Why is information the COA collects and considers in its accreditation decision-making process considered confidential?

The COA follows its policies and procedures in providing programs’ accreditation related information to the public. The policies and procedures are consistent with the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education  Accreditation (CHEA) recognition requirements for accrediting agencies. Maintaining confidentiality within the accreditation process promotes candor. Assurance of confidentiality allows programs […]

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What information does the COA provide to the public regarding a nurse anesthesia program’s accreditation status?

The COA provides information regarding the nurse anesthesia programs it accredits to the public in accordance with its policies and procedures. It also requires programs to provide student achievement information on their websites. Examples of information provided by the COA include: (1) List of Accredited Programs – program address, contact information, degrees awarded, program start/end […]

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What pass rate data must be posted to the program’s website?

Per “Certification Examination” policy item #1h, programs are required to: Publish honest, reliable, accurate data and information to the public regarding its performance. Publications can be in various formats but must include posting the following information on a website that is linked to the Council’s List of Accredited Educational Programs. The information must include: Certification […]

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What is the timeline for programs on monitoring?

Programs’ pass rates are reviewed twice per year, with half of all accredited programs’ National Certification Examination pass rate data reviewed at the COA’s Spring Meeting, and the other half reviewed at the COA’s Fall Meeting. If a program fails to meet the COA’s pass rate requirement (i.e., 80%) using any of the three methods […]

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What is the COA’s rationale for including testers who pass the National Certification Examination on their second attempts, provided they retake the exam within 60 days of program completion (i.e., Method 3 in the policy section of calculating pass rates)?

At its October 2018 meeting, the COA reviewed data provided by the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA). The data provided by the NBCRNA included a program-by-program listing of all successful NCE takers and identified the number of attempts required for each graduate to pass. Using this information, the COA determined […]

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