Health Sciences, Medicine & Nursing

Health professionals must have the knowledge and skills to respond to a rapidly changing environment and integrate bold new approaches in research and clinical practice. GW’s programs combine contemporary practice and theory, non-traditional holistic methods, and interdisciplinary teamwork to provide practitioners with the knowledge andskills to lead quality improvement across health settings and systems of care.

Programs in Health Sciences, Medicine & Nursing at GW

Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (Post-Master's Certificate, M.S.N., D.N.P.)

This option prepares registered nurses as advanced practice leaders and inter-professional team members providing care for acute and critically ill patients and their families. The scope of practice for Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioners (AGACNP) is not setting-specific, but based on patient care needs. As such, AGACNPs practice across the continuum of care, but common practice sites include urgent care centers, critical care units, and inpatient medical-surgical or specialty units.

Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (Post-Master’s Certificate, M.S.N., D.N.P.)

The adult/gerontology primary care nurse practitioner program provides the theoretical and practical foundations for nurses to expand their scope of practice and become leaders in their roles as advanced practice nurses, prepared to shape the future of primary health care for patients across the adult age continuum. Utilizing a distance-education format with selected on-campus experiences, the program content encompasses the care and management of the adolescent patient (starting at age 12), the adult patient, the older adult patient, and the frail elderly patient.

Clinical & Translational Microbiology (M.S.H.S.)

The Master of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS) in Clinical and Translational Microbiology is a 36 credit hour blended program (i.e. combination of online and face-to-face courses) that prepares graduates for careers in clinical microbiology laboratories; careers supporting infectious disease research efforts in universities, academic health centers, biotechnology firms and pharmaceutical companies; careers in public policy and non-governmental organizations; and positions involving prevention, control and eradication of infectious diseases both globally and within the United States.

Clinical & Translational Research (Graduate Certificate, M.S.H.S.)

Through a blend of core and tailored coursework, the program provides students with fundamental competencies to practice and lead broad interdisciplinary research initiatives under the evolving paradigm of translational research. Graduates of the program will have the skills, knowledge, and experience needed to fill any number of clinical and translational research professions from funded scientists and clinical personnel to those who advocate for better health policy.

Clinical Management & Leadership (M.S.H.S.)

Offered online, the Master of Science in health sciences program helps practicing clinical professionals enhance their depth of knowledge and ability to prepare for leadership positions in all sectors of health care.

Clinical Microbiology (M.S.H.S.)

This online program provides students with clinical microbiology and laboratory science coursework as well as a hands-on microbiology practicum that prepares students for positions in diagnostic microbiology laboratories and provides eligibility for national certification examinations in clinical microbiology. The program also includes additional graduate coursework to prepare students for careers in research institutions, public health laboratories, biotechnology firms, pharmaceutical companies, or governmental agencies.

Clinical Research Administration (Graduate Certificate, M.S.H.S.)

Focused on a vast and expanding field that involves the processes in which products (drugs, devices, biologicals) and treatment protocols are developed for patient care, the rigorous curriculum focuses on regulatory requirements, ethical issues, processes for product development, the business of clinical research, and scientific method processes. Offered online, the program provides a convenient option for health science professionals and nurses to prepare for professional advancement while maintaining their work and other commitments.

Clinical Research Practice (Graduate Certificate)

The graduate certificate in clinical research practice capitalizes on the foundational courses of clinical research, health informatics, epidemiology, and biostatistics to prepare the graduate with the requisite knowledge and skills to conduct clinical research in collaboration with sponsored research programs.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.)

An alternative to research-focused doctoral programs, the D.N.P. advances professional nursing roles in clinical practice and nursing leadership and management. Students enter at either the postbaccalaureate or post-graduate level and complete coursework designed to increase clinical competency, refine critical thinking skills, and develop stronger decision-making and evaluative abilities. A clinical research project immerses students in a practice environment and lays the foundation for future scholarship and success. The program utilizes a distance-education format, with selected on-campus experiences.

Emergency Medical Services Leadership (M.S.H.S.)

This program is designed to provide advanced management education in an environment that encourages students to extend their leadership capabilities. The MSHS in EMSL degree is the first degree in the nation to provide an opportunity for students to gain broad managerial and leadership skills with a specialized expertise in emergency medical services.  The program is focused on developing a range of leadership competencies with a focused application in strategic EMS systems management, leadership in organizations including theory, research and practice, economics, finance & educational theory pertinent to teaching and curriculum development.

Executive Leadership (D.N.P.)

Utilizing a distance education format with selected on-campus experiences, the D.N.P. in executive leadership provides executive or director-level nurses an opportunity to advance their professional knowledge and assume higher-level leadership positions within their organizations.

