OCTOBER 18, 2016 - Last night, Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies celebrated the fifth anniversary of its online master’s program in nursing - an initiative launched in 2011 with education technology company 2U Inc.
Patricia Cloonan, PhD, RN, dean of the School of Nursing & Health Studies, and Chip Paucek, 2U CEO and co-founder, addressed the audience, which included Georgetown faculty and staff and 2U colleagues. Eileen O’Grady, PhD, RN, ANP, also delivered a keynote address on “Evidence-Based Flourishing in an On-Line Environment.”
When it began, the program was Georgetown University’s first degree-granting online program. (Other online programs have been added on campus since that time.)
During their remarks, Cloonan and Pauceck highlighted a number of achievements of and facts about the program. They include:
- The first cohort of 17 students began on March 21, 2011.
- Janelle Shank (G’12), from Arizona, was the first student to enroll in the online program.
- In September 2012, six full-time students became the first-ever graduates of an online degree-granting program at Georgetown University.
- There have been 980 graduates across specialties since the program began.
- More than 650 students are currently enrolled in the program.
- The program now operates in 48 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
- Students in the Nurse-Midwifery Program have delivered more than 4,800 babies.
- About 38 percent of online graduates work in federally designated medically underserved areas.
- Ninety-seven percent of students have a first-time pass rate on their certification examinations.
Online speciality options currently include AG-ACNP, Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse-Midwifery/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, and Women’s Health Nurse Practititoner.