CRNA Schools and Programs in Georgia

Debra Riley


Looking for the best CRNA schools in Georgia? Well I have some good news … and some not so good news! The good news is that we have done the research to help speed up your search. The not so good news is that your choices in this state are limited. Let’s have a look …

There are only two universities and nursing schools in Georgia (GA) offering a DNP in anesthesia. Those completing the programme are eligible to sit the National Certification Examination essential to practice as a nurse anesthetist or Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA).

Don’t let the small number of schools offering CRNA training programs put you off – you do have other options that I explain below. Nurse anesthetists are a fast growing career path for many nurses looking for good career progression.

Many people are attracted by the career itself as well as the prospect of increased salaries. Check out our main CRNA salary page for details. We also have a nurse salary in Georgia page with details of CRNA wages compared to other nursing salaries. I think you’ll be impressed by the wages for qualified nurse anesthetists!

CRNA’s in Georgia are advanced practice nurses who are registered by the Georgia Board of Nursing and have certification from the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA). They must hold a current Georgia Registered Nurse License, have graduated from an approved educational program and successfully completed the National Certification Exam.

They must comply with all requirements for re-certification as per the Georgia Association of Nurse Anesthetists.

crna schools in georgia

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.

“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.

CRNA Programs in Georgia

Augusta University

Augusta University, Anesthesia Program
987 St. Sebastian Way, EC 5517
Augusta, GA 30912

Program Facts

  • CRNA Degree DNP
  • Duration- 36 month 9 semesters
  • Class Size-25-30
  • Tuition Costs (approx)
  • In state $86,000
  • Out of State $167,000

Emory University

Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing

Department of Nurse Anesthesia
1520 Clifton Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30322

Program Facts

  • CRNA Degree DNP
  • Duration- 36 month
  • Class Size-10-15
  • Tuition Costs (approx)
  • In state $178,000

As you can see there is a huge difference in the approximate tuition fees and costs so be sure to pick a school that is right for you.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics latest figures show there are 990 CRNA’s employed in Georgia, this is expected to rise significantly over the next five years with some figures as high as 31% growth.

Although the options for attending a CRNA school in Georgia is limited there are opportunities in close states such as Florida, Louisiana and Alabama – but there are excellent employment opportunities in your home state following graduation and certification.

Have a look at our main CRNA Schools by State page – it covers all states in the US offering nurse anesthetist training programs. If the programs in Georgia do not meet your needs you may consider having a look at other states with more choices.

Remember this is only the start of your research process – look at all your options and take some time to consider the ones that will best suit your personal needs. It is a big commitment both financially and in time and effort so make sure you make good choices.

Good luck and thanks for reading!