Nursing Education at GWU began in 1965 with the establishment of the Associate Degree Nursing program under the direction of Mrs. Grace C. Lee, who became the first program director. The GWU Nursing Department became the School of Nursing in 1995 with Dr. Shirley Toney serving as the first Dean.
The School of Nursing currently houses four nursing degree programs. In 1982 the RN to BSN Completion program was established. The program was named the Davis Nursing Program in 1995 after becoming affiliated with the Davis Hospital Foundation. A Master of Science in Nursing degree with tracks in Nursing Education and Nursing Administration was established in 2000 with the addition of the Family Nurse Practitioner track in 2013. In 2010 the Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs were added. An Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree option is scheduled to begin in Summer 2017.
In 2014, Dr. Jack and Mrs. Ruby Hunt, noted public servants and community supporters, established the Hunt School of Nursing.