CRNA Schools and Programs in Louisiana

Debra Riley


Looking for the best CRNA schools in Louisiana? We have done the research for you – to save you some time and energy. Choices for nurse anesthetist training programs in Louisiana are limited but as always you do have options. Let’s have a look …

If you hold a Registered Nurse (RN) license in Louisiana (LA) the next step for you might be to consider advancing your career by enrolling in a DNP program specializing in nurse anesthesia (CRNA). These are specialized advanced-practice registered nurses with excellent earning potential.

Check out our main nurse salary in Louisiana page for a side by side look at several salary scales for different nursing careers. We also have our main average nurse salaries by state page to see how wages vary across all states in the United States.

CRNA’s in Louisiana are advanced practice nurses who are registered by the Louisiana Board of Nursing and have certification from the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists(AANA). They must hold a current Louisiana Registered Nurse License, have graduated from an approved educational program and succesfully completed the National Certification Exam. They must comply with all requirements for re-certification as per the Louisiana Association of Nurse Anesthetists.

Changes to how CRNA’s are trained and become qualified are being introduced with many schools and universities submitting applications to the COA for approval to award doctoral programs.

crna schools in louisiana

“The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) requires that all students matriculating into a nurse anesthesia educational program on January 1, 2022 or thereafter be enrolled in a program approved by the COA to award a practice doctoral degree.”

These changes are necessary because The  American Association of Nurse Anesthetists(AANA) has stated that,

“By 2025 all CRNA programs change from the current Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia degree to a Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice. All nurse anesthetists qualified before 2025 will not have to go back and study as they will be “grandfathered” in.

Louisiana has two CRNA programs in universities and one clinical facility for nurses who attend Texas Wesleyan* for the first 12 months o their DNP program.

Universities in Louisiana Offering CRNA Programs

Louisiana State University

Louisiana State University Health Sciences
Center (LSUHSC) School of Nursing
Nurse Anesthetist Program
1900 Gravier St.
New Orleans, LA 70112

Program Facts

  • CRNA Degree BSN-DNP
  • Post Masters DNP
  • Duration- 36 month
  • Class Size-45
  • Tuition Costs (approx)
  • In state $83,000
  • Out of State $132,000

Louisiana State University Nurse Anesthesia Program is a 36 month continuous course. They do not follow a traditional semester rotation as students need to fulfill clinical hours in order to complete the course. They need to study in diffferent clinical areas and types of anesthesia cases to comply with Council on Accreditation (COA) requirements.

Our Lady of the Lake College

OLOL College Nurse Anesthetist Program
School of Nursing
5414 Brittany Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

Program Facts

  • CRNA Degree DNP – Nurse Anesthsia
  • Duration- 36 month
  • Class Size-30-35
  • Tuition Costs (approx)
  • In state $95,000

Texas Wesleyan University

*Although not in Louisiana this course offers student the chance to study on campus for the first year and then complete their clinical practice in some of the 19 clinical facilities.

Graduate Programs of Nurse Anesthesia Building
1201 Wesleyan Street
Fort Worth, TX 76105

Program Facts

  • CRNA Degree -DNP
  • Duration- 36 month
  • Class Size-127-139
  • Tuition Costs (approx)
  • In state $110,000

State Facility LSU Medical Center, Shreveport

According to the Bureua of Labor Statistics latest figures (2018) there are 740 CRNA’s employed in Louisiana and graduates from these schools have an excellent record for gaining employment post graduation.

The choice for CRNA schools in Louisiana is quite limited as is the case in many states. This is a very specialized career path and is relatively new so numbers are steadily growing.

See some of the other states that are proving popular for nurse anesthetist training programs:

Remember to check out our main CRNA Schools page for all states – consider studying in a state near you with more options.