Update: March 22, 2021
FAQ's and Statement Regarding Meeting Clinical Requirements
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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.

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COA Update Regarding Revisions to Standards and Policies

At its January 28-30, 2021 meeting, the COA approved revisions to its Standards for Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Programs – Practice Doctorate and Accreditation Policies and Procedures manual. These revisions were made in response to recommendations from the Full Scope of Practice Competency Task Force, the COA’s Standards Revisions Subcommittee, and the COA’s Standards and […]

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FAQ’s and Statement Regarding Meeting Clinical Requirements

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