Nursing Schools in Washington DC

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Online Nursing Schools in Washington DC

Nursing schools in Washington DC have been acutely affected by the nursing faculty shortage resulting in hundreds of nursing school applicants being turned away each year due to lack of clinical training space, educators and classroom space. For those registered nurses seeking an advanced education in nursing, online nursing programs in Washington DC have become a popular avenue. Why? Online nursing programs do not waitlist qualified applicants for their RN to BSN, RN to MSN or MSN programs. A registered nurse can complete an advanced degree in a reasonable amount of time without dealing with the nursing faculty shortage and related issues at Washington DC nursing schools. The cost per credit is similar to other District of Columbia nursing schools and the nursing schools featured on this site are CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education) accredited.

For those who are looking into pre-licensure nursing programs, there are various routes depending on your background. To explore some of these pathways as well as learn a bit more about the requirements for licensure as a Registered Nurse in DC check out the article, Becoming a Registered Nurse in DC.

The University of Phoenix has been actively graduating nurses with advanced degrees to the DC nursing work force over the last few years. “I completed my RN to BSN online in just under 2 years at the University of Phoenix. I have a friend that had been waitlisted when I first applied to the University of Phoenix and I ended up getting a year of courses done before she was even accepted to the [nursing program] she had applied to.” Cindy H., a recent UOP RN to BSN graduate in the Washington DC area.

Washington DC Nursing Job Outlook and Salary Information

The District of Columbia has a severe nursing shortage and the future does not look bright if more is not done to find solutions. What this means is that for new or current nurses, your job is secure and you can anticipate a promising career with abundant career advancement opportunities. It is a great time to become a nurse or advance your career with and advanced degree.

According to, the average annual salary for registered nurse job postings in the District of Columbia, as of 5/3/07, was $83,000 (includes all specialty listings). According to, the median annual salary for a registered nurse in Washington DC is $63,069. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2004, the average annual salary for an RN was $58,330 in the District of Columbia. These wages will vary depending on experience, education, location and specialty.

District of Columbia Board of Nursing Approved BSN Programs – Entry to Registered Nursing

Catholic University of America – School of Nursing

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The nursing programs are CCNE accredited.

Programs Offered: BSN, Accelerated BSN, RN to BSN, MSN – (Tracks: Clinical Nurse Specialist Programs – Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist/Nurse Educator, Community/Public Health Nurse Specialist Educator Program, Immigrant, Refugee, and Global Health Clinical Nurse Specialist, Psychiatric-Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist & Nurse Practitioner Programs – Adult Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Geriatric Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner), PhD, DNP

The Catholic University of America,
620 Michigan Ave., N.E.,
Washington, DC 20064,
PH: 800-673-2772

Howard University – Division of Nursing

The nursing programs are CCNE accredited.

Programs Offered: BSN, BSN – 2nd degree, RN to BSN, MSN – (Tracks: FNP), Post-Master’s certificate – FNP

Howard University – Division of Nursing,
501 Bryant Street, NW,
Washington, D.C. 20059,
PH: 202-806-7456

Trinity Washington University

The nursing programs are CCNE accredited.

Programs Offered: BSN, RN to BSN

Trinity Washington University,
125 Michigan Ave. NE,
Washington, DC 20017
PH: 202-884-9000

District of Columbia Board of Nursing Approved Associate’s Degree Nursing Programs

Radians College

Programs Offered: Associate’s Degree in Registered Nursing

1025 Vermont Avenue, NW,
Suite 200,
Washington, DC 20005,
PH: 202-291-9020

University of the District of Columbia – Department of Nursing & Allied Health

The RN to BSN nursing program is NLNAC accredited.

Programs Offered: AASN, RN to BSN

University of the District of Columbia – Department of Nursing and Allied Health,
Building 44, 102,
Washington, DC 20008,
PH: 202-274-5940