Clinical Experience

Nursing majors begin their clinical and practical coursework with patient contact in the first year of study.

This hands-on clinical training intensifies as students enter their sophomore, junior, and senior years, totaling more than 900 clinical hours. Students complete clinical hours in courses such as public health nursing, health care of women, and mental health nursing.

Diverse Clinical Settings

Students are exposed to a wide variety of clinical settings—including hospitals, outpatient and community clinics, treatment centers, and long-term care facilities—as well as patient populations diverse in age, gender, health status, socioeconomic background, and geographic distribution.

To download a list of primary clinical sites, click here.

Clinical experiences are arranged to maximize the learning of students in all facets of health care. These varied experiences are guided by specialized nurse clinicians in their respective fields.

A new clinical assignment with each clinical course affords the student a breadth of exposure culminating in a customized senior practicum in an identified area of interest for the student. This helps the student to focus on the area in which they would like to ultimately work.

Past senior nursing practicum sites have included intensive care units for both children and adults, HIV/AIDS clinics, oncology units, emergency rooms, transplant units, and burn units.

Clinical Locations

The District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia region is home to a multitude of hospitals – university based, military, tertiary health care facilities, research, not for profit, for profit private hospitals and community centers.  Many of these have received a national ranking and are some of the best in the country. During the four years at Georgetown, an effort is made to expose the student in the Department of Professional Nursing Practice to as many different types of health care facilities as the curriculum permits, with the goal of helping enhance the education experience and guide career development.

During their first two years at Georgetown, students are placed at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, which is located on campus next to St. Mary’s Hall.  During junior and senior year, students are placed at the hospitals in the tri-state area.  All of the agencies used are accessible by public transportation to ease the transition to off-site facilities.  Discounted taxi-service fares are available for students who desire private transportation.  Individual student clinical site requests are always welcomed and honored when possible. 

A Capital Experience

Being in Washington, DC, our students have access to some of the best health care systems in the nation.

These include MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, which is conveniently located just steps away from NHS, and MedStar Washington Hospital Center, one of the nation’s busiest cardiac facilities known worldwide for its work in new techniques such as stents and intravascular ultrasound.

In addition, clinical placements are made at smaller clinics in the area, including Whitman-Walker Clinic, which specializes in HIV/AIDS care, prevention, and research.

With more than 200 partner health care facilities in the D.C.-metropolitan area, the options for specialized clinical study are endless.