Georgetown Nursing

Georgetown University's nursing program, founded in 1903, includes undergraduate and on-campus and online graduate nursing programs. Programs are housed within two academic departments: the Department of Advanced Nursing Practice and the Department of Professional Nursing Practice.

These programs support Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies' overall goal of preparing morally reflective health care leaders and scholars who strive to improve the health and well-being of all people with sensitivity to cultural differences and issues of justice.

  • The Department of Advanced Nursing Practice houses several specialities within the Master of Science Program, including Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse-Midwifery/Women's Health Nurse Practitioner, and Women's Health Nurse Practitioner.
  • The Department of Professional Nurse Practice houses the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program, the master's-level Clinical Nurse Leader Program, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program.

Faculty Expertise

Nursing faculty continue to foster an innovative learning environment through research, scholarship, and teaching.

Faculty interests include environmental health, public health, the mental health of immigrant communities, clinical outcomes, nursing workforce, nursing care, maternal and child health, health disparities, acupuncture and stress, forensics, and health care quality.


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, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791. Click here for more information.  

The nurse anesthesia and nurse-midwifery specialities are also accredited by their respective accrediting agencies; please visit their landing pages for more information.

Excellent Pass Rates

At the bachelor's and master's levels, students continue to exhibit excellence, often achieving a very high, if not perfect, first-time pass rate on the respective board examinations.

We invite you to peruse the Web site to find out more about nursing at Georgetown and hope you will visit us in person soon.

Alumnae Leaders

Since 1903, Georgetown's nursing program has graduated leaders.  Graduates have gone on to distinguished careers and positions of leadership in clinical and community settings, the federal government, and higher education.


  • Patricia Grady (NHS'66) directs the National Institute of Nursing Research at the NIH.
  • Eileen Brennan Ferrell (NHS'75, G'83) serves as chief nursing officer at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.
  • Christine McEntee (NHS'77) serves as executive director and CEO of the American Geophysical Union.
  • Catherine "Katie" Gorman Skelton (NHS'75) is vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, Calif.  
  • Elaine (Murray) Tagliareni (NHS'70) is past president and currently a chief program officer at the National League for Nursing.
  • Maria Gomez (NHS'77) is founding president and CEO of Mary's Center for Maternal and Child Care.
  • Ali Gorman (NHS'97) is a health and medicine reporter at ABC6 Action News in Philadelphia.
  • Colleen Conway-Welch (NHS'65, H'97) served as dean of Vanderbilt School of Nursing for nearly three decades.
  • Rosa Gonzalez-Guarda (NHS'02) served as a co-author of the Institute of Medicine/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.
  • Susan Eckert (NHS'78) is senior vice president of nursing and chief nursing executive for MedStar Washington Hospital Center.
  • Annette Flanagin (NHS'83, G'86) is executive managing editor and vice president of editorial operations at the Journal of the American Medical Association and the JAMA Network.
  • Kathleen Delaney (NHS'72) served as president of the International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses.
  • Bernardine Lacey (NHS'69) served as founding dean of the School of Nursing at Western Michigan University.
  • Colleen Scanlon (NHS'76, H'00) serves as senior vice president for advocacy at Catholic Health Initiatives.
  • Christine Grady (NHS'74, G'93) is chief of the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center’s Bioethics Department.
  • Margaret Jordan (NHS'64) is president and CEO of the Margaret Jordan Group.
  • Mary-Michael Brown (NHS'76) is the vice president for nursing practice innovation for MedStar Health, a distributed care delivery network in the DC-Baltimore region.
  • Angela Barron McBride (NHS'62, H'93) is former dean of Indiana University School of Nursing.
  • Gail Stuart (NHS'71) is dean of the College of Nursing at the Medical University of South Carolina.
  • Joyce Fitzpatrick (NHS'66, H'90) served as dean of the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University and is past chair of the American Nurses Foundation board of trustees.

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