CRNA Schools Without ICU Experience

CRNA Schools Without ICU ExperienceTen years ago, there were CRNA schools without ICU experience that required no ICU experience.  Before, there were also CRNA programs that required only three months of ICU experience.  However, today there are no CRNA schools without ICU experience.  As of September 2020, all CRNA schools in the United States require minimum 1 full year of ICU experience.  In fact, many CRNA schools are now requiring 1.5 to 2 years of ICU experience prior to application.  The good news is CRNA admissions are understanding that getting ICU experience is challenging.  With that in mind, there are some CRNA schools without ICU experience which are more flexible in accepting experience in ER, NICU and PICU in place of traditional ICU experience.

ICU Advice for CRNA Requirements

Without a doubt, ICU experience is the most difficult of all the CRNA requirement to meets.  ICU stands for Intensive Care Unit, which are specialized departments in a hospital that patients in bad shape go to.  The truth is ICUs are not interested in training nurses to work for short periods of time only to lose them in a year or two to CRNA schools.  I would like to share some ICU advice to help you prepare for CRNA school.

Intensive Care Unit Tips for CRNAs

ICU Tip #1: Do not openly share during the ICU interview that your intention is to apply for CRNA school.

ICU Tip #2: Network, network, network!  Reach out to people on LinkedIn, your alumni network and any mentors you may have for help.  You need someone to help open the door for you to get you into the right ICU unit.

ICU Tip #3: CRNA schools value experience in a large ICU over a small ICU.

ICU Tip #4: These are the top ICU departments preferred by CRNA schools

Top ICU Departments

  • Cardiothoracic ICU – caring for postoperative cardiac and thoracic surgery patients
  • Coronary Care Unit (CCU) or Cardiac ICU – caring for patients with heart attacks
  • Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) – caring for patients with wide range of medical conditions, such as lung problems, gastrointestinal problems, and blood infections
  • Neuro ICU – Caring for patients with life threatening neurological problems.
  • Surgical ICU (SICU) – caring for patients who recently had or potentially need surgery
  • TICU – Trauma ICU

If you do not have ICU experience, some CRNA schools will consider the following experience

CRNA schools that accept ER experience

CRNA schools that accept ER experienceThe following two CRNA schools accept Emergency Room (ER) experience

  1. Midwestern University CRNA
  2. Michigan State University CRNA

The following twenty CRNA schools will consider ER experience on a case by case basis

  1. Jefferson CRNA Program
  2. Villanova CRNA program
  3. Detroit Mercy CRNA
  4. Marian University CRNA
  5. Barry University Nurse Anesthesia Program
  6. University of Minnesota CRNA
  7. Excela Health School of Anesthesia
  8. FranU CRNA
  9. Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes
  10. U of M CRNA Program
  11. FIU CRNA Program
  12. Columbia University CRNA
  13. Lourdes University CRNA
  14. USF CRNA Program
  15. Missouri State University CRNA
  16. UNF CRNA
  17. UPMC Hamot
  18. Florida Gulf Coast University CRNA
  19. Inter American University
  20. Military CRNA

CRNA schools that accept PICU experience

CRNA schools that accept PICU experienceThe following 96 CRNA schools accept Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) experience

