Message from the DNAP Program Director

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about the Georgetown University Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) Program.  As a double alumna of Georgetown University (MS Nurse Anesthesia ’04, Ph.D. Pharmacology ’17), I welcome the opportunity to share my excitement to be the program director of Georgetown’s nurse anesthesia program which is nationally recognized for educating highly sought-after alumni and leaders in our field.

The Georgetown DNAP Program is committed to enrolling a diverse group of students and providing a first-class nurse anesthesia education in a welcoming, empathetic, and inclusive environment.  Our rigorous didactic and clinical curriculum prepares graduates to practice at the full scope of nurse anesthesia practice.  As a DNAP Program faculty member and practicing CRNA at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital for nearly two decades, I have seen the advantage Georgetown graduates have as they enter the workplace. This advantage is a result of the strong basic science foundation, individualized mentoring, state-of-the-art facilities, experiential learning in the simulation and human cadaver labs, and clinical opportunities Georgetown students have at some of the best medical systems in the country.

Regardless of which program a future CRNA attends, most consider their anesthesia education to be one of the greatest challenges of their professional life.  One of the joys of the Program Director role is to watch this incredible community of students and faculty work together each day to meet this challenge and build lifelong friendships and camaraderie along the way.

Again, thank you for your interest in our program. We look forward to hearing from you as you explore taking this transformative step in your career!


Carrie Bowman-Dalley, PhD, CRNA

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Program Background & Features

The Georgetown University Nurse Anesthesia program is a rigorous 3-year full-time program that leads to a Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) degree. The program of study offers front-loaded didactic coursework in the first 12 months, with clinical focus and full immersion into the nurse anesthesia role in the second and third years. Clinical placements are designated by the faculty at clinical sites throughout the greater Washington metropolitan area.

In 2016, the program was accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) under the directorship of Ladan Eshkevari, PhD, CRNA, LAc, FAAN, and the program admitted its first doctoral cohort in June of 2017.

Dr. Bowman and her team of highly credentialed CRNA faculty have consistently facilitated the academic and clinical success of countless numbers of nurse anesthesia students at the master’s level, and now at the DNAP. 

Program Highlights

  • Ranked as a top nurse anesthesia program by U.S. News & World Report (in the publication’s master’s rankings)
  • Features an award-winning and relatively unique approach to teaching anatomy and anesthesia using Georgetown’s human cadaver lab
  • Offers clinical placements by faculty in unique settings across the metropolitan DC/MD/VA region
  • Founded the Student Journal of Nurse Anesthesia in December 2003 has evolved into an international journal with articles from students around the world
  • Prepares graduates to successfully take the National Certification Examination (NCE) for nurse anesthetists.

Student Resources

Performance Data

  • The DNAP program graduated its fifth class in May 2024. We are proud of and congratulate the DNAP Program Class of 2024 for their 97% 1st attempt pass rate and 100% within six weeks of graduation on the National Certification Exam for Nurse Anesthetists. Over the past four years, the Georgetown DNAP program has had a 96% pass rate. These results are higher than the national average.
  • The attrition rate for the Class of 2024 was 2.8%, and the current overall attrition rate (class of 2023- class of 2025) is 4%.
  • The new graduates employment record for the Class of 2024 is 100% within six weeks of graduation.

Historical Note about GU Nurse Anesthesia

The Nurse Anesthesia Program at Georgetown University operated at the master’s level from 1994 until December 2018. The master’s-level program transitioned to the Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice Program, which enrolled its first class in June 2017. The last cohort of master’s level students completed the program in December 2018.

Accreditation Information

The Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice Program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) . The DNAP program is accredited until 2034.

The council’s contact information is as follows: COA 10275 W. Higgins Rd., Suite 906, Rosemont, IL 60018-5603 Ph: (224) 275-9130