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 […]
Category: Programmatic Accreditation
How did the COA determine the entrance requirements for applicants to nurse anesthesia educational programs, including the requirement for a minimum of one year of critical care experience?
In developing Standards (both master’s and doctoral) related to admissions requirements, the COA strengthened the existing standard and defined “Critical Care Experience” to ensure students enrolled in nurse anesthesia programs possess the appropriate professional preparation. Master’s Standard III, C13b: At least one year of experience as a RN in a critical care setting (see Glossary […]