Students can demonstrate compliance with the competencies expressed in Standard III, Criterion C21e4 and Practice Doctorate Standard D.30 by completing class presentations (face-to-face, virtual), making presentations to staff in the clinical setting (such as grand rounds type presentations), podium and poster presentations at local, state, national meetings, patient education (including preoperative interviews), and other methods. […]
What role should accreditation Standards play in regulating the CRNA workforce?
None. The COA does not and cannot consider workforce (i.e., supply and demand for CRNAs) in its accreditation decision-making process. COA activities in this regard would be inconsistent with U.S. Department of Education and Council for Higher Education Accreditation recognition requirements. It would also have antitrust implications. Instead, the COA requires programs to demonstrate substantial compliance […]
What is the process for granting initial accreditation to new nurse anesthesia programs?
The COA’s process for the accreditation of a new nurse anesthesia program is focused on ensuring the program’s compliance with the accreditation Standards. The process, as identified in the COA’s Accreditation Policies and Procedures, is consistent with the recognition requirements of both the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation […]
What is the role of the Council in regard to the profit margins of nurse anesthesia programs?
The Council does not play a role in the profit margins of anesthesia programs. However, the COA’s Standards require programs to provide evidence that adequate resources exist to support the size and scope of the program to appropriately prepare students for practice and to promote the quality of graduates including: Financial resources that are budgeted […]
Should a standardized entrance examination(s) be required for applicants to nurse anesthesia educational programs?
A valid, reliable entrance examination, specific to nurse anesthesia, does not exist. Programs are required to enroll students who are academically and experientially prepared for nurse anesthesia education in the following ways: Applicants have achieved academic success in baccalaureate-level degrees thereby demonstrating critical thinking abilities consistent with that level of education. Successful completion of the […]