Accelerated BSN

Through our Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) option, students who already have a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field can pursue a professional nursing career. This 15-month, full-time path is based on-campus at GW’s Virginia Science and Technology Campus in Ashburn, Virginia.

The Accelerated BSN program gives students an opportunity to get hands-on experience at our Simulation Learning and Innovation Center before they ever set foot in a clinical setting. Focusing on research and how to both analyze and respond to health problems while providing exceptional patient care. A focus on learning how to research, analyze and respond to health problems prepares students to provide exceptional patient care.

As the curriculum advances, students are placed in clinical rotations in top-rated facilities in the greater Washington, D.C., area. In these clinical rotations, students gain invaluable exposure to medical and surgical nursing, obstetrics, pediatrics, psychiatric nursing, and community health.

The combination of traditional classroom settings, our Skills and Simulation Center, online courses and clinical rotation experiences make the Accelerated BSN option an exceptional choice for aspiring nurses.

3 Great Reasons to Choose GW Nursing

Accelerated Program

Accelerated Program

Begin a career in nursing sooner with our 15-month program taking only four semesters.


Virginia Science and Technology Campus

Teaching Excellence

GW Nursing is a top-ranked nursing school with comparatively low tuition.




Practice with sophisticated, innovative learning tools before you set foot in a clinical facility.


Who Should Apply

If you’re looking to change your career to nursing or already working as a nurse but looking to advance your education, you should consider our Accelerated BSN program options.

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About the Program

Complete applications that are submitted by the priority deadline will be reviewed first. Applications do not have to be verified by the priority deadline, only completed and submitted. Questions? Contact the Office of Admissions at [email protected]

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A completed application includes the following components:

  • Bachelor's degree in a discipline other than nursing from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Preferred scholastic GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Unofficial transcripts (from all post-secondary schools)*
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Current resume
  • Personal statement

*Military and veteran candidates, outside of the Air Force, will submit Joint Service transcripts; while Air Force candidates will provide Community College of the Air Force transcripts. More information is available on the Veterans BSN page.

You must have completed designated prerequisite coursework with grades of C or better and a minimum course GPA of 3.0.

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

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You must also have completed certain courses in your previous bachelor’s degree program.

  • English (6 semester hours)
  • Humanities/Social Sciences (12 semester hours)
  • Math (3 semester hours)
  • Natural Sciences - usually fulfilled by Anatomy, Physiology, and Microbiology (12 semester hours)
  • It is recommended that you also have coursework in Developmental Psychology and General Chemistry.


The Accelerated BSN program consists of 60 credit hours and 500 clinical hours. Given the academic rigor of this accelerated program, employment while pursuing this degree is not recommended. Questions about program requirements should be directed to the program director, Malinda Whitlow.


Programs of Study

Accelerated BSN, full-time program of study (after Fall 2017 start)

Accelerated BSN, full-time program of study (after Fall 2018 start)



For full listing of courses and descriptions, please visit the University Bulletin.


On-Campus Requirements

This is a full-time on-campus degree program spanning 15 months. You should expect to live nearby to attend classes in Ashburn, Virginia, for the duration of the program.


Technology Requirements

Beginning fall 2018, each student admitted to the BSN program is expected to own and have ready access to a laptop or tablet with basic productivity software for classroom use.

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You must record a minimum of 500 hours of clinical experience with an approved preceptor. You are encouraged to find your own preceptor, but we can provide information on local clinical sites if needed.  A clinical site visit will be conducted, usually during your second or final clinical course, by a faculty member.


Required Documentation

  • Current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certificate
  • Immunization records including vaccination or immunity to hepatitis B; measles, mumps and rubella (MMR); varicella; diphtheria; polio and tetanus
  • Documentation of negative test results for tuberculosis (purified protein derivative (PPD) and/or chest x-ray)


Questions about clinical placement requirements should be directed to [email protected].

Rates vary by program and are subject to change without prior notice. Changes to a student’s program or course load may result in additional tuition charges and fees.

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at the Virginia Science and Technology Campus have a fixed, total program cost. The program cost is determined by the semester and year entered into the program. The fixed, total program cost does not include fees.

Students enrolled in the RN to BSN program are charged per credit hour. These rates are for tuition only.

The current pricing is listed under “School of Nursing” by the university’s Student Accounts Office.

Learn more about financial aid opportunities at GW Nursing.


I was able to use my knowledge and experience from the disability simulation to work with the Labor and Delivery and Postpartum nurses to help with a patient’s extensive plan of care. The nurses were very impressed, and I owe it to this program for setting me up for success with this simulation. They couldn't believe that I had gotten that much of exposure and experience in school.

Danni Baird

Accelerated BSN, Cohort 10