GW SON Top-Ranked

GW SON continues to be ranked among the top 50 schools of nursing. GW is in the top 11% of ranked graduate nursing schools. 

US News & World Report also ranks our online MSN #13 out of more than 145 programs nationwide. This top ranking reflects the quality of our student engagement, faculty credentials and training, student services and technology, peer recognitions, and admissions selectivity.

Transferring Credits

Graduate Students

The University reserves the right to refuse transfer credit in part or in whole or to allow credit provisionally. Up to six credit hours of coursework may be accepted as transfer credit for graduate students provided the coursework was completed within the past three years at an accredited college or university, the coursework was taken for graduate credit and the student earned a grade of B or better in the course. A limited amount of additional transfer credit may be approved upon petition to the senior associate dean.

Undergraduate Students

Advanced standing may be awarded for appropriate coursework completed at other accredited institutions provided minimum grade requirements have been met. The minimum acceptable grade is C for coursework to be applied toward an undergraduate degree. Advanced standing may also be awarded for nontraditional classroom or clinical experience as outlined below. Nursing programs vary in the amount of advanced standing they will award. For Bachelor's programs, no more than 60 credit hours can be accepted as advanced standing.

Credits for College Board College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) 

As of July 2001, CLEP examinations are offered as computer-based tests at most test centers. To earn credit, the student must score at the 50th percentile on each examination. GW grants credit for specific examinations. Those examinations that are not accepted include English Composition, English Composition with Essay, and College Mathematics. Arrangements for taking the examinations are the responsibility of the applicant and should be made through College Board College-Level Examination Board. Information is available at

CLEP examinations are offered to military personnel through DANTES. Arrangements for taking DANTES CLEP examinations are the responsibility of the applicant and should be made through the military educational advisor.

Credit is not assigned for any examination that duplicates material studied in college coursework previously completed. Assignment of credit is determined by the Office of Admissions.

Credit from Military Service Schools

A limited amount of credit may be assigned for selected military service school courses in accordance with recommendations from the American Council on Education's Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services.

Credit Earned through DANTES

Credit may be assigned for approved Defense Activity for Nontraditional Education Support (DANTES) Subject Standardized Tests completed with the ACE recommended score. Additional information is available at

Office of Admissions

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45085 University Dr
Suite 201-T
Ashburn, VA 20147
Phone: 571-553-0138

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