Distance-Based, Online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Programs from Georgetown University

Georgetown University School of Nursing’s CCNE-accredited, distance-based, online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs integrate advanced nursing science with organizational leadership and ethics to prepare students to improve accessibility and quality of care delivery in an increasingly complex health care system.

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Distance-Based, Online DNP Program Overview

Georgetown University School of Nursing is a nationally recognized nursing school committed to advancing health equity and improving population health around the world. In keeping with this mission, our distance-based, online DNP programs focus on ethical leadership and prepare students to improve accessibility and quality of care for underserved populations.

Our DNP programs offer two entry points:

Distance-Based, Online BSN to DNP Program Overview

The BSN to DNP program is designed for registered nurses (RNs) with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). The BSN to DNP program is offered full time and part time. The full-time program can be completed in as few as 33 months and consists of eight 15-week terms. The part-time program consists of eleven 15-week terms. Both schedules include in-person experiences.

The number of program credits depends on the specialization. Students will complete both master’s- and doctoral-level coursework while preparing to pursue APRN certification in one of the following specializations:

Upon graduation, graduates are eligible to sit for board certification examinations in their specialty area to obtain licensure.

Distance-Based, Online Post-Master’s DNP Program Overview

The Post-Master’s DNP program is designed to build on the clinical experience of nurses in advanced nursing roles with master’s degrees. The Post-Master’s DNP program is offered in a part-time program of study, consisting of five 15-week terms, as well as DNP practice hours and on-campus executive sessions.

The 30-credit curriculum focuses on leadership at the systems level. Coursework is designed to encourage students to innovate, influence health care policy, and engage in the world in service to others, addressing topics such as:

This program is intended for students who have an advanced nursing specialty or role and does not provide clinical preparation in an area of specialization. If you are interested in pursuing additional certifications, Georgetown University offers a distance-based, online Post-Graduate Certificate program with four APRN specialization options.

Distance-Based, Online DNP Program Curriculum

The Doctor of Nursing Practice distance-based, online DNP programs synthesize advanced leadership concepts and clinical expertise to equip nurses employed in advanced nursing roles with the foresight and experience to lead the advancement and implementation of change in health care.

These programs prepare students to improve health outcomes, implement systems-level change, and advocate for policies that improve population health, focusing on vulnerable communities.

Through live, distance-based online classes and interactive course content, students will acquire expertise in areas such as:

Doctoral scholarly project

Students will complete a scholarly project that translates evidence from original research and accelerates the adoption of best clinical and leadership practices.

By implementing and evaluating their DNP scholarly project, students will demonstrate practice-related scholarship, change leadership, and outcomes measurement. Though not required, many DNP students complete projects that support Georgetown University’s Jesuit values and address an existing need of underserved populations in the United States.

Distance-Based, Online DNP Program Admissions

The admissions committee for the program will equally consider applicant’s academic background, clinical experience, and leadership potential and abilities. Georgetown University School of Nursing offers several start dates throughout the year and accepts applications on a rolling basis.

As part of the admission process, applicants will be required to provide the following:

Georgetown University School of Nursing’s Faculty Expertise

Georgetown’s nursing faculty are dedicated, active leaders in the field of nursing. They bring their expertise into the classroom and foster the professional growth and development of students at Georgetown University School of Nursing.

Our faculty are committed to continually advance the health and wellbeing of individuals, families, and communities with attention to the Jesuit principle of cura personalis, or care for the whole person — mind, body, and spirit.

The Distance-Based, Online Student Experience

Georgetown University School of Nursing programs are designed with the needs of distance-based, online learners in mind, backed by research in curriculum and pedagogy.

In the program, students will:

Engage in open dialogue during live classes

Join fellow nurses in weekly live classes, designed and led by highly regarded Georgetown University School of Nursing faculty members. The collaborative environment allows for in-depth discussions, real-time presentations, and on-screen annotations.

Access support at every step

Get full support from the Georgetown University School of Nursing community — be it admissions guidance, post-enrollment support, technology training, faculty office hours, or even lifelong networking and career-development opportunities.

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