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 Frequently Asked Questions



Hurricane Michael

The COA and AANA wanted to provide you with information regarding nurse anesthesia programs located in the potential path of Hurricane Michael.  The Florida State University (FSU) Nurse Anesthesia Program in Panama City, FL appears to be directly in the storm’s path.

Information received  on October 11th from the program administrator for the FSU nurse anesthesia program, Stacey VanDyke, DNP, CRNA, suggests that some of the program’s local clinical sites (and possibly the main program campus) suffered heavy damage when Michael made landfall.  Dr. VanDyke indicated that the program will need to redirect students to its other sites for clinical rotations.  We will continue to communicate with Dr. VanDyke to ensure that she, her faculty, and her students are safe and to determine if assistance is needed. Additionally, information has been provided to the program on the AANA Foundation’s website regarding the Student Emergency Educational Grant Program Information & Application. The grant program is intended to provide support to nurse anesthesia students during times of financial hardship and natural disaster.

To facilitate communication, a list of programs offering assistance will be established and forwarded to the program administrator for the affected program. Any nurse anesthesia programs interested in being added to the list are encouraged to contact the COA at or call 847-655-1160.

For questions pertaining to the Student Emergency Educational Grant Program​, please email  For any questions regarding continuing the students’ education and accreditation requirements, please contact or call 847-655-1160.


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. 


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