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Anesthesia Program’s Accreditation Letter Signals Continued Excellence

The University of Iowa Anesthesia Nursing Program was recently notified by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) that its 2010 graduating class had a pass rate of 100 percent on the national certification exam.  

According to the COA notification, pass rates are calculated using results of first-time exam takers in the graduation cohort as defined in the Certification Examination policy. UI’s nurse anesthesia students complete the program in February each year. The program's graduation cohort for 2010 was July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010.

The COA's mandatory threshold pass rate for first time takers as defined in the policy is 80 percent of a composite of the previous five years’ national CCNA pass rate for first time takers. In 2010, the mandatory threshold was 72 percent. With a pass rate of 100 percent, students in UI’s anesthesia nursing program clearly exceeded the threshold.

“This pass rate exceeded the preferred pass rate of 81 percent for programs nationwide,” noted Cormac O'Sullivan PhD, CRNA, ARNP and director of the UI Anesthesia Nursing Program. “I will do everything I can to maintain this success with future classes.”  

COA officials also informed Dr. O’Sullivan that this nationally ranked anesthesia program is in compliance with the Certification Examination policy.

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About The Program
Currently ranked No. 6 in the country*, the University of Iowa Anesthesia Nursing Program is designed to provide a Registered Nurse, who possesses the minimum of a baccalaureate degree and who has completed all of the prerequisite requirements, an educational opportunity at the graduate level in an advanced practice specialization. Students who complete this program are eligible to write the national certification examination, which qualifies them as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). Visit to learn more.
*Compared to other public universities, according to U.S. News & World Report


About the Council
The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) is responsible for establishing the standards and policies for nurse anesthesia educational programs subject to consideration by its communities of interest. The standards address administrative policies and procedures, institutional support, curriculum and instruction, faculty, evaluation, and ethics.

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 in 1975. The 12 members of the Council are representative of the following groups: nurse anesthesia educators and practitioners, nurse anesthesia students, health care administrators, university representatives, and the public. For more information, go to

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Nov 9th, 2011