MTSA programs receive continued maximum accreditation of 10 years

MTSA announced it received notice from the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) that accreditation for its Masters, Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) completion degree, and the new entry-to-practice program has been granted for 10 years, the maximum time allowed by an accreditor.

The COA’s letter states: “Very few programs are granted accreditation with no progress report required. Even fewer programs have achieved the maximum accreditation of ten years. Therefore, the directors of the COA are particularly pleased to offer their congratulations to everyone at the program who has demonstrated their commitment to meeting the requirements for continued accreditation.”

As part of the accreditation process, MTSA performed a “self-study” for each program that explored how the School meets specific criteria which are mandated by the COA, according to MTSA Dean Maria Overstreet, PhD, RN. Criteria ranged from the financial, administrative and governance of the School to the actual policies and procedures for the student body.

“We came together as a team to produce a solid, in-depth presentation,” Overstreet said. “Receiving the 10-year accreditation was exciting news and a boost for the School as we begin our DNAP entry-to-practice program in January. Thanks to each faculty, staff and administrative team member for their part of this year-long process.”

MTSA President Chris Hulin, DNP, MBA, CRNA, added: “MTSA continues to be blessed as we provide anesthesia education in the region. The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs’ 10-year approval to MTSA for both MS and DNAP programs is validation of a committed MTSA team to our mission and values. We intend to continue providing excellence in anesthesia education.”

About Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia

Founded in 1950, Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia (MTSA) provides graduate-level education and training of nurse anesthetists in a Christian environment born of its Seventh-day Adventist heritage. MTSA is the only independent, fully accredited anesthesia institution of its kind in the nation, instilling excellence through innovative and diverse clinical experience. More than 75% of Middle Tennesseans having surgery entrust their lives to its graduates on a daily basis. A leader in academic, clinical and professional distinction, MTSA is responsive to the needs of its constituents, providing affordable graduate education for students from diverse backgrounds. For more information, visit or call (888) 353-MTSA.

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Jeff Krinks, Prufrock Communications
(615) 478-0267

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