Family Nurse Practitioner (Post-Master’s Certificate, M.S.N)

The post-master’s certificate and M.S.N. in family nurse practitioner prepares registered nurses to deliver high-quality primary care to families and individuals of all ages. Students can pursue the program either full-time or part-time, blending online didactic learning experiences with visits to campus a few times during the course of the program to validate skills and consult with faculty. Simultaneous clinical experiences ensure that students meet all criteria to sit for the family nurse practitioner certification examination.

Family Specialty for Nurse Practitioners (Post-Master’s Certificate, D.N.P.)

this part-time DNP option enables you to learn and practice in your own community while pursuing a rigorous curriculum focused on high-quality and person-centered primary care, health care policy, integrating research into practice, and nursing leadership.

Health Care Quality (Graduate Certificate, M.S.H.S.)

Developed to meet an emerging demand for quality and patient safety specialists, these online programs prepare students to lead the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of health care quality and patient safety initiatives. Students gain the skills and knowledge necessary to be successful in quality and patient safety leadership, management, and research positions within health care organizations or policy agencies, with a goal toward sustaining a culture of continuous improvement throughout the health care delivery system.

Health Sciences (Graduate Certificate)

Developed to meet an emerging demand for quality and patient safety specialists, these online programs prepare students to lead the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of health care quality and patient safety initiatives. Students gain the skills and knowledge necessary to be successful in quality and patient safety leadership, management, and research positions within health care organizations or policy agencies, with a goal toward sustaining a culture of continuous improvement throughout the health care delivery system.

Immunohematology & Biotechnology (M.S.H.S.)

The online program prepares graduates with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills for transfusion medicine research positions within hospital labs or blood centers or to become supervisors or managers in a blood banking laboratory. Over the years, there have been significant advances in biotechnologies. Although conventional lab methods are still utilized in the clinical laboratory, more labs are starting to integrate molecular-based tests and to replace some of the more traditional technologies with cutting edge methods. The program has been designed to provide certified blood bankers with a strong foundation in immunohematology as well as molecular biology and biotechnology.

Integrative Medicine (Graduate Certificate, M.S.H.S.)

Integrative medicine reflects a health care shift toward integrative and personalized medicine that focuses on the whole person. It is informed by evidence and makes use of all appropriate therapeutic approaches, health care professionals, and disciplines to achieve optimal health and healing. Developed in collaboration with the Metabolic Medical Institute, Inc. (MMI), the graduate certificate provides a unique opportunity for health care professionals to enhance their understanding of the importance of blending technologic advances in medicine with an individualized touch, and balancing treating disease with wellness care.

Medical Laboratory Science (M.S.H.S.)

The M.S.H.S. equips certified laboratory scientists with the knowledge and skills to assume leadership positions in the laboratory, as managers, educators, clinicians, or researchers. The innovative online curriculum includes a combination of courses focused on leadership, research, teaching and assessment strategies, ethics, and health policy. Coursework is designed to provide students with a deeper understanding of the technologies and techniques upon which modern medical laboratory diagnostics are based, along with insights on new trends and emerging technologies in laboratory science.

Medicine (M.D.)

GW’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences trains the physicians of tomorrow in the heart of the nation’s capital. Founded in 1824, GW’s medical school is the 11th oldest in the country, and has long been at the forefront of progressive medical education. GW is dedicated to furthering human well-being and values a dynamic, student-focused community stimulated by cultural and intellectual diversity. GW’s M.D. program stresses education through cooperation and collaboration, rather than competition. The curriculum prepares well-trained physicians to complete residencies in primary care or specialized concentrations.

Molecular Diagnostic Science (M.S.H.S.)

Coursework prepares graduates for careers in clinical or public health departments, research institutions, law enforcement agencies, molecular sections of hospital laboratories, reference laboratories, biotechnology firms, and pharmaceutical companies. The flexible curriculum allows students to complete the program either full-time or part-time and can include a practicum to provide practical experience for individuals with no previous clinical molecular diagnostic experience.

Nurse Midwifery (M.S.N.)

Graduates of this program receive both an M.S.N. in nurse midwifery from GW and a Certificate of Endorsement from Shenandoah University. Blending online didactic learning experiences with visits to campus a few times during the course of the program, core M.S.N. courses are completed through GW. The nurse-midwifery didactic and clinical components of the curriculum are fulfilled through Shenandoah University’s nurse-midwifery program, which is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education. The program prepares graduates as certified nurse-midwives who are eligible to sit for the American Midwifery Certification Board’s national certification exam.

Nursing Advancement (M.S.N.)

