Update: June 22, 2020
FAQ's and Statement Regarding Meeting Clinical Requirements
COA Directors and Staff Directory

Find a listing of the current directors and staff of the COA.

Supporting Self-Directed Program Improvement

Quality assessment and quality improvement are the two fundamental reasons for accreditation. The COA’s standards, policies and procedures serve as stimuli for programs to engage in self-directed improvement.

Meet Our New Directors

Dennis McKenna, Judy Didion, Jerrol Wallace, and Chelsea Dresner join COA.

Advancing the Profession Through Quality Educational Standards

The COA is responsible for establishing the educational standards for nurse anesthesia programs. The standards represent the minimum requirements all programs must meet.

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Opening for New COA Director

The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) is seeking nominations for a CRNA Educator Director. Candidates must be available to attend 3-day COA meetings, typically held in January, May and October. […]

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New COA Summer Hours

The COA has implemented summer hours through August 31st.  COA staff for this time period will be available Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. CDT.  We will be off and not available on Fridays.  This change is consistent with AANA’s approved Summer Hours Policy. COA staff will respond to your message during […]

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FAQ’s and Statement Regarding Meeting Clinical Requirements

The COA is continuing to monitor measures being taken by nurse anesthesia programs to control the spread of COVID-19 and the impacts of these measures. To assist programs in remaining compliant with the COA’s Standards, Policies and Procedures during this emergency the COA has developed FAQs. […]

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COA Publishes White Paper on Scholarly Work

At its October 2019 meeting, the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) approved the publication of the white paper, “Scholarly Work for Practice Doctorate Nurse Anesthesia Programs: Current State and Guidance.”  The purpose of the white paper is to guide programs’ development of criteria for scholarly work as defined in the Standards […]

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COA Revisions to Clarify Requirements for Clinical Supervision of Nurse Anesthesia Students

At its October 9-11, 2019 meeting, the COA reviewed and revised its accreditation Standards and Glossary definitions related to clinical supervision of nurse anesthesia students. The revisions clarify the well-established requirement that states: “Supervision at clinical sites is limited to CRNAs and anesthesiologists who are institutionally credentialed to practice and immediately available for consultation.” The […]

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