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COA Directors and Staff Directory

Find a listing of the current directors and staff of the COA.

Supporting Self-Directed Program Improvement

Quality assessment and quality improvement are the two fundamental reasons for accreditation. The COA’s standards, policies and procedures serve as stimuli for programs to engage in self-directed improvement.

Meet Our New Directors

Dennis McKenna, Judy Didion, Jerrol Wallace, and Chelsea Dresner join COA.

Advancing the Profession Through Quality Educational Standards

The COA is responsible for establishing the educational standards for nurse anesthesia programs. The standards represent the minimum requirements all programs must meet.

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COA Publishes White Paper on Scholarly Work

At its October 2019 meeting, the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) approved the publication of the white paper, “Scholarly Work for Practice Doctorate Nurse Anesthesia Programs: Current State and Guidance.”  The purpose of the white paper is to guide programs’ development of criteria for scholarly work as defined in the Standards […]

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COA Revisions to Clarify Requirements for Clinical Supervision of Nurse Anesthesia Students

At its October 9-11, 2019 meeting, the COA reviewed and revised its accreditation Standards and Glossary definitions related to clinical supervision of nurse anesthesia students. The revisions clarify the well-established requirement that states: “Supervision at clinical sites is limited to CRNAs and anesthesiologists who are institutionally credentialed to practice and immediately available for consultation.” The […]

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