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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.

Featured Schools

District of Columbia

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
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