On Tuesday Georgetown University announced that it would soon be offering its master’s degree in nursing online. According to the press release:

Julie DeLoia, the school’s interim dean, says Georgetown’s academic rigor and values-based approach prepare nurses to become leaders, critical thinkers and compassionate practitioners.

“Our new online initiative will allow us to extend our mission and magnify our impact on health and health care across the nation, particularly in rural and underserved areas,” she said.

Yes, it will also allow Georgetown to save a ton of money. It’s not yet clear if the online program will be cheaper than the current, physical, one, though it will certainly be rather inexpensive for the school to teach and administer.

The school will offer the regular, books and lectures, courses online. Students will take clinical classes “in or close to their home community.”

I might be missing something here but this sounds incredibly risky. If anything I would think that Georgetown’s nursing curriculum would be its graduate program that most requires hands-on interaction under the supervision of actual Georgetown faculty.

The program was designed by 2tor, the technology company that has also helped create some online master’s programs at the University of Southern California and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Daniel Luzer

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