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School of Nursing: Celebrating Nurses

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George Mason University’s School of Nursing 40th Anniversary Celebration was held October 10-11, 2014 at the George Mason University Fairfax Campus in Fairfax, Virginia. Read more.

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Doctor of Nursing Practice, DNP

About the Program

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree is nursing's highest professional practice degree. George Mason University School of Nursing offers an innovative DNP program including post - baccalaureate (BSN to DNP) and post - masters (MSN to DNP) options. The DNP program provides an opportunity for nurses to become experts as nurse practitioners and nurse administrators. Emphasis is placed on evaluating and applying the evidence that supports practice, understanding and creating practice delivery systems based on patient outcomes, and assuming leadership roles in practice settings. 

Classes are offered in a variety of ways: executive format on the Prince William or Fairfax campuses, on-line core courses, and advanced clinical expertise development in traditional format at Prince William or Fairfax campuses. Our executive format includes 12-hours of front-loaded class work on-campus, followed by once-a-month on-campus classes, with the rest of the course materials offered on-line.  The complete DNP curriculum and course descriptions may be found in the online university catalog.

Students may draw on the expertise from throughout the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) in such areas as health economics, health policy, and epidemiology. Graduates of the program will be able to assume many roles in the health care system, including direct patient care, clinical nursing faculty, practice management, and policy development.


  • Advanced Clinical Nursing
  • Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Nursing Administration

University, College, and School Mission Statements

Mission statements for George Mason University, the College of Health and Human Services, and the School of Nursing are available on our Mission Statements page.

DNP Program Mission Statement

The mission of the program is to prepare DNP graduates to assume leadership roles in clinical practice and nursing administration.

DNP Program Goals Statement

The goal of the program is for DNP graduates to have the highest level of preparation in specialty nursing practice. They will have the skills to increase practice innovation and improve health care.


CCNE AccreditedThe Doctor of Nursing Practice program at George Mason University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791.

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