Universities in California Offering CRNA and DNP Programs

Debra Riley


Looking for CRNA schools in California? Here you will find a list of the top rated schools with anesthesia programs for this state. Let’s have a look at what is on offer …

Nurse Anesthesia is a highly specialized area of nursing and with that comes extensive training. In California there are 6 universities offering a CRNA or DNP programs. This is a exceptionally rewarding career and has huge earning potential. So, have a look at what is on offer in sunny California.

The 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. Check our detailed Nurse Salary in California page to see the earning potential in Cali compared to other US states.

CRNA Schools in California – Nurse Anesthesia

1. Cal State University Fullerton

Kaiser Permanente School of Anesthesia
100 S. Los Robles, Ste 501
Pasadena, CA 91188

This university offer two degree programs:

  • CRNA Degree’s offered
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice in Anesthesia- DNAP
  • Post-Master’s Certificate

This is a 3year,9 semester program with 35-40 students per class

2. Loma Linda University

LLU School of Nursing
West Hall
11262 Campus Street
Loma Linda, California 92350

CRNA Degree offered:

  • BS to DNP

This is a 39 month full time course with around 16 students per class.

3. National University-Fresno

NU Fresno Campus
School of Health and Human Services
20 E River Park Place West
Fresno, CA 93720-1551

CRNA Degree offered:

  • DNAP-Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice

This is a27 month full time course with 12-15 students per class


4. Samuel Merritt University

Samuel Merritt University
Providence Pavilion
3100 Summit Street, 3rd Floor
Oakland, CA 94609

CRNA Degree offered:

  • Master of Science in Nursing

This is a 27 month full time CRNA course with 25-28 students per class.

5. Texas Wesleyan University

1201 Wesleyan Street
Fort Worth, TX 76105

Although not in California 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. Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, Colton is the facility in California.

CRNA Degree offered:

  • Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice-DNAP
  • DNAP online completion program.

This is a 36 month full time course with 10-15 students per class based in California.

6. USC Medical Center

University of Southern California (USC)
Keck School of Medicine
1540 Alcazar Street
Los Angeles, CA 90089-9012

CRNA Degree offered:

  • Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice-DNAP

This is a 36 month full time course with 16-20 students per class.

This article can be used as a quick guide to courses on offer in California. CRNA’s are among the highest paid nursing roles with earning potential in California of over $217,000 per year this is in part due to the higher cost of living.

Some other popular states for CRNA schools include – Texas and Florida.

For a list of all options in other states check out our main CRNA Schools page.

Some more nursing resources for California – have a quick look :

Top 10 Hospitals in California

Best Psychiatric Facilities in California

Top 10 Nursing Schools in California

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