Frequently Asked Questions

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Nursing@Georgetown is an innovative Master of Science degree in Nursing program delivered online by Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies. Listed below are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions. If your question is not answered here, please contact your admissions counselor for additional assistance.

Application Requirements

What are the prerequisites and requirements to apply?

Please see the admissions section.

Do I need to submit a transcript for an associate's degree or a summer class taken at a local community college if the credits show up on my graduating transcript?

Yes, you must submit official transcripts from all colleges attended.

What should I include in my professional statement of purpose?

Your professional statement of purpose should address, in detail, your intellectual and clinical interests, your interest in the specific specialty to which you are applying, and your fit with Georgetown University's program.

What should I include in my resume/CV?

The following components should be included in your resume/CV:

  • Educational background, including institutions, degree(s) awarded and/or degrees in progress, dates of degrees awarded/anticipated date of degree
  • Relevant employment history, with location, brief description of position, and dates (if within a health care setting, please describe the type of unit and duties within that position)
  • Community/volunteer experience
  • The acceptable file formats are .pdf, .doc, and .docx.
Is an interview required?

No. Instead you will upload a video essay to your application. If additional information is needed, you will be contacted directly by a member of the faculty admissions committee.

I have my bachelor's degree in non-nursing content, but I am an RN. Am I eligible?

Georgetown University requires that applicants to its graduate nursing programs hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree or equivalent degree, e.g. Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL).

If I have below a 3.0 GPA, should I apply?

While the majority of students admitted to the program have a cumulative undergraduate GPA greater than 3.0 (and an equally strong science GPA), each applicant is reviewed holistically by the faculty admissions committee. Commitment to scholarship, leadership, and clinical inquiry are crucial components in a competitive application. Academic rigor, clinical experience, best fit with the program, and advanced specialty are also considered during the application review process.

Tuition and Financial Aid

What are the tuition costs?

Please see the Office of Student Financial Services for the current rates.

Is financial aid available? If so, how do I apply?

Complete information on need-based financial aid and supplemental loan programs are available in the Financial Aid section.

How do most students finance their education?

Graduate students financing their education generally take advantage of multiple sources of funding, including their federal loan eligibility.

Detailed information can be found here.

Where can I find information on scholarships?

Georgetown and NHS offer a number of scholarship opportunities based on scholastic and professional achievements and affiliations. Please contact an admission counselor at 877-910-HOYA (4692) to discuss and learn about scholarship and tuition reimbursements options.

Can I use financial aid to cover travel expenses for the OCI experiences?

Yes, it is possible to access financial aid to cover these expenses. Talk with your financial aid advisor for more details.

Program Specific

What is the difference between a "Midwife" and a "Women's Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP)"?

Midwives:

  • A midwife is an individual with advanced education and clinical training who can provide primary health care to women across the lifespan, including gynecological, prenatal, labor and birth, and postpartum care. A midwife can provide care to healthy newborns up to 28 days of life and to male sexual partners of women.
  • A midwife may or may not have a nursing background.
  • A midwife may be certified as a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM), Certified Midwife (CM), or Certified Professional Midwife (CPM). Currently, Georgetown University offers midwifery education leading to the CNM credential.
  • CNMs are legally authorized to practice in all 50 states.
  • More information on Becoming a Midwife and FAQs for Prospective Students can be found on the American College of Nurse-Midwives website.

Women's Health Nurse Practitioners:

  • A Women's Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP) is a registered nurse (RN) with advanced education and clinical training who can provide primary care and gynecological, prenatal and postpartum care to women across the lifespan.
  • A WHNP is a specialty credential within the Nurse Practitioner (NP) role focusing on women's health.
  • Nurse Practitioners (NPs) are legally authorized to practice in all 50 states.
  • More information can be found on the Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health (NPWH) website.
  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners.
How are Midwives and WHNP's credentialed?

Midwives

  • Midwives must successfully pass an Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME) accredited midwifery education program with a graduate degree, either a master's degree or a doctoral degree, to be eligible to sit the national certification exam administered by the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB) 

WHNP

  • WHNPs must successfully pass an Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME) accredited nurse practitioner education program with a graduate degree, either a master's degree or a doctoral degree, to be eligible to sit the national certification exam administered by the National Certification Corporation (NCC)
Where do Midwives and WHNP's practice?

Midwives

  • Midwives practice in a variety of settings including private offices, community clinics, hospitals, birth centers, and homes.
  • Midwife Jobs.

WHNP

  • WHNPs practice in a variety of settings including private offices, community clinics, and hospitals.
  • Nurse Practitioner Jobs.

How long do the Georgetown University NM/WHNP and WHNP programs take?

Midwives – CNM/WHNP

  • The Midwifery/WHNP program at Georgetown University is seven (7) semesters.
    * Individual student progression may vary.
  • The degree awarded is a Master's in Science (MS).

WHNP

  • The WHNP program at Georgetown University is six (6) semesters.
    * Individual student progression may vary.
  • The degree awarded is a Master's in Science (MS).
How many clinical hours are required for the WHNP and NM/WHNP programs?

NM/WHNP Program:

  • Practicum experiences include ambulatory (office), triage, in-hospital and out of hospital birth experiences (birth centers and home birth). Practicum hours vary according to the student's learning needs and the ability to meet core competencies. An average of 1000 hours is typical.
  • A minimum of 600 ambulatory hours are required over 4 clinical terms.
  • Experiences may take place in rural areas, community based, or urban settings

WHNP Program:

  • Practicum experiences include ambulatory (office) and triage. Practicum hours vary according to the student's learning needs and the ability to meet core competencies.
  • The WHNP curriculum requires a minimum of 720 hours over 3 clinical terms.
  • Experiences may take place in rural areas, community based, or urban settings.
Will I be able to find a job as a Midwife or WHNP?

Midwives:

  • The demand for primary care providers and birth care providers for women is increasing nation-wide and midwives are prepared to provide such care.
  • The demand for high quality maternity and women's health care services in underserved areas and populations is also increasing.

WHNP

  • The demand for primary care providers for women is increasing nation-wide and WHNPs are prepared to provide such care.
  • The demand for high quality maternity and women's health care services in underserved areas and populations is also increasing.

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