At A Glance

Learn more about the GW School of Nursing!

Record of Innovation, Entrepreneurism, and Leadership

  • Leader in nursing distance education, ranked No. 13 out of more than 145 online MSN programs nationwide, according to US News & World Report
  • Ranked in the top 11 percent of graduate nursing schools
  • Success launching and growing new initiatives and programs
  • Flourishing partnerships and collaborations
  • Dedicated to diversity and inclusion
  • Proven record of fiscal responsibility

Quick Facts

  • Bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and certificate programs and associate degree progression pathways
  • More than 800 students, with more than 225 on campus and more than 550 online 
  • 58 faculty (full- and part-time) and 300 clinical preceptors
  • Two locations: Virginia Science and Technology Campus (VSTC) and Foggy Bottom Campus
  • Three Skills and Simulation Laboratories 
  • International engagements include Ecuador, Haiti, Singapore, and Thailand
  • Guaranteed admission agreements with the Virginia Community College System and Montgomery College in Maryland
  • Sponsored research and projects in health policy, aging, online learning, interprofessional education, and more 
  • Phi Epsilon chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International
  • Top-ranked school with comparatively low tuition


Our more than 750 students are our greatest asset. Of these, about 550 are enrolled in online programs and located across the country and internationally, and another 200 students are at our Virginia campus. Following is the enrollment distribution, with ADN pathways serving as a portal:

  • 29 percent in BSN Program
  • 50 percent in MSN Program
  • 16 percent in DNP Program
  • 5 percent in Certificate Program

About 40 percent of students this year are male or underrepresented minorities.

Demonstrating a commitment to student success, GW SON offers student mentoring, and writing and ESL initiatives. 


The paramount strength of GW SON is our exceptional faculty which is involved in scholarship, policy work, research, and clinical practice that shapes the nursing profession, and health care as a whole.

GW SON has more than 50 full- and part-time faculty and more than 400 clinical preceptors. Our faculty seeks to enhance the educational experience and the health care landscape, whether teaching a class, mentoring a student, developing a new program, addressing health policy, or conducting research.

The GW SON faculty puts students first and is dedicated to teaching excellence.


GW SON earns top ratings from US News & World Report.

GW SON's online MSN program is ranked No. 13 out of more than 145 programs nationwide.

GW SON is ranked in the top 11 percent of graduate nursing schools.

This national recognition illustrates our commitment to meet nurses' demand for flexible and creative online learning opportunities. 


The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) at the George Washington School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Also, the BSN program is approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing, and the MSN and DNP programs are approved by the Washington, D.C., Board of Nursing.

Sponsored Projects & Research

Our vision is to become a leader that drives innovation and improvements in health care worldwide, and through our sponsored research and projects we are well on the path to achieving this.

  • Collaborative Coaching for Self-Management of Multiple Chronic Conditions [HRSA]
  • Veterans Educational Transition to Success (VETS) Initiative [HRSA]
  • Adult-Gerontology Education - Innovation and Integration in 2013 [US Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)]
  • Aligning Forces for Quality Evaluation [Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), sub-award from Penn State]
  • Geriatric Education Utilizing a Palliative Care Framework [HRSA]
  • How a Health System Uses an Innovative Physician Compensation Model to Drive Improvements in Care Delivery [The Commonwealth Fund]
  • Longitudinal Study of Patient Activation, Clinician Support, and Health Outcomes [Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation]
  • National Nurse Emergency Preparedness Initiatives (NNEPI) [US Department of Homeland Security]
  • Quality and Safety Education in Nursing (QSEN) [RWJF]
  • Success in Nursing Education (Diversity Program) [HRSA]
  • Teaching and Informing Through Technology (T3) [HRSA]
  • Washington DC Geriatric Education Center Consortium (WAGECC) [HRSA]

Health Policy Portfolio

GW SON is evolving as the school of nursing for health policy. Health policy interests and expertise of our faculty include the Affordable Care Act, quality care, patient and family engagement, cost-effective care, access to care, nursing education, patient education, substance abuse, palliative care, and the aging population. GW SON conducts sponsored research and projects in a range of policy areas and is implementing a core health policy curriculum across the BSN-MSN-DNP continuum.

