GW SON Is Top Ranked by US News

US News & World Report ranks our online MSN 4th out of more than 130 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.

Overall, GW SON continues to be ranked among the top 50 schools of nursing. GW is in the top 10% of ranked nursing schools and the top 7% of the more than 730 schools offering undergraduate and/or graduate nursing degree programs. 

Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program

Nursing Students Studying

The Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate program allows Master’s-prepared nurses to expand their scope of practice to include care of all age groups. The program features an array of didactic and clinical experiences that focus on the primary care needs of patients, families, and communities. Through the coursework, family theory is integrated into students' program of study to develop their abilities in recognizing and managing family issues in health care.

Program content includes pathophysiology, pharmacology, as well as health assessment for those students with Master’s degrees in areas other than advanced practice. Health maintenance and promotion, anticipatory guidance, and diagnosis and management of common primary care health concerns are at the core of the primary care education and experiences. These provide the theoretical and practical foundations for nurses to expand their scope of practice.

Completion of the certificate requires 30 credits of coursework, but an advanced, 17-credit track for certified nurse practitioners is also available.

The program’s versatile distance-based format allows professional nurses to advance their education while working, but also provides students with a rigorous curriculum and access to the resources and experts at GW. Selected on-campus experiences invite students to campus to interact with faculty and other students.

Additional Information


The baccalaureate (BSN), master of science (MSN), and doctor of nursing practice (DNP) prograns at the GW School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 520, Washington DC. 20036, (202) 887-6791. 

* The FNP Certificate has enhanced its curriculum to accommodate a broader spectrum of Master's-prepared nurses. Learn more in the Curriculum and Admissions sections.


For additional information regarding Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) and approximate cost of attendance, click here.