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 Frequently Asked Questions



Status - Nurse Anesthesia Programs Located in Puerto Rico

There are three nurse anesthesia programs located in Puerto Rico with an approximate total of 143 students. The programs are located at the University of Puerto Rico, InterAmerican University, and Antillean Adventist University.  All three programs have resumed classes as of Monday, October 9, 2017.  Students should refer to communications from their program administrator and university for further information.
For students enrolled in nurse anesthesia programs located in states impacted by hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, the AANA Foundation supports student nurse anesthetists during times of financial hardship and natural disaster through its Student Emergency Educational Grant Program. Eligibility and submission details are located in the attached Information Packet and Application for: Program Directors and Nurse Anesthesia Students.  A Spanish version of this application is available. To request a copy, please email
Effective Monday, November 20, 2017, the AANA Foundation has revised the student emergency grant application to require financial documentation from applicants. After that date, only the year of graduation requirement (noted with asterisks*) will be waived for students affected by a recent natural disaster; all other criteria must be completed. The revised application has been posted on The previous application that waives the financial requirements will only be accepted through November 19, 2017.
For questions pertaining to the Student Emergency Educational Grant Program, please email  Any questions regarding continuing the students’ education and accreditation requirements, please contact or call 847-655-1160.

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 September 7, 2017, there are a total of 62 nurse anesthesia programs approved to offer entry-level doctoral degrees and 24 programs offering post-master’s doctoral degree completion programs for CRNAs. Fifty-eight 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"


 Call for Comments


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