Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing

A combination of an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN), coursework, and courses taken as part of GW’s University General Education Requirement allows currently licensed registered nurses (RN) with an associate’s degree to complete a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) over three semesters and one summer session. Students attend part time, which allows them to continue working as professional nurses. The BSN curriculum is completed through online learning.  Upon completion of the program some credits earned may be applied toward a GW master of science in nursing degree.

Visit the Visit the RN to BSN website for additional information.

Guaranteed Admissions Agreements

GW School of Nursing is pleased to provide guaranteed admission to students who have earned an associate’s degree with a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 from accredited nursing programs at community colleges in the Virginia Community College System, Montgomery College, and Carroll Community College who meet GW’s academic requirements.

Visit the RN to BSN 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:

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
One course from the following:
NURS 6204Health Information and Technology
NURS 6233Genetics for Health Care Providers
NURS 6262Leadership Coaching in Nursing
NURS 6274Health Economics and Finance
NURS 6290Global Health for Health Care Professionals

* Depending on the results of the portfolio review in NURS 4121 Nursing Advancement Portfolio, students may be eligible for an additional 15 credits in advanced standing.