Openings for New COA Directors

The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) is seeking nominations for a CRNA Educator Director, CRNA Practitioner Director, and Public Director.  Candidates must be available to attend three-day COA meetings, held in January, May, and October, in addition to an orientation meeting on October 10, 2023.  The January meetings will be held in a virtual format. The May and October meetings will be held in Rosemont, IL. The term of office is three years, beginning Fall 2023 through Fall 2026. Elections will be held at the COA’s Spring 2023 meeting. The individual appointed would be eligible for reelection for an additional three-year term. COA directors are reimbursed for meeting expenses.

CRNA Educator Director

Candidates must meet the following requirements:
  • Holds one or more graduate degrees from an institution or institutions of higher education accredited by a regional accrediting agency.
  • Holds certification or recertification as a nurse anesthetist.
  • Has current experience as an educator and/or administrator in a nurse anesthesia education program.
  • Successfully completed the Council’s accreditation process through self-evaluation and onsite review.
  • Is actively involved in the profession, as evidenced by activities such as:
    • Attendance at the Assembly of Didactic and Clinical Educators.
    • Attendance at professional nurse anesthesia meetings.
    • Completion of professional anesthesia continuing education offerings.
    • Election or appointment to a position in professional nurse anesthesia organizations.
  • One CRNA educator position must be a CRNA program administrator.

CRNA Practitioner Director

Candidates must meet the following requirements:
  • Holds one or more graduate degrees from an institution or institutions of higher education accredited by a regional accrediting agency.
  • Holds certification or recertification as a nurse anesthetist.
  • Has current experience as CRNA practitioner.
  • Is actively involved in the profession, as evidenced by activities such as:
    • Attendance at professional nurse anesthesia meetings.
    • Completion of professional anesthesia continuing education offerings.
    • Election or appointment to a position in professional nurse anesthesia organizations.
  • One CRNA practitioner member must have no significant association with a school of nurse anesthesia.

Public Director

Candidates must meet the following requirements:
  • Preferably holds one or more graduate degrees from an institution or institutions of higher education accredited by a regional accrediting agency.
  • Is able to represent the consumer’s perspective and to act as an advocate for the public’s interest within the context of Council activities.
  • Demonstrates active involvement in his/her chosen profession and/or community service.
  • Is not a current or former member of any healthcare profession providing direct patient care.
  • Demonstrates no direct professional relationship with any of the schools or programs that the Council on Accreditation reviews.
To apply for the CRNA Educator Director, CRNA Practitioner Director or Public Director position, e-mail the following by March 17, 2023, with the position title as the subject line to accreditation@coacrna.org
  • Signed Letter of Intent to Serve (include comments on your association with an accredited nurse anesthesia program, if any, as well as a statement of your commitment to the COA’s Values) 
  • Signed Letter of Recommendation
  • Current Curriculum Vitae (Resume)
  • Biographical Form – click here to open the biographical form
All applications must include all of the documents listed above, only complete applications will be considered.