GW SON Top-Ranked

GW SON continues to be ranked among the top 50 schools of nursing. GW is in the top 13% of ranked graduate nursing schools. 

US News & World Report also ranks our online MSN #13 out of more than 145 programs nationwide.

In a first-ever ranking of Doctor of Nursing Practice programs, we are no. 30, placing us in the top 20% of ranked programs. These top rankings reflects the quality of our student engagement, faculty credentials and training, student services and technology, peer recognitions, and admissions selectivity.

Family Nurse Practitioner

About the Family Nurse Practitioner specialty

The Family Nurse Practitioner option prepares registered nurses for leadership in primary care to families and individuals of all ages. With a focus on delivering high-quality, patient-centered primary care, the program offers both didactic and clinical experiences that prepare nurse practitioners to care for the physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual health of patients, families, and communities.

This specialty stresses the integration of research and nursing practice with a strong emphasis on solving real-world problems. Curriculum content includes pathophysiology and pharmacology, health assessment, health maintenance and promotion, and diagnosis and management of common primary care health concerns, providing the theoretical and practical foundations for nurses to expand their scope of practice.

The MSN 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. Simultaneous clinical experiences ensure that students meet all criteria to sit for the nationally recognized AANP or ANCC certification examination for the Family Nurse Practitioner role and population focus.

This option consists of 48 credits and is available on a full- and part-time basis.