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Georgetown University Master of Science degree in Nursing online

Ground your nursing practice in cura personalis, the care and development of the whole person — earn a Master of Science degree in Nursing at Georgetown University School of Nursing (GUSON).

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About the program

  • 3,700+ health care providers and clinical placement settings available: Meet your hands-on experience goals with healthcare providers or clinical placement setting partners in 49 U.S. states.
  • 100% pass rate: Join the near 100% of GUSON online MSN graduates who, depending on their specialization, achieved board certification.
  • Four specializations: Choose from four specialized nursing degree specializations: FNP, WHNP, AG-ACNP, and NW/WHNP.

About Georgetown University School of Nursing

The School of Nursing was founded in 1903. To this day, it intentionally focuses on Georgetown’s Jesuit tradition and academic excellence, and cura personalis — or the caring for the whole person. Nursing learners train to always focus on every individual’s unique needs and life circumstances, and to celebrate the talents their patients’ bring to their community. The school supports an academic environment that is equitable, diverse, inclusive, and respectful, and places great value on social justice, equity of health, and human rights. 

While every effort is made to achieve successful placement, clinical placement is not guaranteed. The Nursing@Georgetown team strives to identify clinical sites that meet Georgetown University standards within a reasonable distance of their communities.

This statistic reflects certification rate information for graduates of Georgetown University’s online MS in Nursing program in 2019. The rates were as follows: 2019 ANCC School Certification rate: 100%. 2019 AACN School Certification Rate: 100%. For reference, the national pass rates were as follows: 2020 ANCC certification rate for AG-ACNP: 91%; 2020 AACN certification rate for AG-ACNP: 86%.

Tuition and fees

Tuition and fees are subject to change and may increase each academic year. Tuition does not include student fees, technology platform licensing, or support services. Learners are also responsible for travel and accommodation costs related to any in-person immersions or residentials.

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Program specializations

Georgetown University’s online MS in Nursing program features many routes to help their learners excel. Upon completing their degree, learners are prepared to provide the best care possible to their chosen populations. Applicants must be registered nurses in the U.S. All applicants must hold, also, either a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree or a CNL/entry-level MSN from a program accredited by the CCNE or the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Depending on the tract, it may take anywhere from 23 to 27 months to complete the MSN degree with 40 to 49 credit hours. Once completed, learners will have earned a Master of Science degree in Nursing, accredited by the CCNE. The four online MS in Nursing specializations are:

  • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP): Prepare to work in primary care settings, serving as the primary care provider, and managing the care of families and individuals, preventing disease and promoting health.
  • Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP): Become a care provider offering primary, gynecologic, and reproductive care for women throughout their lifespan.
  • Nurse-midwifery/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (NW/WHNP): Bring primary care services to people throughout their lifespan; reproductive healthcare from pregnancy, labor, birth, and postpartum; gynecological and sexual healthcare; family planning; preconception care; and the care of newborns up to a month old. Midwives provide healthcare in a safe, comprehensive, and culturally-responsive manner to people of all sexual orientations and transgender and gender non-binary (TGNB) people.
  • Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-ACNP): Build on your previous acute-care experience, and learn to perform — at a higher level — direct patient management in complex and acute settings. (Learners in the track must have previous acute-care experience.)

Admissions

Learners interested in applying for Georgetown University’s MS in Nursing must submit all required documents and take part in a live recorded interview. Learners must be either a permanent resident or a U.S. citizen, hold a U.S. registered nursing (RN) license, hold a BSN or CNL degree, and have earned at least a C in a three-credit college level statistics course.

To complete an application, you will need to submit:

  • Official transcripts 

  • Personal statement

  • Letters of recommendation

  • Résumé

Intensives

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The clinical placement team at Georgetown University’s School of Nursing assists learners with securing clinical sites and nurse preceptors close to their homes. The program partnered with more than 8,600 nurse preceptors, 9,800 affiliated sites, and 3,700 locations throughout 49 U.S. states. 

Learners also participate in Objective Clinical Intensives (OCIs) — academic visits where learners practice clinical skills and complete in-person assessments with faculty from Georgetown University. OCIs are two to five days long, and provide rigorous practice in a short period of time, helping learners build confidence as well as develop new skills. 

Frequently asked questions

A family nurse practitioner (FNP) is an advanced-practice registered nurse who specializes in providing comprehensive primary care for patients of all ages, including infants, adolescents, adults, and seniors. FNPs provide preventative care and promote general wellness, and treat individuals and families with acute and chronic illnesses, conditions, and injuries throughout significant portions of their lifespan. FNPs practice in a variety of healthcare settings, including community health centers, private practice, healthcare systems, and universities.

FNP-BC is the credential used when a family nurse practitioner (FNP) is board certified (BC) by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The FNP-C or NP-C credential, on the other hand, is used when a family nurse practitioner is board certified (C) by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB). Both certifications are recognized nationally.

Nursing@Georgetown’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and its Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program prepare nurses to pursue board certification in one of four specializations of their choice, including FNP.

An Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-ACNP) is an advanced practice nurse who works in acute- and complex-care settings, including hospital emergency departments and urgent care centers. AG-ACNPs provide care to adult and gerontology patients in critical condition, those with chronic illnesses, and/or those with acute medical needs.

Certified nurse-midwives (CNM) are board-certified clinical professionals who are qualified to provide care in the ambulatory and birth setting, including prescribing medications. They hold an MS in Nursing, or a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. Doulas are trained professionals who provide continuous physical, emotional, and information support to patients before, during and shortly after childbirth.

While both women’s health nurse practitioners (WHNP) and certified nurse-midwives (CNM) provide gynecologic and reproductive healthcare, they have distinct responsibilities. A CNM provides care during the labor and birth period, as well as care of the newborn in the first month of life; a WHNP does not, they act more as generalists for people’s health conditions.

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