Bachelor’s of Nursing Programs in the District of Columbia

It is well-known that Washington, D.C. is the seat of America’s leadership in terms of politics. A much less known fact, however, is that it is also the venue of many leading medical facilities that are world-renowned. Examples include the National Institutes of Health, Children’s National Medical Center, and Washington Hospital Center. Not to mention three highly ranked and well regarded medical schools. These attributes make Washington, D.C. our nation’s capital in more ways than one. As such, aspiring healthcare professionals should take a close look at the following list of bachelor of nursing degree programs in the District of Columbia.

Catholic University of America (“CUA”)

School of Nursing (“SON”)

SON’s mission is preparing nurses with professional education who are knowledgeable of moral, professional, and leadership skills essential to providing quality clinical healthcare services. It strives to advance this agenda with nursing education, services, and research designed to impart advanced nursing knowledge and skills via scholarly activities and scientific inquiry. Accordingly, SON maintains an educational environment that fosters scholarly and research activities by students and faculty.

Program: Bachelors in Nursing (“BSN”)

The program is available in two formats:

• Traditional Option

This 120-credit curriculum is designed for beginning students who have no previously earned a degree or completed college-level coursework. After completing general prerequisites in the first two years, students must complete a total of 73 credits in nursing coursework and clinical instruction. Both full-time and part-time studies are allowed.

• Second Degree Option

This path to BSN pursuit is available to students with non-BSN degrees or who have otherwise satisfied all prerequisites. The Second Degree curriculum is designed for completion in five academic semesters.

CUA’s Department of Modern Languages also offers an optional Spanish for Healthcare Certificate BSN students. In addition, SON is currently devising an innovative scheme called Bridge to Practice Model for the medical/surgical clinical instruction component of its BSN curriculum.


Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (“CCNE”) accredited

The Catholic University of America
School of Nursing – Gowan Hall
620 Michigan Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20064
Phone: (202) 319-6462
Website URL –

Georgetown University (“GU”)

School of Nursing and Health Services, Department of Nursing (“DON”)

DON has primary missions of: 1) providing high-quality learner-centric professional education founded in Jesuit traditions; and, 2) healthcare promotion. To advance both agendas, all DON programs place a heavy emphasis on preparing morally reflective healthcare leaders and scholars. These goals are derived from DON’s core values of:

Human dignity
Growth affirmation as a societal role
Health as a dynamic phenomenon
Caring, complex nature of nursing practice
Education as a highly individualized, lifelong process

The above precepts also comprise the foundation of all DON’s nursing programs to ensure full encompassment of Humanities, Biology, Sociology, and Behavioral Science.

Program: Bachelors in Nursing

This program has the following learning objectives:

• Demonstrated competence in critical thinking as applied to clinical decision making

• Formulation of professional and personal ethical frameworks that guide actions and decisions in nursing practice

• Evaluation, application, and communication of research findings to enhance professional practice

• Evaluation and analysis of nursing leadership and management theories in professional practice

• Evaluation of policies and procedures to improve healthcare

• Cultivate and demonstrate commitment to self-development via continuing education and involvement in nursing organizations

• Cultivate and demonstrate commitment to humanitarianism as an essential element of nursing practice in a multicultural society

• Communicate and collaborate with other healthcare team members

In furtherance of these aims, DON integrates special features into its BSN education. These include clinical instruction in the first year, senior electives that enable students to choose specific clinical or theoretical areas of special interest, smaller classes, and extensive Pre-Med and Study Abroad programs. In keeping with GU’s long-standing reputation for educational quality and innovation, DON maintains some of the best clinical and research facilities in the world. Chief among these are its state-of-the-art Discovery Center Laboratory and a patient simulator “GUS” at its O’Neill Family Foundation Clinical Simulation Center.




Sarah Kinney
Program Coordinator, Undergrad Nursing
Department of Nursing
School of Nursing & Health Studies
Georgetown University
408D St Mary’s Hall
3700 Reservoir Road NW
Washington, DC 20057
Phone: (202) 687-7258
Website URL –

Howard University (“HU”)

College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences, Division of Nursing (“DON”)

HU DON is on a mission of providing quality nursing education in an urban setting to prepare students for generalist or advanced practice within a diversity of healthcare environments on local, national, and global levels. In so doing, it places a strong emphasis on providing higher learning access to historically underrepresented groups.
DON seeks to instill the following core values in all its students:

• Excellence
• Truth
• Leadership
• Accountability
• Service
• Integrity
• Teamwork
• Philosophy

Toward ensuring student assimilation of these virtues, DON employs a goal-oriented, interactive instructional approach of multi-sensory engagement to affect positive changes in psychomotor, affective, and cognitive behaviors.

Program: Bachelors in Nursing

This 120-credit BSN program curriculum includes coursework in social and natural sciences, general education and nursing subjects. The latter faction encompasses clinical experiential in addition to traditional classroom instruction. DON maintains an extensive network with various hospitals, medical clinics, healthcare centers, and community health agencies throughout Metro D.C. to ensure an abundance of diverse practical skills development opportunities for nursing students.

Consistent with its mission to optimize educational access, DON offers its BSN in four different formats:

• Basic Track – Lower Division

For high school graduates who have not satisfied any nursing prerequisites

• Basic Track – Upper Division

For high school graduates who have satisfied all nursing prerequisites

• LPN to BSN

For licensed LPNs who have previously satisfied nursing prerequisites

• RN to BSN

For licensed RNs with associate’s degrees in nursing




Mary H. Hill, DSN, RN
Associate Dean and Professor
Howard University Division of Nursing
516 Bryant Street NW, Annex 1
Washington, DC 20059
Phone: (202) 806-7456
E-mail: marhill@howard.ed
Website URL –

Trinity Washington University (“TWU”)

School of Nursing and Health Professions (“NHP”)

NHP has a self-stated mission of preparing nursing professionals for practice from a perspective of caring and holism to provide healthcare with safety and competence. In accord with this aim, NHP maintains a strong commitment to sustain a learning environment of nurturance, respect, and celebration of multiculturalism and social equity. NHP also has an imperative of facilitating nursing education access by ethnic and racial minorities, disadvantaged, and non-traditional students. Without all efforts to do so, NHP strives to remedy historical underrepresentation of these groups in the nursing profession and healthcare access by underserved populations.

Program: Bachelors in Nursing

NHP offers this 120-credit BSN curriculum in three formats:

Pre-Licensure Day

This path is designed for beginning student nurses. During the first two academic years, all coursework consists of generalized liberal arts studies in TWU’s College of Arts and Sciences.

Pre-Licensure Evening and Weekend

Students who choose this path must complete general prerequisites in TWU’s School of Professional Studies.


This option is reserved for licensed RNs with associate’s degrees in nursing.

Irrespective of specific format, all nursing courses place strong emphases on caring, diversity, IT systems, evidence-based practice, competent and safe healthcare, and critical thinking.




Trinity Washington University
School of Nursing and Health Professions
Dr. Mary Romanello, Dean
125 Michigan Ave. NE
Washington, DC 20017
Phone: (202) 884-9677
Website URL –