Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Through the school’s accelerated bachelor of science in nursing (ABSN) program, students who already have a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field can pursue professional nursing. The Veterans BSN (VBSN) program is an option for military veterans seeking to capitalize on their military training and experience, for which they are eligible to receive academic credit. These 15-month, full-time programs draw upon students’ previous knowledge from the natural and behavioral sciences, the humanities, and nursing theory to critically analyze and synthesize responses to health problems and provide appropriate nursing interventions. Taught to practice in a multicultural world, students learn to use the nursing process to support and promote health in diverse individuals, families, groups, and communities.

Graduates of the ABSN and VBSN degree programs are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and practical experience needed to enter the nursing profession with high ethical, legal, and professional values. What’s more, upon completion, students will have earned 12 graduate credits, with at least 9 graduate credits eligible to be applied  to any of GW’s master of science in nursing (MSN) degree programs within five years.

Housed at GW’s Virginia Science and Technology Campus, the programs offer the unique opportunity to put theory into practice through the school’s Skills and Simulation Laboratory, a sophisticated and innovative learning environment in which students gain hands-on experience even before entering a clinical facility.

As the curriculum advances, students are placed in clinical rotations in top-rated facilities in the greater Washington, DC, area, including Northern Virginia. This gives students highly valued exposure to medical and surgical nursing, obstetrics, pediatrics, psychiatric nursing, and community health. The combination of learning in a traditional classroom setting, in a premier simulation lab, through online courses, and in myriad clinical environments makes GW’s ABSN and VBSN programs exceptional choices for aspiring nurses.


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.

NURS 3110Transition into the Nursing Profession
NURS 3111Foundations of Health Assessment
NURS 3112Adult and Aging Acute and Chronic Illness
NURS 3113Adult Medical-Surgical 1 Lab
NURS 3114Advanced Adult Medical-Surgical Nursing
NURS 3115Adult Medical-Surgical 2 Lab
NURS 3116Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing
NURS 3117Maternity and Women’s Health Care
NURS 3118Pharmacology I
NURS 3119Pathophysiology
NURS 4116Children and Families
NURS 4117Epidemiology and Community Health
NURS 4118Pharmacology II
NURS 4119Patient Safety and Health Care Quality
NURS 4120Capstone: Transition to Practice
NURS 6203Nursing Leadership *
NURS 6204Health Information and Technology *
NURS 6205Health Policy, Quality, and Political Process *
NURS 6207Evidence-Based Practice for Health Care Researchers *

*May be applied to the Master of Science in Nursing programs at The George Washington University.