CRNA Schools in Tennessee

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Tennessee, known as the Volunteer State, is ranked #4 in total number of CRNA Schools in the United States.  It’s ranking is tied with North Carolina.  CRNA students in TN rate the state highly in terms of mild climate and strong economy in manufacturing, automotive and especially in healthcare.  CRNA Schools in TN range from being in larger universities like the University of Tennessee to smaller more intimate schools.  Several of the CRNA schools in TN are located in the cities of Chattanooga, Memphis and Knoxville.  However, more are located in smaller towns.  In total, there are 6 CRNA Schools in Tennessee as listed out below:

  1. UTC CRNA, Chattanooga (Master of Science in Nursing)
  2. Lincoln Memorial University CRNA Program, Harrogate (Master of Science in Nursing)
  3. Union University CRNA, Jackson (Doctor of Nursing Practice)
  4. UT CRNA Program, Knoxville (Doctor of Nursing Practice)
  5. Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia, Madison (Doctor of Nursing Anesthesia Practice)
  6. University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis (Doctor of Nursing Practice)

CRNA Schools in Tennessee

As of November 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 is identical to Tennessee in both having 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.

More often than not, the States with more CRNA schools tend to have more CRNA jobs as well.  This applies to CRNA jobs in Tennessee as well – Tennessee is ranked #3 in the US in terms of most number of nurse anesthetist jobs.

CRNA Programs in Tennessee Acceptance Rate

CRNA Programs in Tennessee Acceptance RateThe average acceptance rate for CRNA programs in Tennessee is 25%.  This is very similar compared to the national CRNA average acceptance rate of 26%.  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.  That is to say, both these States only have 2 CRNA schools.  However, this is only a general rule of thumb and does not apply to all States all the time.

In Tennessee, the Lincoln Memorial University CRNA Program and Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia are the CRNA Programs with the highest acceptance rates of 40% and 36% respectively.  On the other hand, University of Tennessee Health Science Center is the hardest CRNA program in Tennessee to get in with an acceptance rate of 14%.

Lastly, the Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia has one of the larger CRNA class sizes of 72 people (ranked #2 in terms of largest CRNA class size out of 122 schools).  This is nearly 3 times the average class size of 25 students per university.

Best CRNA Schools in Tennessee

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

Best CRNA School RankingAll CRNA SchoolsCityDegree Offered
56UTK CRNA ProgramChattanoogaMSN
57University of Tennessee Health Science CenterMemphisDNP
62UTC CRNAKnoxvilleDNP
64Union University CRNAJacksonDNP
69Middle Tennessee School of AnesthesiaMadisonDNAP
100Lincoln Memorial University CRNA ProgramHarrogateMSN

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 Tennessee CRNA Information

CRNA Programs in TN InformationWhether you are a student aspiring to attend a CRNA programs in Tennessee or already a CRNA, check out CRNA Salary in Tennessee and Tennessee Board of Nursing to learn more about nurse anesthesia in the State.

Map of CRNA Schools by State


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 Tennessee

crna salary in tennesseeSince you’re reading about CRNA Schools in Tennessee, we thought you might be interested in learning about the CRNA Salary in Tennessee 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 TN Conclusion

In conclusion, the State of Tennessee is a great foundation to attend CRNA schools as it also has a very strong healthcare industry with plentiful CRNA jobs for graduates.  Did you attend a CRNA program in Tennessee or are you applying to CRNA schools in TN now?  Share your experience with the group below! Click on the image gallery below for more information on nurse anesthetist schools in TN.


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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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