Accelerated BSN

Through the George Washington University School of Nursing’s 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.

In the Accelerated BSN program option, you learn about research and how to analyze and respond to health problems while providing exceptional patient care. You will learn to use the nursing process to support and promote health in diverse individuals, families, groups and communities.

Program Overview

The Accelerated BSN program gives you an opportunity to get hands-on experience at our Simulation Learning and Innovation Center before they ever set foot in a clinical setting.

As the curriculum advances, you will be placed in clinical rotations in top-rated facilities in the greater Washington, D.C., area. In these clinical rotations, you get 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 makes the Accelerated BSN option an exceptional choice for aspiring nurses.

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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Program Information


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.

Admissions Requirements

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
  • Official 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.

Program Requirements

Our full-time BSN program is an on-campus offering that requires 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


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

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)

Clinical Placement Requirements

You will be required to complete a minimum of 500 supervised clinical hours over the course of this program.

  • Current CPR certificate
  • Immunization records including vaccination or immunity to hepatitis B, MMR, varicella, diphtheria, polio and tetanus
  • Documentation of negative test results for tuberculosis (PPD and/or chest x-ray)

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

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 are expected to own and have ready access to a laptop or tablet with basic productivity software for classroom use. 

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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