The Catholic University of America

  Information about the School of Nursing

Welcome to the School of Nursing. Established in 1935, our academic programs have long provided outstanding nursing education that clearly emphasizes the role of ethics, values and spirituality in health care.

The School of Nursing offers undergraduate, graduate master's and DNP and PhD programs. Students in CUA's nursing programs gain clinical experience in 100 of the Washington Metropolitan area's premier health care facilities often with alumni preceptors. Our research-intensive doctoral program is located within easy access of premier research and health facilities, including the National Institutes of Health and the Institute of Medicine.

Our academic programs consistently receive national recognition for excellence attesting to the strength of our programs and faculty. Our alumni hold prominent positions in nursing practice, education and research and have made significant contributions to national and international healthcare.

The MSN, DNP and PhD programs are also offered online.

Dean's Welcome


Goals and Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes

Goals and Philosophy of the School of Nursing

History of the School of Nursing

Mission of the School of Nursing

75th Anniversary Website

School of Nursing Important Facts

1932 - First Nursing Education Courses Offered

1935 - School of Nursing Created 

1951 - Master of Nursing Science Offered

1968 - Doctor of Nursing Science Offered

2006 - First Doctor of Philosophy degrees (converted from Doctor of Nursing Science) degrees awarded


Sister Olivia Gowan, First Dean of the School of Nursing