Graduate Nursing Program


Welcome to the Graduate Nursing Program at the Mecca. The Graduate Nursing program offers a rigorous curriculum at the Master’s and Doctoral levels. Whether you are interested in our MSN as a Family Nurse Practitioner or Nurse Educator or our DNP with a generic or mental health focus, we are prepared to get you there. We offer our MSN and DNP online with full-time and part-time schemes.



U.S. News and World Report Ranking

Our MSN program received a ranking of #46 in U.S. News and World Report’s 2021 “Best Graduate Schools”Best Grad Schools

$2 Million Gift Donated to HU College of Nursing & Allied Health Sciences

September 2022

Philanthropists Joanne and William Conway through their Bedford Fall Foundation Charitable Trust have generously donated $2 million dollars to the College’s Nursing Department to expand multiple programs in the department. Howard is the only HBCU to have received funding from the foundation.

Joanne and William Conway Nursing Scholarship Press Release




Devora Renee Winkfield

Director of Graduate Nursing


Nkechi Enwerem

Associate Professor


Priscilla Onuabuchi Okunji

Associate Professor


Caron Strong

Assistant Professor




Are all the courses online?

We offer an online program with classes in asynchronous and synchronous formats. Clinical preceptorship is onsite in a clinical setting.

Does the department provide and assign preceptors for clinical rotations?

We have a short list of preceptorships in the DC metropolitan area. We encourage students to seek preceptorship within their prospective states. Preceptorship placement agencies such as NP Hub are also helpful.

How many clinical hours are needed per semester in the MSN program? How many clinical hours are needed for the DNP?

The MSN program's clinical hours are 720. This varies depending on the course(s) offered each semester, though it may range from 90-180 hours.

The DNP program’s clinical hours are 1000. Verified clinical hours from your master’s program can be transferred to the DNP.

Am I able to transfer any courses from my current or previous nursing program?

Courses cannot be transferred from undergraduate programs. Graduate education requires more rigor and different content from undergraduate. Non-clinical courses can be transferred if done at the graduate level. Providing a transcript and course description is required to transfer any non-clinical course. We do not accept clinical courses from other nurse practitioner programs. The rigor of courses can vary with institutions, to maintain excellence and student success, we prefer our students take all clinical courses at Howard. The number of transfer credits is individualized based on the course, course syllabi, and description.

The admissions requirements state I need recommendations to be completed by at least one member of academia AND one clinical supervisor, who should I seek out if I am unable to locate a member of academia?

It is important for us to evaluate your performance as a student as well as an RN or Advanced Practice Registered Nurse. An academic reference can be secured from any tertiary educational institution for the MSN. For the DNP, a reference from your master’s program is best.

Graduate Nursing Photos

Gabriel Stanoiu MSN, FNP-C

Mr. Stanoiu’s (Class of 2018) testimonial about the Nursing Graduate Program at Howard University College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences.

Modest Ndangoh DNP, APRN, FNP-BC

Dr. Ndanoh’s (Class of 2017) testimonial about the Nursing Graduate Program at Howard University College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences.

Verification of Attendance Inquiries

Verification of Attendance Inquiries can be made to Dr. Caron Strong at and Ms. Ayushi Singh at Kindly allow 7 business days for processing requests. It is important to provide forms, recipient information, instructions, and attendance details with your email.