Georgetown University

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. Schools Scholarships Student Support

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  • Accreditations ACEN CCNE COA
  • Location(s) Washington DC
  • Address 37th and O Streets, N.W., Washington, District of Columbia, 20057
  • Telephone 1-202-687-0100

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.


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 Specialty Areas

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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 (not all inclusive)

  • 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 remainder 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 (not all inclusive)

  • 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

NCLEX Pass Rates 2018

  • BSN - 100%
  • CNL - 100%


US News & World Report (2018-2019)

  • #25 in Best Value Schools
  • #32 (tie) in Most Innovative Schools
  • #22 (tie) in National Universities
  • #5 (tie) in Best Colleges for Veterans
  • #10 (tie) in Nurse Anesthesia
  • #28 (tie) in Nursing-Midwifery
  • #26 (tie) in Best Nursing Schools: Master's
  • #57 (tie) in Best Nursing Schools: Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • #289 (tie) Best Global Universities

Forbes (2019)

  • #12 Top Colleges
  • #12 in Private Colleges
  • #11 in Research Universities
  • #9 in the Northeast
  • #57 America's Best Value Colleges

NICHE (2019)

  • Best Catholic Colleges in America #2
  • Best Colleges for Nursing in America #7
  • Best Colleges in America #22
  • Best Value Colleges in America #22
  • Top Private Universities in America #22
  • Colleges with the Best Academics in America #27
  • Best College Locations in America #30
  • Most Diverse Colleges in America #75
  • Most Liberal Colleges in America #175
  • Best College Campuses in America #505
  • Best Colleges in District of Columbia #1
  • Best Value Colleges in District of Columbia #1
  • Most Diverse Colleges in District of Columbia #1
  • Top Private Universities in District of Columbia #1
  • Best Colleges for Nursing in District of Columbia #1
  • Best College Locations in District of Columbia #2
  • Most Liberal Colleges in District of Columbia #4
  • Best Value Colleges in Washington, D.C. Area #1
  • Best Colleges in Washington, D.C. Area #1

Georgetown University is ranked #46 in MONEY's Best Colleges For Your Money (2018).


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.

Georgetown University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Format, Tuition, & Credit Hours of Available Programs

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