Alescia DeVasher Bethea, PhD, CRNA, ARNP

Faculty & Staff

Alescia DeVasher Bethea, PhD, CRNA, ARNP

Program Administrator, Associate Professor
Department Chair
headshot Office phone: (407)303-9331 Email: Alescia.Devasher@adu.edu Office: Graduate Building, Room 264 Office hours: Daily by Appointment

About

Dr. DeVasher Bethea earned an Associate degree in Nursing in 1990 and a Baccalaureate in Nursing in 1992 from Southern College of Seventh‐day Adventists (now Southern Adventist University). She worked part‐time as an RN while she earned her BSN and then worked full‐time in Coronary Care for just over a year, until she began nurse anesthesia training. Dr. DeVasher Bethea graduated with a Master of Science with a focus in Nurse Anesthesia from Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia (MTSA) in 1995. Her first job as a CRNA was with a small anesthesia group providing services for a community hospital and a small rural hospital, where she had a high degree of autonomy and was a clinical preceptor for nurse anesthesia students. Subsequently, she worked at the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee for over nine years, providing anesthesia to patients with multi‐organ system diseases for a variety of procedures in an anesthesia care team model. Dr. DeVasher Bethea was interested in teaching early in her career, so began teaching nurse anesthesia courses part‐time at MTSA in 1996, further expanding her involvement in nurse anesthesia education over the years to include initiating and growing the simulation program and membership in and leadership of various committees. In 2005, she became a full‐time administrator and faculty member at MTSA and served not only as the Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness, but also as the institution’s Accreditation Liaison and Assistant Program Administrator at various points. Dr. DeVasher Bethea chose to pursue doctoral studies in higher education and completed her PhD in Education from Capella University in 2011. Until 2012, Dr. DeVasher Bethea had lived her entire life in Tennessee, when she and her husband, Ted, then relocated to the Orlando area so she could join the Nurse Anesthesia Program at ADU.