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COA's Continued Recognition by USDE

Federal recognition of the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) has been renewed by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE), COA President James Walker, DNP, CRNA, FNAP, FAAN, announced this week. 

In an Aug. 22 letter from Diane Auer Jones, principal deputy under secretary for the USDE, the COA was informed that both USDE staff and the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) recommended renewing the COA’s federal recognition for a period of five years.  The deputy under secretary noted that she concurred with this recommendation.  Five years is the maximum length for continued recognition by the USDE, and the renewal was granted with no compliance report.

The COA submitted its Petition for Continued Recognition in January 2018, and on May 23, 2018, it was reviewed by the NACIQI. Walker,  Vice President Laura Bonanno, DNP, CRNA, and Chief Executive Officer Francis Gerbasi, PhD, CRNA, represented the COA at the review (refer picture).

“The COA’s accreditation process provides assurances of the quality of nurse anesthetists' educational preparation,” said Walker. “The USDE’s decision recognizes and affirms the important role the council plays, not only in fostering and improving the quality of nurse anesthesia education but also in providing competent Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists.”

The COA’s scope of recognition includes accreditation of institutions and programs of nurse anesthesia at the post-master’s certificate, master’s, or doctoral levels in the United States and its territories, including programs offering distance education.