GW SON Top-Ranked

GW SON continues to be ranked among the top 50 schools of nursing. GW is in the top 11% of ranked graduate nursing schools. 

US News & World Report also ranks our online MSN #13 out of more than 145 programs nationwide. This top ranking reflects the quality of our student engagement, faculty credentials and training, student services and technology, peer recognitions, and admissions selectivity.


Program Requirements

Students who enter the D.N.P. program at the post-Master's level are required to complete 36 semester hours of doctoral work. Students who enter the program at the post-Bachelor's level must complete the credit requirements for their concentration (Adult Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, or Nursing Leadership and Management) before beginning doctoral coursework.

Core DNP Courses (27 credit hours)
NURS 6202: Concepts in Population Health (3)

Integration and synthesis of concepts associated with quality of care, health promotion, disease prevention, and chronic health problems in communities, the general population, and specific population groups. Issues of culturally diverse and vulnerable populations.

NURS 8401: Organizational and Interdisciplinary Concepts in Nursing (3)

The knowledge and skills nurses need to contribute to shaping the future of health care. Health care delivery systems, the nurse's role in interprofessional/interdisciplinary teams, and organizational development from a nursing perspective.

NURS 8402: Knowledge Management in Health Care (3) 

The use of knowledge management and information technology as it applies to health care. Develop strategies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of health care with the use of technology.

NURS 8403: Translating Research into Practice (3)

This course outlines models and processes of evidence-based practice, describes strategies to translate evidence into practice, and includes tools useful for promoting practices in health care settings. Systematic reviews, evidenced based practice guidelines, meta-synthesis and meta-analyses will be evaluated and strategies for application of findings discussed. The project will involve the completion of a quantitative synthesis of research problem.

NURS 8404: Health Services Research & Policy for Nurses (3) 

Methods for evaluating the effectiveness, efficiency, and equity of health care and nursing services delivery. Approaches to measuring the relevant structure, process, and outcome variables that can be used to address effectiveness, efficiency, and equity issues are presented. Throughout the course, linkages are made between nursing, health care policies and related health services research.

NURS 8405: Health Care Quality Improvement (3) 

This course provides a multidisciplinary background for the science of health care quality management. The goal of this course it to equip DNP students with the ability to contribute to continual improvement in health care through case studies and data analysis exercises. Students will be given the opportunity to learn about current quality issues, intervention strategies, as well as analysis of data that contribute to continuous quality improvement.

NURS 8498: Clinical Research Project Proposal (3)

A proposal for a clinical research project is developed through interaction with the student’s advisory committee. The final product is a presentation of the proposal to the advisory committee. NOTE: All other DNP courses must be completed before beginning Nurs 8498.

NURS 8499: Clinical Research Project (3)

An individual investigation of a clinical problem with relevance to the student’s practice setting. Students work under the direction of a faculty committee to prepare a written and oral report of their findings.
NOTE: All other DNP courses must be completed before beginning Nurs 8499.

HSCI 6241: Health Care Enterprise

An overview of global business principles related to health care systems: management of patient-centered care delivery; marketing, finance, and fiscal management principles; information, technology, and quality improvement.

Elective Options (6 credit hours)
NURS 6292: Teaching with Technology in the Health Professions (3)

Application of instructional design principles to the development of learner-centered technology-based educational programs for health professionals.

NURS 8406: Field Experience in Advanced Practice Nursing (3)

Under faculty supervision, a mentored experience where DNP competencies can be explored and mastered in an area of the student’s choice.

NURS 8407: Grant Writing (3)

Formulation of a fundable project or study, identification of potential funding sources, and development of the elements in a proposal. Students will finalize a complete funding proposal, including problem statement, work plan, resource plan, evaluation methods, and budget.

NURS 8408:  Topics in Pharmacology (3)

This elective course will help prescribing clinicians increase their knowledge of pharmacology.  Pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics and drug biotransformation will be reviewed and applied to clinical situations. Prescribing for special populations such as children, the elderly, pregnant and lactating women will be covered.  Emerging topics in pharmacotherapeutics will be explored.

Advanced Family Nurse Practitioner Courses (17 Credit hours)
NURS 6226: Primary Care of the Family (5 credits)

Theoretical and practical foundations of family primary care.

