* The COA approved the requirement for the degree granting institutions of nurse anesthesia programs to have regional accreditation. The COA determined this requirement will be reflected in its Eligibility for Accreditation policy rather than within the Standards.
* The COA approved a revision to Standard III, Criterion C13b to ensure applicants who matriculate into nurse anesthesia programs are prepared for the rigor of the program by requiring a minimum of one year of experience as an RN in a critical care setting vs. an acute care setting (refer revised 2004 Standards, pg. 6). A definition for "critical care experience" is provided in the Glossary (refer revised 2004 Standards, pg. 28).
The standards are found here
There are more changes but these are the two that pre-CRNAs would probably be most interested in.
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I've read both documents and do not see where COA requires NA programs to have regional accreditation. Can you please post a link to the new guideline?
That was from the summary for program directors. I am not sure if that is in those documents, it falls under the eligibility for accreditation.
This just came out, so it maybe another month before all the changes make it on to the website.
I just sent the COA an email to confirm the requirement on the regional accreditation. I will post the response I get back from them.
Last edit by wtbcrna on Feb 20, '13