  1. UPenn CRNA
  2. Emory CRNA
  3. Northshore CRNA
  4. Boston College CRNA
  5. USC CRNA School
  6. Georgetown CRNA
  7. Jefferson CRNA Program
  8. USC CRNA School
  9. Case Western CRNA
  10. UM CRNA Program
  11. Loma Linda CRNA
  12. Buffalo CRNA Program
  13. La Salle CRNA program
  14. OHSU Nursing
  15. Rosalind Franklin CRNA
  16. Northeastern CRNA
  17. University of Tulsa Nursing
  18. TCU CRNA
  19. AdventHealth CRNA
  20. National University CRNA
  21. Texas Wesleyan University CRNA
  22. Baylor College of Medicine CRNA
  23. Villanova CRNA program
  24. Marquette CRNA
  25. Samuel Merritt CRNA
  26. Detroit Mercy CRNA
  27. University of Arizona CRNA
  28. York College CRNA
  29. University of Minnesota CRNA
  30. Charleston Area Medical Center
  31. Augusta CRNA Program
  32. Goldfarb CRNA
  33. Excela Health School of Anesthesia
  34. Samford CRNA
  35. NKU CRNA
  36. Bryan College CRNA
  37. University of Wisconsin Oshkosh CRNA
  38. Gonzaga CRNA
  39. Drexel CRNA
  40. Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes
  41. Mount Marty CRNA
  42. Midwestern University CRNA
  43. Otterbein CRNA
  44. UNE CRNA Program
  45. Quinnipiac CRNA Program
  46. Union University CRNA
  47. University of Maryland CRNA
  48. Clarkson College CRNA
  49. Rutgers CRNA
  50. Webster University Nurse Anesthesia Program
  51. U of M CRNA Program
  52. UND CRNA Program
  53. UAB CRNA
  54. Integrated Anesthesia Associates
  55. University of Pittsburgh CRNA
  56. Westminster CRNA
  57. Oakland University CRNA Program
  58. FIU CRNA Program
  59. Yale CRNA
  60. University of South Carolina CRNA
  61. MUSC CRNA Program
  62. Fairfield CRNA
  63. LSU CRNA Program
  64. University of Iowa CRNA
  65. University of Cincinnati CRNA
  66. Columbia University CRNA
  67. University of Tennessee Health Science Center
  68. Lourdes University CRNA
  69. USF CRNA Program
  70. UAMS CRNA Program
  71. Michigan State University CRNA
  72. FSU CRNA
  73. Newman CRNA
  74. Western Carolina University CRNA
  75. VCU CRNA Program
  76. Missouri State University CRNA
  77. Murray State CRNA
  78. Mayo Clinic Health System
  79. UNF CRNA
  80. UT Houston CRNA
  81. Mayo Clinic CRNA
  82. Truman CRNA Program
  83. KU CRNA Program
  84. Old Dominion University CRNA
  85. Bloomsburg CRNA
  86. Florida Gulf Coast University CRNA
  87. Saint Marys CRNA
  88. Wake Forest CRNA
  89. ASU CRNA
  90. Saint Joseph Hospital
  91. Minneapolis School of Anesthesia
  92. USM CRNA Program
  93. Antillean Adventist University
  94. University of Puerto Rico
  95. Military CRNA
  96. Army CRNA

Select PICU Experience

The following 10 CRNA schools will consider PICU experience on a case by case basis

  1. Marian University CRNA
  2. Barry University Nurse Anesthesia Program
  3. Rush University CRNA
  4. FranU CRNA
  5. Keiser University CRNA
  6. Lincoln Memorial University CRNA Program
  8. Raleigh School of Nurse Anesthesia
  10. Inter American University

CRNA schools that accept NICU experience

CRNA schools that accept NICU experienceThe following 80 CRNA schools accept Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) experience

  1. UPenn CRNA
  2. Emory CRNA
  3. Northshore CRNA
  4. USC CRNA School
  5. Georgetown CRNA
  6. Jefferson CRNA Program
  7. USC CRNA School
  8. Case Western CRNA
  9. UM CRNA Program
  10. Loma Linda CRNA
  11. Buffalo CRNA Program
  12. La Salle CRNA program
  13. Rosalind Franklin CRNA
  14. Northeastern CRNA
  15. University of Tulsa Nursing
  16. TCU CRNA
  17. AdventHealth CRNA
  18. National University CRNA
  19. Texas Wesleyan University CRNA
  20. Baylor College of Medicine CRNA
  21. Villanova CRNA program
  22. Marquette CRNA
  23. Samuel Merritt CRNA
  24. Detroit Mercy CRNA
  25. University of Arizona CRNA
  26. York College CRNA
  27. Charleston Area Medical Center
  28. Augusta CRNA Program
  29. Excela Health School of Anesthesia
  30. Samford CRNA
  31. Bryan College CRNA
  32. University of Wisconsin Oshkosh CRNA
  33. Gonzaga CRNA
  34. Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes
  35. Mount Marty CRNA
  36. Otterbein CRNA
  37. UNE CRNA Program
  38. Quinnipiac CRNA Program
  39. Union University CRNA
  40. Clarkson College CRNA
  41. Webster University Nurse Anesthesia Program
  42. U of M CRNA Program
  43. UND CRNA Program
  44. University of Pittsburgh CRNA
  45. Westminster CRNA
  46. Oakland University CRNA Program
  47. FIU CRNA Program
  48. Yale CRNA
  49. University of South Carolina CRNA
  50. MUSC CRNA Program
  51. Fairfield CRNA
  52. LSU CRNA Program
  53. University of Iowa CRNA
  54. University of Tennessee Health Science Center
  55. Lourdes University CRNA
  56. USF CRNA Program
  57. UAMS CRNA Program
  58. Michigan State University CRNA
  59. FSU CRNA
  60. Newman CRNA
  61. Western Carolina University CRNA
  62. VCU CRNA Program
  63. Missouri State University CRNA
  64. Murray State CRNA
  65. Mayo Clinic Health System
  66. UNF CRNA
  67. UT Houston CRNA
  68. Mayo Clinic CRNA
  69. Truman CRNA Program
  70. Bloomsburg CRNA
  71. Florida Gulf Coast University CRNA
  72. Wake Forest CRNA
  73. ASU CRNA
  74. Saint Joseph Hospital
  75. Minneapolis School of Anesthesia
  76. USM CRNA Program
  77. Antillean Adventist University
  78. University of Puerto Rico
  79. Military CRNA
  80. Army CRNA

The following fourteen CRNA schools will consider NICU experience on a case by case basis

  1. Marian University CRNA
  2. Barry University Nurse Anesthesia Program
  3. Rush University CRNA
  4. University of Minnesota CRNA
  5. FranU CRNA
  6. Drexel CRNA
  7. Keiser University CRNA
  8. Integrated Anesthesia Associates
  9. Columbia University CRNA
  10. Lincoln Memorial University CRNA Program
  12. Raleigh School of Nurse Anesthesia
  13. UTC CRNA
  14. Inter American University

All CRNA Schools Without ICU Experience

All CRNA Schools Without ICU ExperienceIn this section, we list out all CRNA Schools Without ICU Experience in the United States.  All the CRNA programs have been approved by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.  Please click on the CRNA School name for more detailed information on the selected CRNA program.

All CRNA Schools Without ICU ExperienceER ExperienceICU ExperiencePICU Experience
Augusta CRNA ProgramAcceptedAccepted
Rosalind Franklin CRNAAcceptedAccepted
Excela Health School of AnesthesiaDependsAcceptedAccepted
FSU CRNAAcceptedAccepted
Marquette CRNAAcceptedAccepted
Millikin CRNA
UAMS CRNA ProgramAcceptedAccepted
UM CRNA ProgramAcceptedAccepted
University of Puerto RicoAcceptedAccepted
Clarkson College CRNAAcceptedAccepted
U of M CRNA Program
Goldfarb CRNADepends
VCU CRNA ProgramAcceptedAccepted
Antillean Adventist UniversityAcceptedAccepted
Inter American UniversityAcceptedAccepted
Lincoln Memorial University CRNA ProgramDependsDepends
Saint Marys CRNAAcceptedAccepted
UNF CRNAAcceptedAccepted
York College CRNAAcceptedAccepted
Cedar Crest CRNA
Northshore CRNAAccepted
UAB CRNAAcceptedAccepted
Drexel CRNAAccepted
TCU CRNAAcceptedAccepted
Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia
Minneapolis School of AnesthesiaAcceptedAccepted
AdventHealth CRNAAcceptedAccepted
Case Western CRNA
Cleveland Clinic CRNA program
FIU CRNA ProgramAcceptedAccepted
Samford CRNAAcceptedAccepted
University of Iowa CRNAAcceptedAccepted
USM CRNA ProgramAcceptedAccepted
Wayne State CRNA
UPMC HamotAcceptedAccepted
Michigan State University CRNAAcceptedAccepted
Baylor College of Medicine CRNAAcceptedAccepted
Bloomsburg CRNAAcceptedAccepted
UT Houston CRNAAcceptedAccepted
KU CRNA ProgramAccepted
National University CRNAAcceptedAccepted
Army CRNAAcceptedAccepted
Fairfield CRNA
LSU CRNA ProgramAcceptedAccepted
Mayo Clinic CRNAAcceptedAccepted
University of Minnesota CRNAAccepted
UTK CRNA ProgramDependsDepends
Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes
Northeastern CRNAAcceptedAccepted
Rush University CRNA
Military CRNAAcceptedAccepted
Oakland University CRNA ProgramAcceptedAccepted
Saint Francis CRNA
Truman CRNA ProgramAcceptedAccepted
University of Tennessee Health Science CenterAccepted
Bryan College CRNAAcceptedAccepted
NKU CRNAAcceptedAccepted
Columbia University CRNAAccepted
Gonzaga CRNAAcceptedAccepted
Integrated Anesthesia AssociatesAccepted
Lourdes University CRNADependsAcceptedAccepted
Mayo Clinic Health SystemAcceptedAccepted
Otterbein CRNAAcceptedAccepted
Rutgers CRNAAccepted
UND CRNA ProgramAcceptedAccepted
University of Akron CRNAAcceptedAccepted
University of Maryland CRNAAcceptedAccepted
Webster University Nurse Anesthesia Program
Yale CRNAAcceptedAccepted
MUSC CRNA ProgramAcceptedAccepted
Westminster CRNAAcceptedAccepted
Florida Gulf Coast University CRNAAcceptedAccepted
University of Arizona CRNAAcceptedAccepted
Western Carolina University CRNAAcceptedAccepted
ASU CRNAAcceptedAccepted
University of South Carolina CRNAAcceptedAccepted
University of Tulsa NursingAcceptedAccepted
Boston College CRNAAcceptedAccepted
Buffalo CRNA ProgramAcceptedAccepted
Detroit Mercy CRNADependsAcceptedAccepted
Duke CRNA ProgramAcceptedAccepted
Georgetown CRNAAcceptedAccepted
Johns Hopkins CRNAAcceptedAccepted
Kaiser CRNAAccepted
Mount Marty CRNAAcceptedAccepted
OHSU NursingAcceptedAccepted
Old Dominion University CRNAAcceptedAccepted
Quinnipiac CRNA ProgramAcceptedAccepted
Raleigh School of Nurse AnesthesiaDependsDepends
St Elizabeth Health CenterAcceptedAccepted
UNE CRNA ProgramAcceptedAccepted
University of Scranton CRNAAcceptedAccepted
USC CRNA SchoolAcceptedAccepted
Villanova CRNA programAccepted
Barry University Nurse Anesthesia ProgramDependsDepends
Murray State CRNAAcceptedAccepted
Newman CRNAAcceptedAccepted
Samuel Merritt CRNAAcceptedAccepted
WVU CRNA programAccepted
UPenn CRNAAccepted
Marian University CRNAAcceptedAccepted
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh CRNAAcceptedAccepted
Saint Joseph HospitalAcceptedAccepted
Loma Linda CRNAAcceptedAccepted
La Roche CRNA
Charleston Area Medical CenterAcceptedAccepted
Emory CRNAAcceptedAccepted
Jefferson CRNA ProgramAcceptedAccepted
Missouri State University CRNAAcceptedAccepted
Texas Wesleyan University CRNAAcceptedAccepted
UNC CRNA ProgramAccepted
Union University CRNAAcceptedAccepted
University of Cincinnati CRNAAccepted
University of Pittsburgh CRNAAcceptedAccepted
USF CRNA ProgramAcceptedAccepted
Wake Forest CRNAAcceptedAccepted
Albany Medical College CRNA Program
Keiser University CRNAAcceptedAccepted
La Salle CRNA programAcceptedAccepted
Midwestern University CRNAAcceptedAccepted

