Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
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Standards Approved at January COA Meeting

At the January COA meeting the Standards for Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Programs: Practice Doctorate (PDS) and revisions to the 2004 Standards for Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs were approved. This followed a year of programs using the PDS on a trial basis. The PDS will be used by programs transitioning to award doctoral degrees for entry into practice and post-master’s doctoral degrees for CRNAs. Students accepted into a nurse anesthesia program on January 1, 2022, and thereafter must graduate with doctoral degrees.

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.

 

 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.

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

 

 Openings for New COA Directors

 

The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) is seeking nominations for a Healthcare Administrator.  Candidates must be available to attend 3-day COA meetings, typically held in January, May and October, in Park Ridge, IL.  The first term of office will be for two years, beginning Fall 2015 through Fall 2017. 

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.