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What are the 5 best schools of nurse anesthesia in the U.S.
This seems to come up every couple of months. Eric, at the beginning of this forum is a CRNA FAQ that has the answer to your question.
DO NOT WORRY ABOUT ATTENDING THE BEST SCHOOL OF NURSE ANESTHESIA.
Such rankings are subjective and arbitrary. If you attend the school that US News and World Report calls the "best," you are operating off of someone else's opinion, and nothing else. If that school teaches in a manner that makes the material more difficult for you, and you flunk out, then that is the worst
school you could attend, since once you flunk out, you are done. You would find it nearly impossible to get back into that or any other program.
Rather than worrying about which schools are ranked the "best," you are far better off looking for schools that are the "best fit" for you.
All programs that allow you to sit for the CRNA boards at the end of the program are certified by the COA as providing adequate instruction. In the end, if you attend the "Harvard School of Nurse Anesthesia" (notional, as Harvard does not have such a school that I know of), and I attend Ray-Buck's school of Nurse Anesthesia and Hair Styling, and both schools are accredited, and we both graduate and pass boards, then we will be doing the same thing for essentially the same money at the end of our education.
When you worry about "the best," you are wasting your time.
Kevin McHugh, CRNA