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A four-year college or university is a traditional college that administers bachelor’s degrees. Some provide the opportunity for master’s and doctorate degrees as well. While four-year colleges and universities are more expensive than community colleges, a bachelor’s degree carries more weight in the job market than an associate’s degree. Today’s employers are showing an increasing preference for nurses with bachelor’s degrees, and they are even more impressed by a master’s degree.

One of the primary benefits of a four-year program is the balanced education it provides. Although you may not see the immediate benefit of taking economics or western literature, this broad-based education will sharpen your toolkit and make you a more well-rounded job applicant. Another bonus: you will likely earn more with an advanced degree. In the DC area, registered nurses earn $14 more per hour than licensed practical nurses and $23 more per hour than nursing assistants. Although you don’t need a bachelor’s degree to become a registered nurse, completing a four-year program will help you land higher-paying positions at employers like the Washington Hospital Center and the Department of Veteran Affairs.

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If you’re interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree in the DC area, you have many options available to you. Several prestigious private schools offer four-year nursing degrees include Catholic University of America, George Washington University, and Georgetown University. The University of the District of Columbia is a public four-year option for aspiring nurses.

To organize your options, we've listed below all of the District of Columbia's four-year colleges and universities with accredited nursing programs.

District of Columbia

Catholic University of America
Programs offered: Master's in Pediatric Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Pediatric Nursing; Master's in Public Health and Community Nursing; 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
George Washington University
Programs offered: 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; Master's in Palliative Care Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care Nursing
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
Trinity Washington University
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
University of the District of Columbia
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Bachelor's in Nursing Education; Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant