About Us

Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies is a values-based organization that educates the health workforce and advances practice, research, and scholarship, with a strong focus on reducing health disparities and promoting health equity around the globe. The multidisciplinary school houses energizing academic degree programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels.

Fun Facts

1903: Founding year as the Georgetown University Hospital Training School for Nurses

1906: First graduating class of the three-year diploma program

2000: Renamed as the School of Nursing & Health Studies to reflect new health-related academic programs

2011: Launched Georgetown's first-ever online degree-granting program

Dr. Patricia Cloonan, pictured here near the Old North Building, serves as dean of the School of Nursing & Health Studies

Message from the Dean

The School of Nursing & Health Studies contributes to Georgetown University's Catholic, Jesuit mission and values by supporting health equity in the United States and around the world. We are proud of the way our graduates, since our first class graduated in June 1906, have advanced health and well-being for individuals and their communities. When you become a member of the tight-knit NHS family, you join a environment known for energizing classroom-based and experiential learning opportunities and careful attention to the faculty-student mentorship experience. Indeed, at NHS, the modes of academe - practice, research, scholarship, service, and teaching - aim to support the common good.

- Patricia Cloonan, PhD, RN

NHS Strategic Plan cover with an image of Healy Hall and the Potomac River

Strategic Plan

The Strategic Plan defined a Mission, Vision, and Values Statement, as well as outlined goals for the future.


State Authorizations

Not all programs offered by the School of Nursing & Health Studies and other schools at Georgetown University are able to operate and enroll students in all states and international locations. Information by program is available here: Clinical Nurse Leader, Executive Master's in Health Systems Administration, Master's in Nursing, Post-BSN DNP, and Post-Master's DNP.


The Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing, Master's Degree in Nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice at Georgetown University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org). Visit the list of accredited programs. The Master's in Health Systems Administration Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education. The Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice Program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs. The Midwifery Program at Georgetown University is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME), 8403 Colesville Road, Suite 1550, Silver Spring, MD 20910-6374; For information about accreditation please contact ACME directly. Tel: 240-485-1802, acme@acnm.org, www.midwife.org/acme.

Compliance and ethics

Students may visit the Office of Compliance & Ethics for information on university student grievance policy and procedures, state agency contact information, and other required disclosures.

Explore information and resources related to Georgetown programs preparing students for employment in a licensed profession by visiting resources provided by the compliance office.