Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
"Supporting Quality Assessment and Improvement in Nurse Anesthesia Education"
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Open Positions on the COA 

The COA is seeking nominations for two CRNA Educator directors, one CRNA Practitioner director, and one Public Representative. Candidates must be available to attend 3-day COA meetings, typically held in January, May and October.  The term of office for the CRNA Educators and Public Representative is three years, beginning Fall 2017 through Fall 2020.  The individuals then would be eligible to be considered for reappointment to a second term. The CRNA Practitioner will complete the remaining term of the upcoming vacancy, i.e., Fall 2017 through Fall 2018, and then would be eligible to be considered for reappointment to a full term of three years. Click here for more information

​Transition of Nurse Anesthesia Programs to Award Doctoral Degrees

Nurse anesthesia programs continue to transition to awarding doctoral degrees. Based on programs’ 2016 annual reports, the number of doctoral applications planned for submission from 2017 through 2019 has been identified. As of December 7, 2016, there are a total of  53 nurse anesthesia programs approved to offer entry-level doctoral degrees and 27 programs offering post-master’s doctoral degree completion programs for CRNAs. Sixty-three programs remain to be approved to award doctoral degrees for entry into practice by the deadline of January 1, 2022. 


New Position Statement on International Clinical Experiences

At its June 2016 meeting, the COA developed a statement regarding students’ participation in international clinical experiences.  The COA values international clinical experiences that are intended to be primarily learning-oriented with educational considerations taking precedence over any service delivery or revenue generation; however, international clinical experiences (i.e., cases, hours, procedures, and anesthesia time) cannot be counted towards COA case requirements.  Though the COA will not be developing a formal mechanism for counting international clinical experiences, the COA and its International Issues Special Interest Group have developed a Position Statement on students’ international clinical experiences.   Click here for more information

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

COA and the AANA Education Committee Working to Enhance Nurse Anesthesia Education

From left to right: Francis Gerbasi, PhD, CRNA, Executive Director, COA; Keith Torgersen,
MSN, CRNA, Chair, COA; Scarlett Hinson, DNP, MSN, CRNA, Chair, FY16 Education Committee,
AANA; Bruce Schoneboom, PhD, CRNA, FAAN, COL (Ret), USA, Senior Director, Education
and Professional Development, AANA

 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

 COA Position Statement




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.