CRNA Schools in West Virginia

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West Virginia, known as the Mountain State, is ranked #16 in total number of CRNA Schools in the United States.  It shares the #16 CRNA School ranking with Alabama, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, South Carolina, Virginia, and a few other States.  Many universities, including CRNA Schools in West Virginia, are located in the state capital of Charleston in the center of the state and Morgantown.  Students studying at CRNA schools in WV appreciate the diverse terrain full of natural beauty, safety and quality of life in the State.  In fact, Morgantown was ranked as one of the top 100 best places to live by Livability.

Located in the Eastern United States, West Virginia is part of the RN Compact States agreement.  This means RN nurses can 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 may be important for students considering nurse anesthetist schools in West Virginia.

Nurse Anesthetist Programs in West Virginia

There is only two CRNA Programs in West Virginia located in the cities of Charleston and Morgantown as shown below:

  1. Charleston Area Medical Center, Charleston (Doctor of Nursing Anesthesia Practice)
  2. WVU CRNA Program, Morgantown (Doctor of Nursing Practice)

CRNA Schools in WV

All CRNA programs in WV are DNP programs.  West Virginia no longer offers Masters programs including MSN degrees.  WVU CRNA Program, known as West Virginia University, in Morgantown is the state’s largest traditional university.  Charleston Area Medical Center, also known as CAMC, offers an integrated program with didactic and clinical education.  CAMC School of Nurse Anesthesia is also affiliated with the Marshall University Brad D. Smith Schools of Business.  Students will attend classes at the Marshall University South Charleston campus as well as CAMC’s medical facilities in Charleston. Applications for nurse anesthesia must be submitted to both schools.

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 generalization definitely applies to West Virginia as the State is ranked #20 in most number of CRNA jobs in the States.

CRNA Programs in West Virginia Acceptance Rate

CRNA Programs in West Virginia Acceptance RateThe average acceptance rate for CRNA schools in West Virginia is 34%, which is significantly higher than the national acceptance rate of 26%.  The reason is because the acceptance rate at the WVU CRNA Program is unusually high at 43% because the number of qualified applicants applying to the CRNA school is very small.  Only 35 qualified applicants applied for a class size of 15 students!  This may be a hidden gem for students looking for the easiest CRNA schools to get into. The Charleston Area Medical Center acceptance rate is exactly average at 25% with 26 students being accepted out of 100 qualified applicants.

Best CRNA Schools in West Virginia

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

Best CRNA School RankingAll CRNA SchoolsCityDegree Offered
73Charleston Area Medical CenterCharlestonDNAP
81WVU CRNA programMorgantownDNP

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 West Virginia CRNA Information

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

Map of CRNA Schools by State

With only one CRNA schools in West Virginia, 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 West Virginia

crna salary in west virginia (1)Since you’re reading about CRNA Schools in West Virginia, we thought you might be interested in learning about the CRNA Salary in West Virginia 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 WV Conclusion

To conclude, if you are interested in studying at CRNA Schools in West Virginia, there are two schools, the WVU CRNA Program and the Charleston Area Medical Center.  As there are not many CRNA programs in WV, I also recommend CRNA applicants also apply to CRNA Schools in New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and North Carolina. To emphasize, the WVU CRNA Program is definitely a hidden gem for anesthesia students looking for the easiest CRNA schools to get into.

West Virginia ranks remarkably high in the CRNA job market. Pursuing a CRNA program in West Virginia 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 one of the CRNA Schools in West Virginia?  Please let us know what you thought of the program and experience working with the graduates. Click on the image gallery below to learn more about nurse anesthetist programs in WV.


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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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