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Washington, DC is home to a number of accredited nursing schools dedicated to helping students launch careers in the healthcare field. As a nurse, you have a wide field of career options available, each one requiring a different level of education. Each of these nursing paths also requires successfully passing a licensure examination at the conclusion of your studies.

Nursing assistants
Nursing assistants are the first line of care for most patients, performing essential personal care. To be a certified nursing assistant, you need a basic amount of education, often as little as eight weeks. In the Washington, DC area, almost 4,000 individuals are employed as nursing assistants, earning an average of $14.29 per hour.

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Licensed practical nurses (LPNs)
LPNs are one level above nursing assistants. They also provide basic patient care as well as more medical-oriented care, such as administering medication to patients. Generally, you need 12-18 months of training to become an LPN; you’ll be awarded a certificate at the end of your studies. In Washington DC, about 1,200 individuals are employed as LPNs, and they earn an average of $23.36 per hour.

Registered nurses
Registered nurses supervise LPNs and nursing assistants. They provide both personal and medical care to patients; they also create overall plans of care for patients. To become a registered nurse, you need an associate’s or bachelor’s degree from an accredited two-year or four-year institution. Roughly 11,000 individuals are employed as registered nurses in the DC area, earning an average wage of $37.28 per hour.

To help aspiring nurses launch their careers, we've listed below all of the District of Columbia's accredited nursing schools.

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Catholic University of America
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
George Washington University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Graduate Certificate: Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nurse-Midwifery
  • MSN: Nursing Leadership and Management
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Georgetown University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Howard University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificates
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Radians College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Trinity Washington University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of the District of Columbia
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
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Catholic University of America Washington
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
George Washington University Washington
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Graduate Certificate: Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nurse-Midwifery
  • MSN: Nursing Leadership and Management
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Georgetown University Washington
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Howard University Washington
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificates
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Radians College Washington
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Trinity Washington University Washington
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of the District of Columbia Washington
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion