Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
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Openings for New COA Directors 

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

The election for this position will be held in August 2019. The elected candidate will serve Fall 2019 through Fall 2022, and then be eligible to be considered for reelection for an additional three-year term. Click on gavel for more information.

New Program Administrators' Workshop Held at AANA 

The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia  Educational Programs, the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetist, and  the AANA Education and Professional Development Division hosted the workshop March 7 - 9, 2019 at teh AANA Headquarters in Park Ridge.  Twenty-one program directors and assistant program directors attended the workshop, during which they developed knowledge and skills needed to maintain leadership roles in their programs​.

Pictured are attendees at the New Program Administrators’ Workshop.  
Front row (kneeling left to right):  Steven Kertes, DNP, CRNA; James Alberding, DNP, CRNA; Lynn Reede, DNP, MBA, CRNA  
Second row (left to right):  Francis Gerbasi, PhD, CRNA; Dion Gabaldon, DHA, CRNA; Rachel Smith-Steinert, DNP, CRNA; Susan Elczyna, PhD, CRNA; Vanessa Jones-Oyefeso, DrPH, CRNA; Judy Audas, DNAP, CRNA; Karen Hurd, DNP, CRNA, APRN; Stephanie Woodruff, DNP, MSN, CRNA; Jacqueline Mainwaring, DNP, MS, CRNA; Patricia Kostelnak, DNAP, APRN-CRNA 
Third row (left to right):  James Furstein, PhD, DNAP, CRNA, CPNC-AC; Mitchell Simmons, DNAP, CRNA; Don Boyd, PhD, MS, CRNA; Jeffrey Darna, DNP, CRNA, ACNP-BC; Raymond Bonds, DNP, CRNA; Suzanne Wright, PhD, CRNA; Jose Bonilla Garcia, MSN, CRNA; Amy Reed, PhD(c), CRNA; Mary Jane Collins, DHA, CRNA; John Underwood, DNAP, APRN-CRNA

Nurse Anesthesia Programs Awarding Master's and Doctoral Degrees for Entry into Practice

Nurse anesthesia programs continue to transition to awarding doctoral degrees. As of July 15, 2019, there are 92 nurse anesthesia programs approved by the COA to offer entry-level doctoral degrees and 25 programs approved to offer post-master’s doctoral degree completion programs. Currently 29 programs remain to be approved to award doctoral degrees to meet the requirement that all students matriculated into entry level nurse anesthesia programs on January 1, 2022, and thereafter be enrolled in a doctoral program. 

List of Accredited Educational Programs Nurse Anesthesia

The COA is a member of the Health Professions Accreditors Collaborative (HPAC). The HPAC has collaborated with the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education in the development and distribution of Guidance on Developing Quality Interprofessional Education for the Health Professions. The document provides guidance to academic institutions and programs on meeting accreditors’ interprofessional education standards. 

Please refer to the Health Professions Accreditors Collaborative website for the guidelines document and Frequently Asked Questions.

"Promoting Excellence in Nurse Anesthesia Education for Over 40 Years"

​​The Development of a Common Clinical Assessment Tool for Clinical Evaluation in Nurse Anesthesia Education in the United States

(Revised February 11, 2019)


New FAQ's on Revised Certification Exam Policy


Accreditation Decisions
Nurse Anesthesia Programs

Accreditation Standards, Policies and Procedures, and Guidelines​


Federal Recognition of the COA Has Been Renewed