Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice Program Receives COA Accreditation

NOVEMBER 22, 2016 – The Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice Program (DNAP) at Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies has been accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA).

“I am particularly grateful to DNAP Program Director Ladan Eshkevari, PhD, CRNA, whose hard work, dedication, and vision have resulted in a smooth process and high quality program,” Patricia Cloonan, PhD, RN, the school’s dean, said in announcing the news.

Eshkevari says she is “delighted” with the COA accreditation and thanked the organization “for its careful examination of our curriculum.”

“We are proud to have included expert faculty in the newly developed courses that will meet not only the mandated standards, but will go beyond them in ensuring that – in true Georgetown spirit – the students obtain the highest quality education required in the practice of nurse anesthesia,” she says.

Innovation Track Record

The Nurse Anesthesia Program – founded by Donna Jasinski, PhD, CRNA, in 1994 – has included a highly successful master’s-level degree program, Cloonan noted.

“It has been recognized for innovations in teaching and promoting student scholarship by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists,” she said. “Currently, the program is ranked 10th by U.S. News & World Report.”

The newly accredited doctoral program responds to a trend in the nurse anesthesia field that “. . . will require doctoral education for future nurse anesthetists,” Cloonan added. Georgetown’s Board of Directors approved the DNAP in June 2016. The doctoral program, now accredited, will enroll its first class in June 2017. The last class of master’s students will complete the program in 2018.

Meeting the Challenge

“The future of the profession demands that the anesthesia provider be well versed in all aspects of the health system, while continuing to deliver quality anesthesia and pain management,” Eshkevari says.  “Georgetown program graduates will, as always, continue to be well positioned to meet the challenges of today’s health care in the context of anesthetic management.”

Cloonan offered her praise for the program team.

“I commend Ladan for ensuring a high quality response to national trends,” Cloonan said. “Additionally, considerable thanks go to Donna for her own steadfast commitment and vision more than two decades ago. They, along with a committed group of faculty, have created the environment for Georgetown to remain at the forefront of nurse anesthesia education and practice.”

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