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 August 10, 2018, there are a total of 80 nurse anesthesia programs approved to offer entry-level doctoral degrees and 24 programs offering post-master’s doctoral completion degree programs for CRNAs. Forty-one programs remain to be approved to award doctoral degrees for entry into practice by the deadline of January 1, 2022. 


List of Accredited Educational Programs Nurse Anesthesia

Accreditation Standards, Policies and Procedures, and Guidelines​


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

COA Recruiting Onsite Reviewers - Practitioners


Federal Recognition of the COA Has Been Renewed 

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

Accreditation Decisions
Nurse Anesthesia Programs