Academic Advising

Our academic advisors are the principal academic resource for students at GW Nursing. Interactions are centered on student learning outcomes designed to encourage the student’s self-efficacy and development of meaningful educational and professional goals. While students are responsible for determining their schedule and meeting all degree requirements, academic advisors are here to guide students through the entire degree.

How can your advisor help you?

  • Choose your courses
  • Prepare your plan of study
  • Check your progress toward graduation
  • Connect you with University resources
  • Facilitate your successful completion of GW requirements and the GW Nursing program

Meet Your Academic Success Coordinator

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Linda Cassar


Program Director, ABSN Program
Undergraduate Academic Success Coach

[email protected]

The Undergraduate Academic Success Coordinator works with the academic advisors, academic coaches and others in GW Nursing to oversee students' success initiatives and coordinate efforts in GW Nursing to optimize student success.


Meet Your Advisors

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Devin Jones photo


VBSN Program 

Robin Kelly


Veterans BSN Program Associate
Email:  [email protected]




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Post-advising Survey

If you have recently met with your advisor, please take a moment to reflect on your experience. This information is vital in helping improve support services for students. Your responses are anonymous and will be used in aggregate. 

Advising Survey

Undergraduate Tutoring

One-on-one tutoring is available to GW Nursing students. Please contact your advisor to receive a current list of available tutors.

Undergraduate Academic Coaching

Our Academic Coaches, Dr. Glenn and Dr. Mullins are here to help you develop test-taking skills, organizational skills, and to help you put your learning into the context of nursing. Please follow the links below to make an appointment with them. 

Academic Policies

The academic policies and definitions listed below constitute answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding University and school policies and guidelines, which are outlined in-depth in the University Bulletin under University Regulations or the School of Nursing policies sections.

The GW Nursing Academic Calendar lists important dates throughout each semester based on the 15-week, 13-week and 10-week sessions.

View the Academic Calendar

You must know, and make use of, all proper procedures for doing research, writing papers and taking examinations. Acts of academic dishonesty will be prosecuted through the proper University channels.

Read Code of Academic Integrity


You must maintain good academic standing with the University. All students must maintain satisfactory academic progress in attempted coursework to be eligible to continue enrollment in their program.  

Undergraduate students must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 2.8 during their degree program and receive no more than one notation of Z or W in any given semester. A minimum grade of B is required in clinical courses and a minimum grade of C is required in didactic courses.

Graduate students must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 (3.3 for DNP) during their degree program and receive no more than one notation of Z or W in any given semester. A minimum grade of B is required in clinical courses and a minimum grade of C is required in didactic courses.  Students must also earn a minimum grade of B in NURS 6220, NURS 6234, and NURS 6222.  For DNP and Ph.D. students a minimum grade of B is expected in every course, including electives.test

You can drop a class during the designated registration period for a given semester, typically through the fourth week of classes.

You may withdraw from a class, and receive a grade of "W," during the designated withdrawal period during a given semester. 

All drops and withdraws are subject to the refund schedule listed in the Bulletin. It is recommended that you speak with your academic advisor to review all available options prior to dropping/withdrawing.

FERPA is federal law prohibiting the distribution of certain student information to parties outside the University without a student's expressed written consent (this includes parents and spouses).

The University grading system and grade point average calculation formula are listed in the Bulletin

The only grounds for a grade appeal request is arbitrary and capricious grading, meaning that the grading standard was not properly applied. Arbitrary and capricious grading is considered in the event the assignment of the course grade is based upon something other than performance in the course; the assignment of the course grade is made based upon the unreasonable application of standards different from the standards that were applied to other students in that course; or when the assignment of the course grade is based upon a substantial and unreasonable departure from the written academic standards for that course.

Holds are placed on student records by different University offices for different reasons (e.g., outstanding bills, incomplete immunization records, academic probation). A hold will prevent you from registering for classes, so you should check GWeb for holds well before registration begins. If you have a hold, contact the office that placed your hold to determine how to remove it. (GWeb lists contact information for the office that placed the hold.)

At the option of the instructor, you may be awarded an incomplete grade if you are unable to complete the work of a course for reasons beyond your control. The instructor must be informed of, and approve of, your reasons before the date when final grades are due.

A leave of absence (LOA) is a temporary period of non-attendance available to continuing students. A student who must interrupt active pursuit of the degree may request for an LOA for a specified period of time, limited to a maximum of one calendar year. Please reach out to your advisor with questions on how to get started.

At George Washington University, we uphold our community of faculty, staff and more than 23,000 students to a code of conduct. These policies and handbooks ensure a healthy and productive environment for all.

Access GW Nursing Policies and Handbooks

To request an exception to policy, or request a waiver of policy, you can complete a Policy Exception Request Form.

The Plan of Study outlines the degree requirements for each GW Nursing program. You can access your plan of study in Degree Map.

After your accommodation(s) are already in place, test proctoring for an extended time may be requested in Innovation Hall at VSTC. In order to offer the student services team, and your professors, the appropriate amount of time to coordinate your exam accommodations, you must submit your test proctoring requests no later than seven days in advance of the exam date.

In some degree programs, you are eligible to transfer credits for approved courses from other accredited institutions. However, the number of credits that may transfer is limited by program. Check your program requirements in the  Bulletin to determine how many credits you can transfer.

A "Z" is an administrative notation on your transcript indicating that you were registered for, but did not attend (or attended only briefly) or complete any graded work for a course. You would likely receive this grade if you stopped attending a course without dropping or withdrawing from the course in GWeb or via a Registration Transaction Form.