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New Online Graduate Nursing Program to Launch at Georgetown

Online Nursing

Georgetown's online graduate nursing program will feature the university's values-based curriculum and professors' lectures taught through streaming video and various web-based technologies.

January 11, 2011 – A new initiative in the School of Nursing & Health Studies will bring its nationally ranked graduate nursing program online in spring 2011.

The program will use advanced Web technology to create a highly interactive learning environment.  Students will complete the didactic portion of the program online and will complete the clinical portion in or close to their home community.

Julie DeLoia, the school’s interim dean, says Georgetown’s academic rigor and values-based approach prepare nurses to become leaders, critical thinkers and compassionate practitioners.

“Our new online initiative will allow us to extend our mission and magnify our impact on health and health care across the nation, particularly in rural and underserved areas,” she said.

Improving Health Outcomes

The online program builds upon Georgetown’s longstanding on-campus graduate nursing program.

Both programs are designed to prepare high-achieving BSN-prepared registered nurses to become leaders in specialized areas of advanced practice nursing.  In addition to this new learning option, Georgetown will continue offering its campus-based programs.

Jeanne Matthews, who chairs the department of nursing, where the online program is housed, says the initiative will positively affect health outcomes nationally.

“The health system in the United States is at a crossroads,” she said. “By preparing advanced practice nurses to be leaders in practice, education, research, and policy across the country, we can improve health outcomes for the nation. This innovative online initiative holds the promise to do that, building upon the excellence of our on-campus programs.”

Values and Technology

Some of the initiative’s features include Georgetown’s values-based curriculum and lectures taught by Georgetown faculty using streaming video, animation and various other web-based technologies.

The initiative also features interactive online class sessions – including small group discussions – with faculty and classmates, and a comprehensive student advising system.

During the course of the program, students will visit Georgetown’s campus for two weekends to practice with patient simulation technology.

All candidates must meet the same rigorous admissions standards as those of Georgetown’s on-campus programs.  Upon successful completion of the coursework, students will receive a master of science degree in nursing. 

The Family Nurse Practitioner program will be the first to launch, followed by other graduate nursing specialties.

Changing Workforce

The online initiative will help Georgetown further contribute to the nation’s advanced practice nursing workforce, leaders said.

Howard J. Federoff, executive vice president for health sciences at Georgetown University Medical Center, said that the combination of Georgetown’s academic standards with today’s innovative technology will prepare outstanding advanced practice nurses.

“With health care reform, we anticipate that the health care workforce will need to change,” he said.  “One expectation is that well-educated advanced practice nurses will be increasingly deployed in a variety of clinical settings.”

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