Georgetown University - School of Nursing and Health Studies | 95% NCLEX Pass Rates

Grounded in the Jesuit tradition, the faculty of Georgetown University stay true to the university's mission, “Advancing the health and well-being of individuals and communities", as they provide a professional nursing education for their students.

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Georgetown is one of the oldest Catholic and Jesuit universities in the nation. Established in 1789, Georgetown draws upon the 450 year-old legacy of Jesuit Education. Jesuit education is focused on developing the whole person through exposure to different faiths, cultures and beliefs.

In 1903, the Georgetown University nursing program was formed and includes an array of programs from the undergraduate to graduate levels.

There are two academic programs:

  1. Department of Advanced Nursing Practice
  2. Department of Professional Nursing Practice

Departments and Degrees

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is a four-year program that focuses on the liberal arts, biological, physical, and social sciences, as well as theory and practice of professional nursing.

Clinical Locations

During the first two years of the program, students are placed at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. During the junior and senior years, students are placed at the hospitals in the tri-state area.  Transportation is not a problem because the public transportation system creates ease to transport to offsite facilities.

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

APRN and CNL specializations

1.  Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-ACNP)

The AG-ACNP Program prepares registered nurses to directly manage patients in acute and complex healthcare settings. To be eligible, students must hold an Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) certification prior to entering the program.

2.  Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL)

The CNL Program is designed for students who have completed a bachelor’s degree or higher in a field other than nursing. CNLs help advocate the quality of care in all healthcare settings.

3.  Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

The FNP Program prepares registered nurses to manage the health needs of individuals and families of all age groups in primary care settings.

4.  Nurse-Midwifery/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (NM/WHNP)

The NM/WHNP Program prepares registered nurses to manage a woman’s health care throughout the lifespan including normal ob-gyn needs during childbearing years, birth and postpartum.  The student experience is diverse throughout the program.

5.  Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP)

The WHNP Program prepares registered nurses to provide care for women throughout the lifespan. Students develop the skills and clinical experience needed to treat and prevent illnesses specifically to women and provide primary care. Graduates from the WHNP program do not partake in the birth process.


After completing the program, students are eligible to take the national certification exam in their chosen specialty area.


  • Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

With a strong focus on health policy, Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies’ Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program aims to prepare students to focus on addressing the needs of the population through leadership.

DNP Program Features

To be a part of the program, nursing students must hold a master’s degree in their advanced nursing specialty and have clinical experience

Length of program: 38 credit hours, the DNP program is offered as a part-time program of study (7 semesters in length), ideally the student will be working while taking courses.

Additional Information

  • Non-nurses who hold a Master’s degree in another discipline may still apply, but will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  • GRE is not required, but add it to your application if you scored well.
  • It is recommended, but not required to have one year of nursing experience
  • It is a hybrid style learning program, including visits to the campus and coursework online.
  • Every year 50-60 students apply, with 10-15 enrolled for the fall semester. 

Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP)

The highly regarded Nurse Anesthesia program leads to the Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) degree.

Unlike the other DNP program, this one is full time, including 64-credits throughout the three years.

The first-year students will take 37 credits of didactic coursework.

The rest of the program’s 24 credits will be taken over the next two years, which include clinical experience, research, and coursework.

The Nurse Anesthesia Program:

  • U.S. News & World Report ranked Georgetown as a top 10 nurse anesthesia program.
  • Georgetown uses a cadaver lab to teach, which is a unique way compared to other programs.
  • Clinical placements are offered and arranged by faculty in unique settings across the metropolitan DC/MD/VA region.
  • Georgetown students founded the Student Journal of Nurse Anesthesia in December 2003, which has turned into an international journal.
  • The program prepares graduates to sit for the National Certification Examination (NCE) for nurse anesthetists.

Admission Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree
  • Minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Completion of chemistry course within the past 5 years (B or better; 3 credits or more); must be enrolled or complete at the time of application
  • Satisfactory completion (B or better) of a 3-credit course in statistical methods
  • U.S. Registered Nurse (RN) license with 2 years of full-time ICU experience as an RN is required. The adult Surgical ICU (SICU) is preferred, but other ICUs may be acceptable.
  • GRE scores required for cumulative GPA of less than 3.5

Pass Rates

  • Georgetown has a current 100% pass rate for the National Certification Exam (NCE)
  • The master’s program 2015 pass rate was 97% for first time test takers/repeat test takers is 100%
  • The 2015 employment rate for new grads is 100% within 3 months of graduation
  • The 2015 attrition rate was 8%


The Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs at Georgetown University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Nurse-Midwifery/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner master’s degree program accreditation comes from the following agencies:

  • The Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME)
  • The American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB)
  • The National Certification Council (NCC)
  • The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

The Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice Program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA). The master's program, which is no longer accepting applications, is accredited until 2024.

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    Status: Alumni
    Program: MSN
    Classes: Online
    Graduation: 2013
    Focus: Certified Midwife

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    I enjoyed GU. The quality of instruction was high and I felt pushed to do better at every turn. On campus intensives were vigorous. I have walked into interviews and the hiring process is easier once they see GU on my resume.
    After meeting other NPs and in clinical situations I feel adequately prepared.

    About The Staff

    They worked hard for us, and that included faculty and administration. If I had to do it again, I would.

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