Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies will expand its nationally-ranked graduate nursing program by offering it online, the institution announced yesterday. Students will participate in the same academically rigorous curriculum as the on-campus program and will receive a master of science degree in nursing upon completion.
"Our new online initiative will allow us to extend our mission and magnify our impact on health and healthcare across the nation, particularly in rural and underserved areas," Dr. Julie DeLoia, interim dean of the School of Nursing, said in a statement.
Using advanced Web technology, the online program will feature professors' lectures taught through streaming video as well as interactive group discussions with faculty and classmates.
In addition to online coursework, students will complete the clinical training in or close to their hometowns. Students also will get to spend two weekends at Georgetown's Washington, D.C. campus to use patient simulation technology.
The University will launch the first online family nurse practitioner program this spring, with other graduate nursing specialties to appear online in the future.