Accreditation Standards, Policies and Procedures, and Guidelines

The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) accredits nurse anesthesia programs within the United States and Puerto Rico that award post-master’s and post-doctoral certificates, master’s, or doctoral degrees, including programs offering distance education.  The COA also offers accreditation for postgraduate CRNA fellowships.  The manuals below contain the accreditation Standards for nurse anesthesia educational programs and postgraduate CRNA fellowships, and describe the policies and procedures that govern the accreditation of these programs by the COA.  If you have any questions or suggestions for future revisions, please contact us.

2004 Standards for Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs, revised October 2019 (PDF)

Standards for Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Programs – Practice Doctorate, revised October 2019 (PDF)

Accreditation Policies and Procedures Manual, revised July 2020 (PDF)

Post Graduate CRNA Fellowship Standards, revised April 2018 (PDF)

Guidelines Counting Clinical Experiences July 2017 (PDF)

White Paper on Scholarly Work (PDF)