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.
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.
Online Clinical Master of Social Work (MSW)
This CSWE-accredited clinical Master of Social Work program paves your path to clinical practice and gives you the advanced knowledge and experience you need to fill professional roles that reach more people at a deeper level. Graduates are prepared to handle all aspects of clinical practice for individuals, families, couples and groups while understanding policy and social services, community development, and administration. If you qualify for the Advanced Standing option, you’ll shorten the length of time it takes to obtain your degree and focus only on the advanced curriculum.
When you attend the online MSW program at The Catholic University of America’s (CUA) National Catholic School of Social Service, you’ll be prepared to pass your Licensed Graduate Social Work exam, the first step toward clinical social work licensure. You’ll connect personally with faculty mentors who guide you in this path of service and expand your professional network of support while learning alongside peers who hold similar values and come from a variety of educational and professional backgrounds.
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