Mission, Goals, Objectives, & Model

Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies prepares future leaders to respond to the growing complexity of health care delivery at all levels.

Consistent with this objective, and the overall mission of Georgetown University to provide student-centered, excellent professional education in the Jesuit tradition, the School of Nursing & Health Studies has based its baccalaureate and master's program curricula on terminal objectives derived from its mission and core values.

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Master's-Level Nursing Programs

The School of Nursing & Health Studies offers a program of study leading to the degree Master of Science.  The Master's program prepares advanced practice nurses, CNLs, nurse educators who meet the certification requirements for respective specialized areas of nursing practice: Nurse Anesthesia, Nurse Educator, Nurse-Midwifery/Women's Health Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, and Clinical Nurse Leader.

The school's mission of health and well-being for all people and its core values provide the framework for the program, which builds on the undergraduate terminal objectives.

As advanced practice nurses and nurse educators, graduates are prepared to improve nursing and health care through expert practice and the advancement of nursing knowledge. The curriculum emphasizes the development of professional specialty roles as acute care or primary care providers. The graduate core courses encompass interdisciplinary, nursing and science requirements that provide content essential to all advanced practice nurses.

The advanced nursing courses, which vary by specialty area, expand and extend knowledge gained in the core, and provide an opportunity for students to develop skill in evidence-based, holistic practice. Following program completion, students are prepared to sit for national certification exams.

Terminal Objectives

The graduate program terminal objectives provide clear statements of expected results.

The terminal objectives, derived from the mission and core values of the Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies, require that the graduate be able to:

  1. Integrate advanced nursing knowledge, ethical principles and clinical excellence in advanced practice nursing within an area of specialization to reflect the Jesuit values ideas and Georgetown University Nursing Model of valuing cura personalis, excellence in the pursuit of knowledge, holistic care of the patient, and integrating the principles of common good and social justice.
  2. Develop the role of the advanced practice nurse with commitment toexcellence and quality outcomes.
  3. Utilize research and evidence to assist in the development and validation of nursing science.
  4. Integrate theoretical and scientific concepts that influence leadership in advanced practice roles consistent with education, practice and research.
  5. Participate in the process of health policy development for continued improvement of health care systems.
  6. Engage in lifelong learning, and the professional development of self and others.