Faculty members are on editorial boards, serve as contributing editors, and publish articles in different industry journals:

  • Accountable Care News
  • American Journal of Nursing
  • Health Affairs
  • Journal of Nursing Regulation
  • Medical Care Research and Review
  • Nurse Education Today
  • Nursing Economics
  • Policy, Politics and Nursing Practice
  • World Medical & Health Policy
  • Voice (American Organization of Nurse Executives)

GW SON faculty members are tapped as experts for policy issue panels, policy committee service, and special projects. These highlights show the scope of this work:

  • Capitol Hill briefing sponsored by the nonpartisan Alliance for Health Reform, AARP, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (Panelist)
  • Saint Anselm College: Affordable Care Act presentation (Invited Speaker)
  • The Council on Health Care Economics and Policy's Princeton Conference: Changing Health Care Landscape (Panelist)
  • National Summit on Health Care Price, Cost, and Quality Transparency by Global Health Care LLC (Presenters and Panelists)
  • National Journal Countdown to Transformation: A Road Map to Health Care's Next Era - What it Means for Patients and Providers (Panelist)
  • US Department of Health and Human Services Region III Health Equity Council (Member)
  • US Health Resources and Human Services Administration (HRSA) Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry (Member)

Already this year, GW SON has participated in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Health Policy Conference and has a leadership role in the Eastern Nursing Research Society (ENRS) conference Nursing Science, Evidence, and Policy: Creating a Culture of Health.

In addition, GW SON was the only nursing school sponsor of the 2014 Academy Health Advancing Research, Policy, and Practice conference.

GW SON established the Nursing Alliance for Quality Care (NACQ), which brought together the major nursing organizations in this country to focus on how nurses as a collective can improve the quality of care. The NACQ has moved to the American Nurses Association.

Policy is a hallmark of the university as a whole, and GW SON is no exception. Our campus location in the heart of the nation's capital places us at the doorsteps of the country's policymakers and creates unique opportunities for partnerships.


GW SON has flourishing partnerships and collaborations – within the university, locally, nationally, and internationally.  These include:

  • Alice Lee Centre for Nursing, National University of Singapore
    Ashby Ponds Retirement Community
  • Children’s National Medical Center
  • Commonwealth of Virginia Community College System
  • GW Graduate School of Education & Human Development
  • GW Hospital
  • GW School of Business
  • HCA Health System
  • INOVA Health System
  • Loudoun County Public Schools
  • MedStar Health System
  • Montgomery College
  • Sae-A Trading Co., Ltd.
  • Shenandoah University
  • Thammasat University, Thailand
  • Virginia Community College System
  • Virginia Hospital Center
  • Washington DC Area Geriatric Education Center Consortium

Skills and Simulation Laboratories

The Skills and Simulation Laboratories are sophisticated learning environments. These are among GW School of Nursing's most esteemed features, and expansion is underway. Currently, with 6,300 square feet of lab space, 21 mock hospital bed stations and exam areas, a home health studio apartment, and birthing and pediatric simulation, nurses-in-training experience life in a hospital long before their first clinical experience. In the labs, students develop competencies in multiple simulated health care settings that cross the human life span.

The labs are home to 21 simulated (manikin) patients ranging in age from infant to adult, and displaying conditions from stagnant to high-fidelity. The manikins — who have names, personal histories, and lifelike features, such as pulse, voice, blinking eyes, and spurting blood — have physiologically accurate responses to care provided by students.

Additional equipment such as IV pumps, EKG monitors, medication carts, crash carts, and isolation carts add to the reality of the learning space. This presents a sophisticated hospital simulated environment, or "virtual hospital," in which students synthesize didactic and clinical knowledge as they transition into professional practice.

Work in the Skills and Simulation Laboratories is integrated throughout the Accelerated and Veterans BSN programs, with Basic Learning and Skills Training (BLAST) in various clinical specialties through to the graduate level, where live patient actors provide dynamic simulated learning experiences particularly around enhancing communication skills with patients across different health care environments (e.g., hospital, clinic, home health, and senior living).


Community Service

Service to the community is important to GW SON. The faculty provides service through clinical practice, volunteer service, and scholarly activities. Our students participate in community service in myriad ways, including health education and first aid at youth camps, health screenings, health education, first aid teams at athletic and community events, among other activities.

International Activities

Improving the health and well-being of people and communities worldwide is important to us. This global outlook is rooted in the university's and our strategic plans and is reflected in the growing array of overseas programs for nursing students.

Students, faculty and staff volunteer in schools and community clinics in Haiti and Ecuador several times a year. Our efforts have quickly and strategically broadened beyond the Western Hemisphere as well, including relationships with nursing schools in Thailand and Singapore.

Faculty members have also conducted research, delivered papers, and presented other scholarly work in South Africa, Australia, Scotland, Finland, and the Netherlands, among other nations.

The George Washington University does not unlawfully discriminate against any person on any basis prohibited by federal law, the District of Columbia Human Rights Act, or other applicable law, including without limitation, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression.  This policy covers all programs, services, policies, and procedures of the university, including admission to education programs and employment.

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 #26 out of more than 144 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.