Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The online registered nurse (RN) to bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree program is available to students with an associate's degree who are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination–Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN). Students enter the program with up to 84 credits in advanced standing, allowing them to progress quickly through the BSN program while continuing to work as professional nurses.

Students must become licensed as a registered nurse within the first semester of matriculation in the program. Students earn 15 graduate credits as part of the program, up to 9 of which may be applied toward the master of science in nursing (MSN) program or the BSN to doctor of nursing practice (DNP) program within five years of the BSN being conferred.

Specific admission requirements are shown on the Graduate Program Finder.

Visit the GW Nursing website for additional information.

General Education and Advanced Standing

3 credits in ethics
8 credits in human anatomy and physiology
3 credits in microbiology
3 credits in nutrition
3 credits in statistics
3 credits in English composition
12 credits in humanities/social sciences
3 credits in mathematics
12 credits in natural sciences

The following requirements must be fulfilled by all students in the registered nurse to bachelor of science in nursing program: 36 credits, including 33 credits in required courses (including 15 credits awarded for portfolio review) and one 3-credit elective course.

​The following requirements apply to students who matriculated prior to fall 2018:

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 36 credits, including 33 credits in required courses, 15 of which are awarded for portfolio review, and one 3-credit elective course.

​The following requirements apply to students who matriculated prior to fall 2018:

General education and advanced standing
3 credits in ethics
8 credits in human anatomy and physiology
3 credits in microbiology
3 credits in nutrition
3 credits in statistics
3 credits in English composition
12 credits in humanities/social sciences
3 credits in mathematics
12 credits in natural sciences
Required
NURS 4119Patient Safety and Health Care Quality
NURS 4121Nursing Advancement Portfolio *
NURS 4417Community and Public Health Nursing
NURS 6202Concepts in Population Health **
NURS 6203Nursing Leadership **
NURS 6205Health Policy, Quality, and Political Process **
NURS 6207Evidence-Based Practice for Health Care Researchers **
Elective *
One of the following: **
NURS 6204Health Information and Technology
or NURS 6233 Genetics for Health Care Providers
or NURS 6262 Leadership Coaching in Nursing
or NURS 6274 Health Economics and Finance
or NURS 6290 Global Health for Health Care Professionals
or NURS 6292 Teaching with Technology in the Health Professions

*May be applied to the master of science in nursing and BSN to DNP program options (up to 9 credits within 5 years of graduation).

The following requirements apply to students who matriculated fall 2018 or after:

NURS 4119Patient Safety and Health Care Quality
NURS 4121Nursing Advancement Portfolio *
NURS 4417Community and Public Health Nursing
NURS 6202Concepts in Population Health **
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 of the following: **
NURS 6204Health Information and Technology
or NURS 6233 Genetics for Health Care Providers
or NURS 6262 Leadership Coaching in Nursing
or NURS 6274 Health Economics and Finance
or NURS 6290 Global Health for Health Care Professionals
or NURS 6292 Teaching with Technology in the Health Professions

*Assumes that review of a student’s professional portfolio results in the awarding of 15 credits.

**May be applied to the master of science in nursing and BSN to DNP program options (up to 9 credits within 5 years of graduation).