Our goal is to provide students with a high level of nursing expertise, as well as enhance their professional leadership skills. Our versatile distance-based programs offer the high-quality education people expect from GW, while maintaining the flexibility and convenience of online learning. These programs provide students from around the world with virtual access to the resources and experts at GW, as well as the chance to apply this knowledge directly in their current careers. The program stresses the integration of research and nursing practice with a strong emphasis on solving real-world problems. We promote strong leadership skills in our graduates.

Nursing Education (Post-Master’s Certificate, D.N.P. concentration)

The nursing education program develops the teaching-related skills of master’s and doctorally prepared nurse educators who are, or will be, engaged in educating and training professional nurses in care delivery settings, including classrooms, clinics, simulation sites, laboratories, and other learning environments. This program blends online didactic learning experiences with visits to campus a few times during the course of the program. Graduates are prepared to assess learning needs and design, develop, implement, and evaluate educational interventions for diverse groups of learners in academic and clinical settings.

Nursing Leadership & Management (M.S.N.)

Designed to enhance and develop the depth of practicing clinical professionals’ management and leadership skills, the nursing leadership and management program prepares nurses for leadership positions in all sectors of the healthcare delivery system. The curriculum, delivered through distance education and selected on-campus experiences, focuses on leadership development and includes content in economics and finance, human resources, quality improvement, and marketing.

Occupational Therapy (O.T.D.)

Designed to address the advanced practice needs of occupational therapy professionals who are interested in interdisciplinary care of post-acute conditions, the GW occupational therapy doctorate trains OT clinician-scholars to collaborate across the translational spectrum to integrate information from bench to bedside, and then on to influence policy.

Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner (Post-Master’s Certificate, D.N.P.)

Through the post-master’s certificate and the D.N.P., nurse practitioners are prepared to provide high quality palliative care for individuals facing serious, life-threatening illnesses and their families and significant others. All coursework is offered online and may be completed within 15 months, with the option of either visiting campus during the initial course or participating in a webbased seminar. Simultaneous clinical experiences provide practice that can be applied toward requirements for the national palliative care nurse practitioner credentialing exam.

Physical Therapy (D.P.T.)

This 33-month, full-time Doctor of Physical Therapy program is committed to developing generalist practitioners who have the knowledge and skills needed to examine, evaluate, diagnose, prognose, and develop and implement a plan of care for patients with cardiopulmonary, musculoskeletal, neuromotor, and integumentary dysfunction across the lifespan. The curriculum is built on the overarching principles of integration and application, using standardized patients and simulation experiences, along with 34 weeks of full-time clinical experiences. Internships are located regionally, nationally, and internationally, providing depth and breadth to each student’s unique educational experience.

Physician Assistant (M.S.H.S.)

This 24-month, full-time program includes coursework in basic and behavioral sciences, clinical medicine, and pre-clinical skills, as well as clinical rotations in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings. The curriculum also includes an innovative and nationally recognized community service component. A 36-month joint M.S.H.S./M.P.H. program provides students with the opportunity to expand their knowledge with training in public health.

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Post Master's Certificate)

This program focuses on educating safe and competent Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners (PMHNPs) — also referred to as Psychiatric Mental Health Advanced Practice RN (PMH APRN) — who are prepared to diagnose and treat psychiatric conditions, such as addiction. Our program stresses behavioral health care across the life span that is built on evidence-based practice and systems orientation. Per the American Psychiatric Nurses Association: "PMH APRNs are educated in a holistic model of psychiatric and mental health care. Students learn to diagnose and treat simple and complex psychiatric and mental health problems form adjustment disorder to serious mental illness such as schizophrenia, bipolar illness, major depression and anxiety disorders."

Regulatory Affairs (Graduate Certificate, M.S.H.S.)

Developed in collaboration with regulatory affairs professionals from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and industry, the online coursework covers regulatory affairs, science and strategy, drug and device development, scientific interpretation of product experience, and outcomes for practice and safety guidance and regulations.

Translational Health Sciences (Ph.D.)

The Ph.D. in translational health sciences program prepares students with the knowledge and skills needed to facilitate and lead innovation in health care. Throughout the program, students will enhance their capacity to generate and teach evidence-based innovation in health care and create empirical, effective, and novel health care processes, procedures, and systems. The program combines online coursework with on-campus facilitated learning, with students gathering at GW’s Virginia Science and Technology Campus two weekends each semester to engage with colleagues, faculty, advisors, mentors, and content experts. This low-residency approach results in a dynamic, self-directed, yet facilitated, experience for students to flexibly and conveniently pursue professional advancement.

Translational Microbiology (M.S.H.S.)

By combining coursework in microbiology and management, as well as applied internships, students are provided with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills for careers in clinical or public microbiology laboratories, infectious disease research laboratories, academic health centers, biotechnology firms, and pharmaceutical companies.