Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) is a 15-month, full-time program that provides students with the knowledge, skills, and practical experience needed to enter the nursing profession. The School of Nursing offers several program options for students to obtain a BSN through study at GW’s Virginia Science and Technology Campus. The accelerated bachelor of science in nursing (ABSN) option is for those who already have earned a bachelor's degree in another field and wish to pursue a career in nursing. The veterans bachelor of science in nursing (VBSN) option is for military veterans and active duty military personnel seeking to capitalize on their military training and experience, for which they are eligible to receive academic credit. Graduates of the BSN degree program may apply to the BSN to doctor of nursing science (DNP) program and are eligible to have 12 graduate credits applied to the degree within five years of completing the BSN.

Visit the program website for additional information.

GW's BSN degree is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

The followed requirements must be fulfilled: 60 credits including the required curriculum and at least 700 clinical hours; clinical hours are a component of some required courses.

General Education and Advanced Standing

  • 3 credits Ethics
  • 8 credits Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • 3 credits Microbiology
  • 3 credits Nutrition
  • 3 credits Statistics
  • 3 credits English Composition
  • 12 credits Humanities/Social Sciences
  • 3 credits Mathematics
  • 12 credits Natural Sciences

Students must complete 60 credits of coursework, including core requirements and electives, in addition to the required curriculum and at least 700 clinical hours.

The following requirements are applicable to students who matriculated prior to fall 2018:

Required
NURS 3110WTransition into the Nursing Profession
NURS 3111Health Assessment
NURS 3112Nursing Practice and Clinical Reasoning I: Adult and Aging Acute and Chronic Illness
NURS 3113Clinical and Nursing Skills Lab: Adult Medical-Surgical I
NURS 3114Nursing Practice and Clinical Reasoning II: Advanced Adult Medical-Surgical
NURS 3115Clinical and Nursing Skills Lab: Adult Medical-Surgical II
NURS 3116Nursing Practice and Clinical Reasoning III: Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing
NURS 3117Nursing Practice and Clinical Reasoning IV: Maternity and Women's Health Care
NURS 3118Pharmacology I
NURS 3119Pathophysiology
NURS 4116Children and Families
NURS 4117Nursing Practice and Clinical Reasoning V: Community and Public Health Nursing
NURS 4118Pharmacology II
NURS 4119Patient Safety and Health Care Quality
NURS 4120Capstone: Transition to Practice
NURS 6203Nursing Leadership *
NURS 6205Health Policy, Quality, and Political Process *
NURS 6207Evidence-Based Practice for Health Care Researchers *
Elective
One elective course selected from the following:
NURS 4109Introduction to Perioperative Nursing
or NURS 6290 Global Health for Health Care Professionals
or NURS 6204 Health Information and Technology
or NURS 6215 Pediatric Adversity and Early Childhood Development and Health

*May be applied toward GW's master of science in nursing program requirements.

The following requirements are applicable to students who matriculated in fall 2018 or after:

Required
NURS 3110WTransition into the Nursing Profession
NURS 3111Health Assessment
NURS 3112Nursing Practice and Clinical Reasoning I: Adult and Aging Acute and Chronic Illness
NURS 3114Nursing Practice and Clinical Reasoning II: Advanced Adult Medical-Surgical
NURS 3115Clinical and Nursing Skills Lab: Adult Medical-Surgical II
NURS 3116Nursing Practice and Clinical Reasoning III: Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing
NURS 3117Nursing Practice and Clinical Reasoning IV: Maternity and Women's Health Care
NURS 3118Pharmacology I
NURS 3119Pathophysiology
NURS 3213Adult Medical-Surgical Lab I
NURS 4116Children and Families
NURS 4118Pharmacology II
NURS 4119Patient Safety and Health Care Quality
NURS 4122Capstone: Transition Into Professional Practice
NURS 4123Senior Practicum: Transition Into Clinical Practice
NURS 4217Community and Public Health Nursing
NURS 6203Nursing Leadership *
NURS 6205Health Policy, Quality, and Political Process *
NURS 6207Evidence-Based Practice for Health Care Researchers *
or NURS 4207 Principles of Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice
Elective
One elective course selected from the following:
NURS 4109Introduction to Perioperative Nursing
or NURS 6204 Health Information and Technology
or NURS 6290 Global Health for Health Care Professionals
or NURS 6215 Pediatric Adversity and Early Childhood Development and Health

*May be applied toward GW's master of science in nursing program requirements.