CRNA Schools in South Dakota

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South Dakota, known as the Mount Rushmore State, is ranked #30 in total number of CRNA Schools in the United States.  It shares the #30 CRNA School ranking with Washington, Iowa, Maine, Missouri, Oregon, Rhode Island, and a few other States.  Sioux Falls where the only nurse anesthetist schools in South Dakota is located is the largest city in the State as well as the fastest growing. Students studying at CRNA schools in South Dakota appreciate the outdoor activities including the parks, reservoirs, great lakes, Rocky Mountains and Mount Rushmore.

Located in the Mid-Western United State, South Dakota is part of the RN Compact States agreement.  This means RN nurses 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.

Nurse Anesthetist Programs in South Dakota

There is only one CRNA Programs in South Dakota located in the city of Sioux Falls as shown below:

  1. Mount Marty CRNA, Sioux Falls (Doctor of Nursing Anesthesia Practice)

All the CRNA schools in South Dakota are DNP Doctorate degrees.  There are no MSN master’s degrees offered any longer in South Dakota.  Mount Marty offers 2 CRNA programs, a BS to DNAP and a MS to DNAP.  What makes Mount Marty CRNA unique is they seek to integrate the Mount Marty University core values of awareness of God, community, hospitality and lifelong learning into their lives and into the nurse anesthetist programs in South Dakota.

CRNA Schools in South Dakota

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, South 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 rule of thumb also applies to South Dakota.  With only one CRNA school, South Dakota is ranked #25 in number of CRNA jobs in the US.

CRNA Programs in South Dakota Acceptance Rate

CRNA Programs in South Dakota Acceptance RateThe average acceptance rate for CRNA schools in South Dakota is 21%, which is significantly lower than the national acceptance rate of 26%.  The Mount Marty CRNA Program has a class size of 32 students with approximately 150 qualified applicants each year applying.  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.

Best CRNA Schools in South Dakota

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

Best CRNA School RankingAll CRNA SchoolsCityDegree Offered
28Mount Marty CRNASioux FallsDNAP

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 Dakota CRNA Information

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

Map of CRNA Schools by State

With only one CRNA schools in South Dakota, you may be interested in applying to CRNA programs nearby in other States.  These may 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 Dakota

crna salary in south dakotaSince you’re reading about CRNA Schools in South Dakota, we thought you might be interested in learning about the CRNA Salary in South Dakota 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 Programs in SD Conclusion

To sum up, if you are interested in studying at CRNA Schools in South Dakota, there is only one school – the Mount Marty CRNA Program. CRNA students in South Dakota appreciate the outdoor lifestyle as well as the unique comprehensive program.  As there are not many CRNA programs in SD, I also recommend CRNA applicants also apply to CRNA Schools in Minnesota, Montana, Iowa, and Nebraska.

In addition, pursuing a CRNA program in South Dakota may also make sense if you plan on staying within the State after graduation.  This is because it is common that a SRNA nurse can find nurse anesthetist jobs within the same State easier than students from out of State upon finishing school.

Did you graduate from a CRNA School in South Dakota?  Please let us know what you thought of the program and experience working with the graduates. Click on the image gallery below for more nurse anesthetist schools in SD information.


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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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