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About the Accelerated, Second Degree ABSN Program
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. This 15-month, full-time program draws 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, the students learn to utilize the nursing process to support and promote health in diverse individuals, families, groups, and communities.
Graduates of the ABSN. program 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 that can be applied to any of GW’s MSN degrees within five years.
Housed at GW’s Virginia Science and Technology Campus, the program offers 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 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 program an exceptional choice for aspiring nurses.