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George Washington University

Degrees RN to BSN
George Washington University


To Learn more about the program and apply to GWU Click Here.
(Do NOT actually apply to GWU until you have been approved to participate in the BHMT RN to BSN program.)


GW Nursing, Office of Admissions
Phone: 571-553-0138


School Overview
Building on your associate degree coursework and specific requirements for general education courses, our RN-BSN option requires 21 credits of coursework and the completion of a professional portfolio providing additional credits for advanced standing and competency. Some courses also count for graduate credit should you decide to go on to earn a Master of Science in Nursing here.


RN-BSN coursework is offered in an online distance-learning asynchronous format that supports finding a balance between life, family, work and school. You will have access to library resources and student services, as well as a student cohort and community from across the country.


Earning a BSN provides advanced knowledge and skills beyond the clinical aspects of nursing, giving you a foundation in evidence-based practice, patient safety and health care quality, nursing leadership and policy. You will become a more marketable and exceptional caregiver, and improve your career opportunities and job security, all while helping your hospital achieve “magnet” status.


Delivery Type: Online
States: All states except for AL, ND, LA, and TN
Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Units Required for BSN: 21 credits
Length of Program: 15 month sequence for RN to BSN courses; Prerequisite
Cost: $13,625

Pre-Admission Process
Students interested in GWU’s RN to BSN program are encouraged to contact GW Nursing’s Office of Admission for a pre-admission transcript review and prerequisite check.


Admission Process
Applicants should complete the online admission application via NursingCAS.

  • Scholastic GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Official transcripts (from all post-secondary schools)
  • Two letters of recommendation (at least one academic)
  • Current resume
  • Personal statement
  • Evidence of current nursing licensure (by the start of the program)

Please check the Ben U transfer guide to see which courses from Ben-U will satisfy the classes required above


Specific Prerequisites

  • 6-8 semester hours Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • 3-4 semester hours Microbiology
  • 3 semester hours Statistics
  • 3 semester hours Nutrition
  • 3 semester hours Ethics

General Education Prerequisites

  • 6 semester hours English
  • 3 semester hours Math
  • 12 semester hours Humanities/Social Sciences
  • 12 semester hours Natural Sciences (usually fulfilled by Anatomy, Physiology and Microbiology)


You can take many of the prerequisites commonly required for health disciplines at GW Nursing. All courses are available online in spring, summer or fall — whatever works for your schedule.


Prerequisites to be taken within a certain amount of time? All prerequisites must be completed prior to the start of the program.
Diversity education course required? No.
Free transcript evaluation provided? Free pre-admission transcript evaluations are offered by GWU’s admission counselors to assist students in understanding how their transfer credits will be applied to their BSN. Official evaluations are completed during the formal application review.
International transcripts: Applicants with international credentials will need to provide official or certified copies of academic records and a credential evaluation from a certified NACES credentialing agency. Syllabi or course descriptions may be requested in order to determine if credits can be applied to prerequisites, general education, or electives.


Prep and Computer Skills Prior to Applying


  • What learning management system is used to host the online learning program?
    BlackBoard Learn is used for the online program. The RN to BSN students participate in an online Orientation at the start of the program that takes place in the Blackboard Learning platform.
  • Does the institution require students to attend an orientation?
    Orientation is conducted online to introduce you to our expectations, academic resources, program requirements, course registration and online technology.
Program Details


NURS 6203: Nursing Leadership
NURS 6205: Health Policy, Quality and Political Processes
NURS 6202: Concepts in Population Health
NURS 6207: Evidence Based Practice for Health Care Researchers
NURS 4117: NPCR 6: Epidemiology and Community Health Nursing
NURS 4119: Patient Safety and Health Care Quality
NURS 4121: Nursing Advancement Professional Portfolio
Nursing Elective