Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
"Supporting Quality Assessment and Improvement in Nurse Anesthesia Education"
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 Standards and Policies Updates

The COA adopted the Standards for Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Programs – Practice Doctorate (Trial PDS) and the Post-Graduate CRNA Fellowship Standards at its January 2014 meeting.
Revisions were also made to the 2004 Standards for Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs and the Accreditation Policies and Procedures.
The documents are available on the COA's website in the Accreditation Section under Accreditation Standards, Policies and Procedures.  
The COA would like to express its appreciation to the Standard Revision Task Force members for their work in developing and revising the draft standards and the NBCRNA for its financial assistance in support of the major revision of the Standards.

 COA Leadership Attend NACIQI Meeting


COA Chair, Vice Chair and Executive Director attend the December meeting of the National
Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) in support of continued
recognition by the U.S. Department of Education

From left to right: Kathy Cook, CRNA, MSN, COA Chair, Frank Gerbasi, CRNA, PhD,
COA Executive Director; Kay Sanders, CRNA, DNP, COA Vice Chair


 Openings for New COA Directors


​Joint Letter in Support of VA Nurse Anesthetists

The COA,  AANA and NBCRNA recently sent a joint letter of support to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for their recognition of CRNAs and APRNs full scope of practice. Click here to read the letter.

 AANA Membership


​The COA will continue to post documents in the "Members' Only" section of the AANA website.

On this site you will find information regarding Council Meeting Dates, Accreditation Decisions, Upcoming Workshops and Training Sessions and Contract Information.

 For copies of the Accreditation Policies and Procedures, Standards for Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs or the Program Director's Update,  please visit the Members' Section of the AANA website at