Some of the CRNA schools are marked as Depends.  Usually these schools are less stringent on pure ICU experience.  Rather they are looking that you received an experience comparable to an ICU experience.   In general, characteristic of experience include

  • Comparable in intensity / stress of ICU environment
  • Use of ventilator and other hospital equipment
  • Invasive monitoring which may include arterial blood pressure, CVP, pulmonary artery catherization, ABG analysis, ICP and IAP, etc
  • Experience with critical care pharmacology

Top CRNA Schools

best crna schoolsWe spent hundreds of hours studying all CRNA schools and interviewing over 125 nurse anesthetists to create our exclusive list of Best CRNA Schools.  So now you know CRNA Schools Without ICU Experience, your next research is to compare the Best CRNA programs with CRNA schools that accept NICU experience in order to see which CRNA schools are the best fit and which programs you should apply to.

Map of CRNA Schools by State

To complement CRNA programs without ICU experience, we also list out all CRNA programs by State in the map below for your further research and study.


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

Nurse Anesthetist Salary

CRNA Starting SalaryAs you’re interested in Nurse Anesthesia Schools without ICU Experience, be sure to check out our CRNA Salary Guide and CRNA Starting Salary.  If you are still a student or if you’re wondering how much a fresh CRNA can make right out of nurse anesthesia school, this information will be especially helpful.  You might be surprised too!  We spent hundreds of hours researching salary information from the BLS, the AANA CRNA survey from over 5,000 actual nurse anesthetists as well as from my own CRNA job offers after I graduated.  In addition, different states have different demand and supply economics for nurse anesthetists, so our CRNA Salary by State Guide will help you see which States are the best fit for you.

CRNA schools Without ICU Experience Conclusion

Did you find the list of CRNA schools without ICU experience helpful?  Did you get into CRNA school with ER, PICU or NICU experience?  Please help share your experience with the community below!

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