Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
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In Memoriam
 
Russell R. Lynn, CRNA, MSN, APN
1966-2014

 
 

Call for Comments - Additional Standards for Entry into Practice Research Doctoral Degrees

At its October 2014 meeting, the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) approved the draft Additional Standards for Entry into Practice Research Doctoral Degrees to be distributed for comment by the community of interest. The Additional Standards for Entry into Practice Research Doctoral Degrees will be included in the back of the Practice Doctorate Standards (PDS) manual. Programs developing research doctoral degree programs for entry into nurse anesthesia practice will need to meet these Standards in addition to the Practice Doctorate Standards.

The COA is seeking your feedback. Please review the draft Standards and provide comments to help inform the COA’s implementation of its Additional Standards for Entry into Practice Research Doctoral Degrees. The survey will remain open until January 2, 2015.

Call for Comments - Additional Standards for Entry into Practice Research Doctoral Degree

Should you have any questions regarding the survey, please contact Jennifer Varhalla at 847-939-3536 or by e-mail at jvarhalla@coa.us.com.

 

 Openings for New COA Directors

 

The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) is seeking nominations for a CRNA Educator Director. Candidates must be available to attend 3-day COA meetings, typically held in January, May and October. 
Click here for more information.

 

 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.
 

 Frequently Asked Questions

 
This FAQ's page, first published in May 2014, is designed to be a dynamic space for addressing current topics in nurse anesthesia accreditation. Content has been added to address member questions related to educational standards. For additional clarification on these FAQs, or if you have other questions, comments or concerns not addressed here, please Contact Us.

Click here to access the FAQ page

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 http://aana.com.