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 Skills and Simulation 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

Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree (in a discipline other than nursing from an accredited college or university)
  • 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 (at least one academic)
  • Current resume
  • Personal statement
  • Prerequisite courses: Students must complete prerequisite courses prior to their start of the program.

*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


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

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

Take Your Prerequisites at GW

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

  • 6 semester hours English
  • 3 semester hours Math
  • 12 semester hours Humanities/Social Sciences
  • 12 semester hours Natural Sciences (usually fulfilled by Anatomy, Physiology and Microbiology)

It is recommended that you also have coursework in Developmental Psychology and General Chemistry.

Program of Study

Given the academic rigor of the BSN program and the required clinical hours, we recommend you not be employed while pursuing this degree. The Accelerated BSN option is a full-time on campus offering that admits for the fall and spring semesters. Follow these programs of study if you started before Fall 2016:

Follow these programs of study if you started after Fall 2016:

  • Accelerated BSN program of study — Spring start
  • Accelerated BSN program of study — Summer start
  • Accelerated BSN program of study — Fall start

Clinical Requirements

You are required to complete a minimum of 500 supervised clinical hours.

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.

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