Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
"Supporting Quality Assessment and Improvement in Nurse Anesthesia Education"
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COA Celebration Lunch 

In celebration of the COA’s 5 years of continued USDE recognition, the AANA staff were invited to join the COA Board and COA staff for a meet-and-greet  lunch on October 26, at the conclusion of the COA Board meeting. ​ 

From left to right:  Juan Gonzalez, PhD, CRNA; Michael Fallacaro, DNS, CRNA, FAAN; Audrey Berman, PhD, RN; Shari Burns, EdD, MSN, CRNA; Maria Hirsch, DNAP, CRNA; Carly Koerner, BSN, RN, CCRN; Claire Dixon-Lee, PhD, RHIA, CPH, FAHIMA; Julie Pearson, PhD, CRNA; Brian Andrew, JD, MA; Paul Austin, PhD, CRNA; Laura Bonanno, DNP, CRNA; James Walker, DNP, CRNA, FNAP, FAAN Not pictured:  Susan McDonald, DNP, RN, MBA, FACHE, NEA-BC, CENP (Photos:  Linda Lacey)​

Nurse Anesthesia Programs Awarding Master's and Doctoral Degrees for Entry into Practice

Nurse anesthesia programs continue to transition to awarding doctoral degrees. As of December 21, 2018, there are 85 nurse anesthesia programs approved by the COA to offer entry-level doctoral degrees and 25 programs approved to offer post-master’s doctoral degree completion programs. Currently 36 programs remain to be approved to award doctoral degrees to meet the requirement that all students matriculated into entry level nurse anesthesia programs on January 1, 2022, and thereafter be enrolled in a doctoral program. 




List of Accredited Educational Programs Nurse Anesthesia

Accreditation Decisions
Nurse Anesthesia Programs

The COA is a member of the Health Professions Accreditors Collaborative (HPAC). The HPAC has collaborated with the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education in the development and distribution of Guidance on Developing Quality Interprofessional Education for the Health Professions. The document provides guidance to academic institutions and programs on meeting accreditors’ interprofessional education standards. 

Please refer to the Health Professions Accreditors Collaborative website for the guidelines document and Frequently Asked Questions.

Accreditation Standards, Policies and Procedures, and Guidelines​


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

​​The Development of a Common Clinical Assessment Tool for Clinical Evaluation in Nurse Anesthesia Education in the United States

(Revised February 11, 2019)


New FAQ's on Revised Certification Exam Policy


Openings for New COA Directors

The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) is seeking nominations for two openings.  Candidates must be available to attend 3-day COA meetings, typically held in January, May and October.



Federal Recognition of the COA Has Been Renewed