NURS 6227: NP Clinical Practicum (7 credits)

Mentored clinical experience under faculty supervision for currently certified nurse practitioner students to extend their clinical skills to family nurse practitioner clinical competencies. May be repeated to a maximum of 7 credits.

NURS 6228: Advanced Family Primary Care (5 credits)

Seminar and clinical practicum that focuses on the integration of the family nurse practitioner role through the application of family theory and evidence-based practice in primary care settings.

Health Care Quality Concentration Courses (12 credits)
Education Concentration Courses (12 credits)
HOL 6701: Adult Learning (3)

Premises and theories used to meet learning needs of adults. Overview of various learning theories and the impact of various stages of adult development on learners. Topics including self-directed learning, accommodating individual learning needs, and creation of effective learning techniques.

HOL 6721: Assessing the Im­pact of HRD Efforts (3)

Knowledge and skills needed to evaluate the impact and return on investment of HRD efforts. Focus on how to plan and conduct systematic evaluations of HRD efforts, including the choice, development, and use of various tools for measuring individual, group, and organizational change.

HOL 6742: Design of Adult Learning Interventions (3)

Designing and implementing adult learning programs. Topics include instructional design techniques, designing effective programs, program planning and marketing techniques, and conducting needs assessments and evaluations of adult learning programs.

Education Elective (3)
HCQ 6203: Quality Improvement Science in Health Care (3)

An introduction to quality improvement and patient safety theories, models, methods and tools and their application to quality and safety improvement challenges in health care.

HCQ 6204: Health Care Quality Measurement, Data Management and Analysis (3)

Application of measurement, data management and statistical analysis principles to quality improvement and patient safety challenges. Focus on the importance and design of effective measures and the selection of appropriate analysis tools.

HCQ 6205: Patient Safety Systems (3)

An examination of the epidemiology and sources of error in health care, risk assessment, and the design of processes and systems to improve patient safety. Focus on the application of process and technology-based systems to reduce the incidence of error.

Nurs 8409: Health Care Quality Practicum (3)

The Health Care Quality Practicum is a mentored experience where health care quality and DNP competencies can be explored and mastered. The course is designed to provide the DNP student with the opportunity to undertake additional guided study, research, and practice improvement experience in a health care quality setting under faculty supervision. This course will allow the student to develop an individualized curriculum to further enhance their knowledge, skills and abilities in Health Care Quality.

Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner Concentration Courses (13 credit hours)
Didactic Courses
NURS 6276: Foundations of Palliative Care (3 credits)

This course provides an overview of the foundations of palliative care for individuals experiencing serious illness and/or end of life of their families within the interdisciplinary palliative care team. An emphasis of this course is the philosophy, theory, evidence base, standards of care, and interdisciplinary aspects of a comprehensive and compassionate system of palliative care for individuals and their families experiencing complex illness with uncertain timing of death.

NURS 6277: Palliative Care: Pain and Suffering (3 credits)

This course provides an in depth study of pain and symptom management, including advanced care planning with patients and their families. The emphasis will be on ethical and compassionate clinical decision-making by the nurse practitioner according to established standards for quality care and best practices within an interdisciplinary team.

NURS 6278: Palliative Care: Chronic Illness Care (3 credits)

This course provides a study of the illness trajectories for the 10 chronic illnesses, as well as pain and symptoms associated with the illnesses will be examined. The focus will be on enabling patients, families, and healthcare professionals to anticipate and prevent/reduce adverse symptoms from life threatening serious illness to maximize the quality of life for the individual experiencing life threatening illness and their family.

Clinical Courses
NURS 6279: Palliative Care Practicum I (2-4 credits)

Provides comprehensive care to patients with advanced life threatening illness and their families. Engage in holistic assessment of pain and quality of life for patients with advanced illnesses including AIDS, cancer, and others in a variety of settings under the direction of a skilled clinician in palliative care. Seminars integrate concepts from the core and theory courses.

NURS 6280: Palliative Care Practicum II (2-4 credits)

Integrate advanced knowledge of palliative care in assessing and managing the symptoms of those experiencing life-threatening illness within the palliative care focus. Complex psychological, ethical, social and spiritual issues and grief reactions will be focus of clinical practicum. Student will explore and experience the role of the advanced practice nurse leader on the palliative care team, family meeting, and patient support group.

Contact Information DNP Program

School of Nursing

The George Washington University

2030 M Street, NW
Suite 300

Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-994-7901

Fax: 202-994-2777