George Washington University Nursing School Review
George Washington University (GW, GWU), located in Washington, DC, was established in 1821 as an answer to George Washington’s desire to have an institution in the United States capital to educate future leaders. George Washington University is home to 20,000 students every year and offers courses in science, writing, international affairs, engineering and medicine, as well as countless others.
The School of Nursing at George Washington University offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, several specializations in the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Program, a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Certificate Programs in Nursing.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
George Washington University offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, which also has a Second Degree option, for individuals who already hold a baccalaureate degree, and wish to purse nursing as their second degree. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree is 15 months in duration and is offered on a full-time basis. Twelve of the credits earned in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree can be applied to the George Washington University Master of Science in Nursing program if taken within five years of graduating from the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. George Washington University has the Virginia Science and Technology Campus, which has a Virtual Hospital with a simulation center. The courses are taught both in-person and online as well as clinical practicum in a variety of locations in the area.
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
The Master of Science in Nursing at George Washington University is for individuals who hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and wish to advance their skills in the field of nursing. The specializations available at the Masters level include; Adult Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Research Administration, Family Nurse Practitioner, Health Care Quality, and Nursing Leadership and Management. It is required that individuals who apply to the Master of Science in Nursing Program at George Washington University, hold an undergraduate degree in nursing, as the Master of Science in Nursing program builds upon the knowledge garnered in baccalaureate studies.
Doctor of Nursing Practice Program (DNP)
The Doctor of Nursing Practice Program at George Washington University is research-based and is intended for individuals who hold a bachelor and master in nursing degree and wish to advance their nursing career into leadership and management positions. Individuals enrolled in the program must complete a clinical research project and can be entered after bachelor education or master education. Currently, George Washington University is interested in adding additional majors to the Doctor of Nursing Practice program.
Once these programs are approved, George Washington University will offer a Postgraduate Family Nurse Practitioner/DNP for nurse practitioners or midwives who are currently certified in specialties other than family practice, a Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner/DNP and a DNP with a major in Health Care Quality. Enrollment for these new graduate programs commenced in the Fall of 2012. George Washington University is also looking into the possibility of a DNP with a major in nursing education and is working with the Graduate School of Education and Human Development, in the hopes that this will be a joint program. Information is pending, but will be broadcast on their website when the program is confirmed.
Nursing Certificate Programs
George Washington University offers nursing certificate programs in Adult Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Health Care Quality and Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner. Individuals who already hold a Master’s degree in nursing often wish to specialize further or change the direction of their nursing career, so they can continue to do so by taking a certificate program in the various nursing options available at George Washington University.
George Washington University
800 21st Street Northwest,
Washington, DC 20052
Phone: (202) 994-1000