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Online Degrees in Nursing and Social Work

Combine faith and reason at an accredited university recognized by U.S. News & World Report.

Founded in 1887 as a center for graduate study, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC is the only higher education institution founded by the U.S. Catholic bishops. Our online programs in nursing and social work focus on the skills required to apply research to practice for improved health care delivery and social change. When you pursue one of the four online degree programs at The Catholic University of America, you will benefit from the same high standards of the on-campus programs.

97% of the full-time faculty have doctoral or terminal degrees in their fields.

Online Degree Programs
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Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

This CCNE-accredited online master’s in nursing program with a family nurse practitioner track prepares you for a fulfilling career in the increasingly critical role of providing primary care across the lifespan. After completing 44 nurse practitioner program credit hours (transfer up to six credits into this nursing online program) of didactic content and clinical experiences, you’ll be eligible to sit for the national Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) exams administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP). Successful completion of these exams make you eligible for licensure as an FNP.


Career Information: Employment of medical and health services managers is projected to grow 23 percent, with a median annual wage of $88,580 annually.


U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2012 to 2022)

Doctor in Nursing Practice (DNP)

Designed for an Advanced Nurse Practitioner, the CCNE-accredited online DNP program prepares you to take a vital step toward higher-level jobs, and gives you the ability to improve health care delivery. The 34-credit program covers emerging issues in health, evidence-based care and gives you the leadership skills needed to assess the clinical-oriented practice and outcomes of an organization. You may be able to transfer up to six hours of nursing practitioner credit toward master’s-level courses.

Ph.D. in Nursing (PhDN)

The online Ph.D. in Nursing is a 70-credit hour research-intensive program that focuses on the clinical aspects of nursing. During this nursing Ph.D. program, you’ll develop the skills to function at the highest levels of research, practice and education. You’ll be exposed to live situations and clinical practice during the comprehensive coursework. The program allows you to self-select your research dissertation according to your professional interests. You can transfer in 24 credit hours toward master’s-level courses after successfully passing comprehensive exams.

Master of Social Work (MSW)

When you pursue this masters in social work online, you’ll gain the knowledge and skills to take the Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW) exam, and practice with the desired certifications and credentials to facilitate social change for individuals, families, couples and groups. The MSW program’s online coursework pairs theory with written assignments and readies you for real-world assessment techniques and diagnoses. This values-driven social work masters degree provides an advanced curriculum with a Clinical Concentration, which includes an additional ten clinical courses completed in the classroom and the field.


Career Information: Employment of social workers is expected to increase 19%, with a median annual wage of $44,200, while social and community service management careers are project to grow 21 percent, earning a median annual wage of $59,970.


U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2012 to 2022)

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Why The Catholic University of America

  • Promotes professional development and accommodates busy schedules
  • Supportive and friendly learning environment
  • Personal attention from dedicated faculty members
  • Caring advisers committed to nurturing professional and personal success
  • Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education
  • MSN and DNP accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

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