School of Nursing and MedStar Health partner to develop health workforce


Future Nurse Program provides financial assistance for Accelerated Second Degree Bachelor of Science Nursing students


Fairfax City, VA - George Mason University’s School of Nursing, in the College of Public Health, and MedStar Washington Hospital Center have established the Future Nurse Program to prepare nurses for clinical practice and to address critical nursing workforce shortages in the region.

MedStar Health will cover in-state tuition for Mason Accelerated Second Degree Bachelor of Science Nursing (ABSN) students accepted into the Future Nurse Program for students who agree to work for three years as a full-time licensed registered nurse at MedStar Washington Hospital Center after graduation.

“This partnership with MedStar Washington Hospital Center will help bolster the nursing workforce in our area, which in turn will support the health and well-being of our local communities. The program makes becoming a Mason nurse more accessible to more people and will allow students to learn critical care skills in the environment they will work,” said Cheryl Oetjen, Interim Chair of the School of Nursing.

Students will complete the required academic coursework at Mason and complete most of their clinical coursework at MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

“Mason Nurses are extraordinary. Not only are they prepared with the required technical skills, Mason nurses are kind, caring, and able to adapt to ever-changing situations. We are thrilled to partner with Mason and their ABSN students to develop and train future nurses who can make a difference in our patients' lives and improve our community,” said Catherine Reisenberg, Ph.D., FNP-BC, Director of Academic Practice Partnerships at MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

The three-year agreement between the School of Nursing and MedStar Health began in Fall 2022.

Mason’s Mason Accelerated Second Degree Bachelor of Science Nursing program is a 12-month, full-time, pre-licensure program for applicants who have earned a bachelor’s degree prior to the start of the program. The program provides successful applicants an opportunity to experience nursing in a variety of clinical settings throughout the National Capitol area. Learn more here.


For more information about the Mason School of Nursing and MedStar Washington Hospital Center, contact Jennifer Sawyer at  

About Mason

George Mason University, Virginia’s largest public research university, enrolls 39,000 students from 130 countries and all 50 states. Located near Washington, D.C., Mason has grown rapidly over the last half-century and is recognized for its innovation and entrepreneurship, remarkable diversity, and commitment to accessibility. In 2022, Mason celebrates 50 years as an independent institution. Learn more at

About the College of Public Health

The College of Public Health at George Mason University is the first and only College of Public Health in Virginia combining public health transdisciplinary research, education, and practice in the Commonwealth as a national exemplar. The College enrolls more than 1,900 undergraduate and 1,300 graduate students in our nationally recognized programs, including six undergraduate degrees, eight master’s degrees, five doctoral degrees, and six professional certificate programs. The College is comprised of the School of Nursing and the Departments of Global and Community Health, Health Administration and Policy, Nutrition and Food Studies, and Social Work.

About MedStar Health and MedStar Washington Hospital Center

At MedStar Health, we use the best of our minds and the best of our hearts to serve our patients, those who care for them, and our communities. Our 30,000 associates and 4,700 affiliated physicians are committed to living this promise through our core SPIRIT values—Service, Patient first, Integrity, Respect, Innovation, and Teamwork—across our more than 300 locations including 10 hospitals, ambulatory, and urgent care centers. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University, MedStar Health is training future physician leaders to care for the whole person and is advancing care through the MedStar Health Research Institute. From our telemedicine and urgent care services to the region’s largest home health agency, we’re committed to providing high-quality health care that’s also easy and convenient for our patients. At MedStar Health—It’s how we treat people. Learn more at

MedStar Washington Hospital Center is a not-for-profit, 912-bed, teaching and research hospital in the nation’s capital, and is a major referral center for treating the region’s most complex cases. Its cardiology program is highly acclaimed, and its cardiac surgery program has consistently earned the highest national rating–three stars–from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. MedStar Washington Hospital Center operates the region’s first Comprehensive Stroke Center and the District’s only Cardiac Ventricular Assist Device program, both certified by The Joint Commission. The hospital is also home to MedSTAR, a nationally verified level I trauma center with a state-of-the-art fleet of helicopters and ambulances and operates the region’s only adult Burn Center. Learn more at



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