CRNA Schools in South Carolina

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South Carolina, known as the Palmetto State, is ranked #16 in total number of CRNA Schools in the United States.  It shares the #16 CRNA School ranking with Maryland, Massachusetts, Arizona, New Jersey as well as several other States.  Top CRNA schools are located throughout South Carolina, especially in Charleston and Columbia.  CRNA students in SC appreciate the year-long subtropical weather, clean air, beautiful coastlines & landscapes and many fun places to visit and things to do.

South Carolina is included in the RN Compact States agreement that means RN nurses in South Carolina are able to move around freely and work within all 33 approved multi-license states.  However, it’s important to note that there is no such APRN Compact for nurse anesthetists yet though this may change in the future.  This is something that is important when people consider CRNA Schools in SC.

Nurse Anesthetist Programs in South Carolina

There are two CRNA Schools in South Carolina located in the cities of Charleston and Columbia as shown below:

  1. MUSC CRNA Program, Charleston (Doctor of Nursing Practice)
  2. University of South Carolina CRNA, Columbia (Doctor of Nursing Practice)

Both CRNA programs in SC only offer DNP degrees.  There are no nurse anesthetist schools in South Carolina that offer MSN masters degrees.  MUSC CRNA is formally known as the Medical University of South Carolina.  The School offers two CRNA programs – one for Post Baccalaureate and the other for Post Masters.  The University of South Carolina CRNA offers a DNP degree where the first two semesters are online format.  The program is done through the University of South Carolina School of Medicine though the first two semesters are through the College of Nursing.  Interestingly, it is rare for CRNA programs to be done through the medical school so this is one factor that makes the UofSC program unique.

CRNA Schools in South Carolina

As of Year End 2020, there are 122 CRNA schools in the United States and 2.4 CRNA schools in each State on average.  To compare, there are 13 CRNA schools in Pennsylvania and 9 CRNA schools in Florida.  In addition, North Carolina and Tennessee both have 6 CRNA schools.  On the other hand, there are no CRNA programs at all in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada, New Mexico, Vermont, New Hampshire, Alaska, and Hawaii.  Oftentimes, the States with more CRNA schools tend to have more CRNA jobs as well.  This generalization applies to CRNA Schools in South Carolina the State ranks #13 in most number of CRNA jobs in the US, which is a great ranking.

CRNA Programs in South Carolina Acceptance Rate

CRNA Programs in South Carolina Acceptance RateThe average acceptance rate for CRNA schools in South Carolina is 24%.  This is very similar to the national CRNA average acceptance rate of 26%.  Both nurse anesthetist schools in South Carolina are competitive.  MUSC CRNA Program acceptance rate is 20% while the University of South Carolina CRNA acceptance rate is 27%.  Both programs have a class size of 30 students each.  In general, the easiest CRNA schools to get into by State are generally in the States with more CRNA schools.  For example, the average acceptance rate for CRNA schools in Florida is 30% with 9 CRNA Schools.  This compares with an acceptance rate of 13% for CRNA schools in Georgia and 24% in South Carolina, which only have 2 CRNA schools.

Best CRNA Schools in South Carolina

best crna schoolsPlease see the list below for the best CRNA schools in South Carolina.

Best CRNA School RankingAll CRNA SchoolsCityDegree Offered
29MUSC CRNA ProgramCharlestonDNAP
75University of South Carolina CRNAColumbiaDNAP

Be sure to check out our exclusive best nurse anesthetist schools list.  Through interviewing over 125 real CRNAs, we ranked all CRNA schools to come up with the best CRNA schools in America.

Other South Carolina CRNA Information

Whether you’re looking to apply to CRNA programs in South Carolina or already a CRNA, check out CRNA Salary in South Carolina and South Carolina Board of Nursing to learn more about nurse anesthesia in the State.

Map of CRNA Schools by State

With two CRNA schools in South Carolina, you may also be interested in applying to CRNA programs nearby in other States.  The States that have nurse anesthetist schools include:


The darker the blue color equivocates to more CRNA Schools in the State.
Tier 1 = 6 or more CRNA Schools
2nd Tier  = 3 to 5 CRNA Schools
Tier 3 = 1 or 2 CRNA Schools
White means no CRNA schools in the State.
Data source: everythingCRNA

CRNA Salary in South Carolina

crna salary in south carolinaSince you’re reading about CRNA Schools in South Carolina, we thought you might be interested in learning about the CRNA Salary in South Carolina if you’re going to work in the State.  Be sure to also check out our CRNA Salary Guide and CRNA Starting Salary if you’re still a student or if you’re wondering how much a fresh CRNA can make right out of nurse anesthesia school.  Different States have different demand and supply economics of nurse anesthetists, so my advice is to be sure to read up on different states to see which ones fit you best.

Nurse Anesthetist Schools in SC Conclusion

In summary, students in CRNA Schools in South Carolina are very satisfied with the quality of life in the State.  In addition, the CRNA job market in South Carolina is very strong, which gives an upper hand to graduates from MUSC and the University of South Carolina nurse anesthetist schools.

Did you graduate from one of the two CRNA Schools in South Carolina?  Please let us know what you thought of the programs and experience working with the CRNA graduates.  Click on the image gallery below for more information on nurse anesthetist programs in SC.


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Author Bio: Nelson started everythingCRNA to help aspiring, student and practicing CRNAs & CAAs. Nelson is currently a CRNA in New York City.  Previously, he worked as an ICU Travel RN and Critical Care RN in Philadelphia, Miami, Washington DC, and Boston.  He earned his BSN from Penn State and his MSN from Bloomsburg.  He is also a member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA). In his free time, he enjoys working out, exploring the outdoors, and helping future CRNAs.

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