Applicants must have demonstrated academic excellence (with a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale) and hold an ADN from an accredited institution of higher education. You must also hold a license to practice as an RN in your state.
You must complete prerequisite coursework with grades of C or better and a minimum 3.0 GPA prior to starting the program:
- 6-8 semester hours Human Anatomy and Physiology
- 3-4 semester hours Microbiology
- 3 semester hours Statistics
- 3 semester hours Nutrition
- 3 semester hours Ethics
General education requirements are most often completed in ADN programs:
- 6 semester hours English
- 3 semester hours Math
- 12 semester hours Humanities/Social Sciences
- NURS 6203: Nursing Leadership
- NURS 6205: Health Policy, Quality and Political Processes
- NURS 6202: Concepts in Population Health
- NURS 6207: Evidence Based Practice for Health Care Researchers
- NURS 4117: NPCR 6: Epidemiology and Community Health Nursing
- NURS 4119: Patient Safety and Health Care Quality
- NURS 4121: Nursing Advancement Professional Portfolio1
- NURS 6233: Genetics for Health Care Providers2
1 You are eligible to receive advanced standing for an additional 15 credits after a portfolio review.
2 Recommended if you are considering pursuing a Master’s of Science in Nursing with a specialty in nurse practitioner or nurse-midwife
Given the residency requirement, you should be local to the Washington, D.C., area for the duration of the program and three years following graduation.