New Georgetown Doctoral Program to Support Nurse Anesthesia Field

JUNE 10, 2016 – For more than 20 years, Georgetown has been supporting the nurse anesthesia profession through a highly regarded, nationally recognized master’s program.

Building upon that longtime success, the School of Nursing & Health Studies this week announced the launch of a doctoral level program called the Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) Program.

“As nurse anesthetists continue to play a critical role in today’s complex and ever- changing health system, it is important that they are educated not just as excellent practitioners, but also as well-rounded, knowledgeable patient advocates who can navigate the system,” says Ladan Eshkevari, PhD, CRNA, LAc, an associate professor and director of the new program. “The new curriculum in the DNAP is designed to do just that – to educate future nurse anesthetists to provide excellent, high quality, efficient, and cost effective anesthesia care.”

National Trend

The implementation of the new doctoral program – which is the second housed within the School of Nursing & Health Studies – responds to a national trend in the nurse anesthesia field.

According to the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, “. . . the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) mandated that all students entering a nurse anesthesia educational program on or after January 1, 2022, must graduate with a doctoral degree.”

Georgetown’s three-year, full-time program – which includes significant science courses, clinical education opportunities, research training, and a research project – will begin in June 2017. Applicants for the 64-credit degree must have a bachelor’s degree and current RN license.

‘Rigorous’ Curriculum

“The curriculum remains committed to rigorous scientific evidence in educating our graduates and will further their understanding of the health system and management of data to inform quality outcomes in patient care,” says Eshkevari. “Their engagement throughout the program in leadership, ethics, and policy courses will round out an excellent education that will serve them and their patients extremely well.”

Eshkevari, who developed the new program along with her colleague Donna Jasinski, PhD, CRNA, founding director of the Nurse Anesthesia Program and assistant director of the doctoral program, notes that the goal of the program remains the same: excellent care for patients.

“We believe that by educating CRNAs who can navigate the health care system, use large data sets available in anesthesia outcome quality measures, and display ethical leadership, we will impact the health of all people by providing quality care in a cost-effective manner.”

Words of Thanks

Patricia Cloonan, PhD, RN, dean of the School of Nursing & Health Studies, thanked Eshkevari and Jasinski for their work on the program.

“Donna and Ladan deserve considerable praise for their dedication to this new doctoral program,” says Cloonan. “Launching new academic programs that respond to the direction of the profession and the needs of patients and complex health systems is critical. I am confident this program will enhance and sustain our strong reputation in the nurse anesthesia field.”

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