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Programs include LPN/LVN, ADN, BSN, MSN, and more

Private schools are traditional colleges and universities that offer a range of one-year certificate, two-year associate's degree, and four-year bachelor’s degree programs. Some also offer postgraduate studies as well. Private universities do not receive subsidies from state governments, so their tuition is generally higher than public universities. However, they offer many benefits that public universities cannot. For instance, class sizes are typically smaller at private colleges. While some public universities can have class sizes in the hundreds for general education and lecture classes, private schools often cap their programs at 25-30 students per class.

The higher price tag of a private university also affords you a certain prestige. For well-established private universities, just the name of your alma mater can open employment doors. The most prestigious employers will often weed out candidates that didn’t attend one of the top colleges or universities. For aspiring nurses, a degree from a respected private school can thrust your name to the top in the interviewing process.

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Washington, DC has several big-name private schools, including Georgetown University, the Catholic University of America, and Trinity Washington University. Degrees from these schools will not only provide you the education required to pass your nursing licensure examination; they will also make you a well-rounded and higher-performing nurse in the actual workforce.

If you’re interested in learning more about private nursing schools in the DC area, please see the list we’ve compiled for you below.

District of Columbia

Catholic University of America
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing; Doctor's in Registered Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Registered Nursing; Master's in Adult Health Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Adult Health Nursing; Master's in Family Practice Nursing; Doctor's in Nursing Science; Master's in Pediatric Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Pediatric Nursing; Master's in Public Health and Community Nursing
George Washington University
Programs offered: Master's in Palliative Care Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care Nursing; Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Nursing Administration; Master's in Adult Health Nursing; Master's in Family Practice Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Family Practice Nursing; Master's in Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing; Doctor's in Nursing Practice
Georgetown University
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing
Howard University
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Registered Nursing
Radians College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Trinity Washington University
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing