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Nurse Anesthesia Accredited

By Doug Boyd

The nurse anesthesia program at the ECU School of Nursing has received a 10-year accreditation.

The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Education Programs granted continued accreditation with no progress report required for 10 years, the maximum allowed. The decision recognizes the program for providing a graduate-level curriculum leading to the master’s of science in nursing degree.

“We are fortunate to have outstanding students and excellent clinical and didactic faculty,” said Maura S. McAuliffe, professor and director of ECU’s nurse anesthesia program. “It is the collective efforts of all who make this such a strong program. Ultimately it is the residents of eastern North Carolina who benefit when they receive expert anesthesia care in the hands of our graduates.”

“This program is to be commended for a flawless accreditation review in which it received numerous positive remarks,” said Sylvia Brown, acting dean of the School of Nursing.

“It is an excellent program that could really serve as a model for other nurse anesthesia educational programs. I was present for the site visit, and they were very impressed with what we have created here.”

The program admits 12 students each January, and the first class graduated in May 2005. The program is supported through a partnership with University Health Systems of Eastern Carolina and Pitt Anesthesia Associates.

This page originally appeared in the Dec. 8, 2006 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at