Council on Accreditation Receives Highest Recognition


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June 13, 2011                                                                                                                         Contact Marlene McDowell

Council on Accreditation Receives Highest Recognition

Park Ridge, Ill. - The Council on Accreditation (COA) recently received the Council for Higher Education Accreditation’s (CHEA) recognition for up to 10 years. This is the maximum length of recognition granted by CHEA.

Following a year-long review process, CHEA found that the COA is in full compliance with all criteria. “We are extremely pleased that CHEA awarded recognition to the COA for the maximum period of time,” said Executive Director, Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs, Francis Gerbasi, CRNA, PhD. “Every day the COA works to consistently and fairly apply its standards consistent with the CHEA recognition requirements, while working with more than 100 nurse anesthesia programs across the country.”

The review process included the submission of a petition and a review by a CHEA observer. An accrediting organization must show that its accreditation process advances academic quality, demonstrates accountability, encourages self-scrutiny and planning, employs fair and appropriate procedures and demonstrates ongoing review of practice, and that it possesses sufficient resources to carry out its accreditation processes.

CHEA is a national advocate and institutional voice for self-regulation of academic quality through accreditation. CHEA is an association of approximately 3,000 degree-granting colleges and universities and recognizes institutional and programmatic accrediting organizations.

About the Council on Accreditation (COA)
The accreditation program for nurse anesthesia was initiated in 1952 by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA). The accreditation function was transferred to the Council on Accreditation (COA) in 1975. The COA is an autonomous multidisciplinary body that supports quality assessment and improvement in nurse anesthesia educational programs. The Council’s scope is accreditation of institutions and programs of nurse anesthesia at the post-master's certificate, master's or doctoral degree levels in the United States, its territories and protectorates, including programs offering distance education.

About the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists