Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
"Supporting Quality Assessment and Improvement in Nurse Anesthesia Education"
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Transition of Nurse Anesthesia Programs to Award Doctoral Degrees

Nurse anesthesia programs continue to transition to awarding doctoral degrees. Based on programs’ 2017 annual reports, the number of doctoral applications planned for submission from 2018 through 2021 has been identified. As of November 24, 2017, there are a total of 67 nurse anesthesia programs approved to offer entry-level doctoral degrees and 23 programs offering post-master’s doctoral degree completion programs for CRNAs. Fifty-three programs remain to be approved to award doctoral degrees for entry into practice by the deadline of January 1, 2022. 





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.

"Promoting Excellence in Nurse Anesthesia Education for Over 40 Years"

Open Position COA Director

The COA is seeking nominations for one CRNA Educator. Candidates must be available to attend 3-day COA meetings, typically held in January, May and October.  The term of office for the CRNA Educator is three years, beginning Fall 2018 through Fall 2021.  The individual then would be eligible to be considered for reappointment to a second term. 

Click here for criteria and details on how to apply

Opportunities to Provide Assistance

Several nurse anesthesia programs have expressed an interest in providing assistance for displaced students. To facilitate communication with the programs in Puerto Rico the COA has started keeping a list of programs interested in offering assistance and will forward the information to the programs in Puerto Rico when communication is restored. If your program is interested in being added to the list please contact the COA at or call 847-655-1160.

In addition the AANA has established a Hurricane Resources webpage with information and links to charities, relief organizations and other resources.

We will continue to keep our thoughts and prayers with all those who have suffered damage or loss as the result of the hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

 New Whistleblower Policy

The COA is committed to preventing reprisals against employees, volunteers, or any individuals associated with the COA who report activity undertaken by other COA employees or volunteers in connection with the performance of official COA activity that may be in violation of any state or federal law or related regulation, or the COA’s corporate accounting practices, internal financial controls, or audit.  The COA’s “Whistleblower Policy,” which describes the procedures for handling these reported concerns, was revised at the June 2016 COA meeting. .  Click here for more information