Washington DC provides several opportunities to study nursing within its borders, and even more opportunities within the surrounding area. Howard University offers a four-year undergraduate BSN and an advanced placement track over 22 months for the BSN. They also offer RN-to-BSN and LPN-to-BSN programs. Another opportunity to study nursing is provided by the Catholic University of America, where students can earn a BSN, MSN with four specialties, a CNS in five specialties and a DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice) or PhD with a focus on clinical environments. Georgetown University also provides students with graduate and undergraduate options. They also provide a “Project RN Scholarship” in collaboration with Blue Cross Blue Shield, where fully-funded scholarship opportunities are available for applicants who want to pursue the goal of becoming nurse faculty. These are just a few of the many educational opportunities offered through educational institutions located in the District of Columbia.
Statewide, the average salaries for LPN, RN and specialty nurses range between $18,000 and $96,000 annually, depending upon degree earned, years in the field, expertise and size of the health facility. Some of the largest employers in DC include the American Physical Therapy Association, Sunrise Senior Living — an organization that provides senior living services to more than 53,000 residents, and Children’s National Medical Center. Other health facilities in the nation’s capital include Georgetown University’s learning and work opportunities through two hospitals and medical care centers. Howard University also provides a learning and work environment in their hospital. Other hospitals include National Rehabilitation Hospital, Providence Hospital, The Psychiatric Institute of Washington, Sibley Memorial, Walter Reed Army Medical Center and more. The nursing employment opportunities in this district are as numerous as any state in the nation.