As I was once told by a organ transplant surgeon, the primary "barrier" in Indiana is that Indiana University is heavily touted as one of the largest/best anesthesia programs in the country. IU Medical Center (in Indy where the medical school is located) is the only genuine teaching hospital in the state, unfortunately due to the caliber of a CRNA program I imagine it would probably demand a teaching hospital for adequate internship opportunity. If a CRNA program were to co-exist on IUMC campus, just imagine the competitive environment for clinical hours.
Since the MDs are their "preciousness" they of course prevail over and RN. I find it very interesting that the president of AANA is in Indy. The nearest CRNA programs are all outside of the state of Indiana (Toledo, Cincinnati, Chicago, [perhaps Louisville?], interestingly they are all within 30 min or so from the Indiana border). I would like to see the nursing program
from Purdue pick this up and develop it in Fort Wayne at the IU/PU Fort Wayne Campus; there are 2 rather large hospital systems here, and of course they could also establish themselves at St. Vincent's Hospital in Indianapolis, which is more separated from the medical school.
The CRNAs are found at the rural hospitals and salary starts at about $145,000/yr; this is all info I've gathered personally when I have chatted amongst them. FP physicians here start at about $135,000/yr.
If my hubby could relocate with his job I would apply and move to one of these areas to get my CRNA. Unfortunately the rumors state that soon a PhD will be required for NP/PA/CRNA to carry prescriptive authority; who knows since we may soon be moving to socialized health care. If that happens, God help us all. For now moving is not an option for me.