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

The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) is the accrediting agency for
nurse anesthesia programs in the United States, its territories, and protectorates.
  1. To grant public recognition to nurse anesthesia programs and institutions that award post master’s certificates, master’s, and doctoral degrees that meet nationally established standards of academic quality (quality assessment).

  2. To assist programs and institutions in improving educational quality (quality enhancement).

The goals of the Council are to:
  1. Pursue its mission, goals and objectives and conduct its operations with integrity.

  2. Advise, formulate, and/or adopt standards, criteria, policies and procedures for the accreditation of nurse anesthesia educational programs, subject to review and comment by all constituencies that are significantly affected by them.

  3. Foster academic quality in educational programs.

  4. Utilize evaluation to measure a program's degree of success in meeting programmatic objectives and accreditation requirements within the context of its institutional mission and resources.

  5. Encourage innovations in program design and/or experimental programs that are based on sound educational principles.

  6. Ensure responsiveness to its communities of interest including, but not limited to students, programs, and the public.

  7. Foster student achievement and continuous program improvement as a basis of promoting quality nurse anesthesia services to the public.

  8. Incorporate public involvement in its decision making related to quality and accountability.