The COA accredits Post-Graduate CRNA Fellowships located in the United States. These accreditation activities are not part of the COA’s USDE or CHEA-recognized scopes of accreditation.
The Council on Accreditation is responsible for establishing the standards and policies for Fellowships subject to consideration by its communities of interest. The standards address conducting organization, faculty/mentors, fellows, graduates, curricula, clinical sites, policies and evaluations. The Standards for Accreditation of Post-Graduate CRNA Fellowships were adopted in 2014.
The accreditation process for Fellowships is based on self-evaluation by the Fellowship and a virtual onsite visit by the Fellowship Review Committee. A summary report of the review and the program’s response to the report are presented to the Council for an accreditation decision.
Accreditation provides quality assurances concerning educational preparation through continuous self study and review.
The ultimate goal of accreditation is to improve the quality of nurse anesthesia education and provide competent practitioners to health care consumers and employers.
The Council publishes a list of accredited fellowships on an annual basis as information for the public, other agencies and prospective students.