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First CRNA Fellowship Accredited by the COA!

At its May 2014 meeting, the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) granted accreditation to the Hamline University Post-Graduate Advanced Pain Management Fellowship. This is the first fellowship accredited by the COA.
In January 2014 the COA established Standards for Accreditation of Post Graduate CRNA Fellowships (SPGF). CRNA fellowships will provide advanced educational opportunities for CRNAs to advance their practice and the nurse anesthesia profession. The Fellowship Standards support fellowship offerings in areas of specialty practice such as pediatrics, obstetrics, and pain management or in nonclinical concentrations such as leadership or government affairs.

The accreditation process for fellowships is a non-onerous process that includes a post-graduate fellowship assessment prepared by the fellowship to demonstrate compliance with the SPGF and a virtual onsite review by the Fellowship Review Committee. Accreditation may be offered for onetime fellowships, or continuous/intermittent fellowships. Fellowships may be designed to be conducted face-to-face and/or via distance education. Individuals interested in establishing a COA accredited fellowship are encouraged to contact the COA at or 847-655-1160.



 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

Now Available: Crosswalk between COA Practice Doctoral Standards and AANA Scope of Nurse Anesthesia Practice

As part of the development of the Practice Doctoral Standards, the standards were crosswalked with the AANA Scope of Nurse Anesthesia Practice to demonstrate that all elements of the scope are included in the curriculum. 
Click here to view the crosswalk.

 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


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