BSN Veterans Option

The George Washington University School of Nursing values veterans and offers a supportive learning environment specifically tailored to vets. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) veterans option offers a customized curricular roadmap, which is based on prior education, military service, and experience. While maintaining the highest academic standards, quality clinical experiences and NCLEX pass rates, this option is designed to shorten your time to degree completion.

The BSN veterans option is a 15-month, full-time path based on-campus at our Virginia Science and Technology Campus (VSTC) in Ashburn, Virginia. Students will spend time in the school's Simulation Learning and Innovation Center applying what they’re learning and getting hands-on experience before practicing in a clinical facility.

Who Should Apply

To be eligible for the BSN veterans option, you must be a prior service member with an honorable or general discharge, including reservists and have a desire to earn a BSN.


This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UF1HP26982 and title Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention (NEPQR) Program: Veterans Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree for grant amount $1,047,666, with no financing by nongovernmental sources. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be constructed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsement be inferred by HRSA, HHS, or the US government.

Scholarship Opportunity for Veterans

The William and Joanne Conway Transitioning Warrior Nursing Scholars Initiative is offered each semester to up to four new students in the incoming Veterans to BSN (VBSN) cohort. Selected recipients will receive funding totaling 50% of the cost of tuition to be used towards tuition or received as a stipend divided across the first four semesters of study. This is a competitive scholarship with a limited number of recipients; however, we encourage all who meet the criteria to apply. APPLICATIONS ARE AVAILABLE HERE.



Spring 2022 Applications
Priority: 06/01/2021
Final: 09/27/2021
Summer 2022
Priority: 12/01/2021 
Final: 02/15/2022
Fall 2022 Applications
Priority: 01/17/2022
Final: 03/21/2022



The Veterans BSN option consists of 60 credit hours as prerequisites, 60 credit hours of course work and 500 clinical hours. You may receive credit for some courses based on an evaluation of your prior training and experience, which is factored into your customized curricular roadmap. Programs of study are particular to the term at which you started the program. Given the academic rigor of this accelerated program, employment while pursuing this degree is not recommended. Questions about program requirements should be directed to [email protected].

Programs of Study


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. View Policy.

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]

A completed application includes the following components:

  • 60 credits 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
  • Statement of Purpose

You need a minimum of 60 college-level credits, to include completion of required prerequisites (you may be able to get credit for some of these with your military training and experience):

  • 6-8 semester hours Human Anatomy and Physiology (6-8 semester hours, labs required)
  • 3-4 semester hours Microbiology (3-4 semester hours, labs required)
  • 3 semester hours Statistics
  • 3 semester hours Nutrition
  • 3 semester hours Ethics
  • 6 semester hours English
  • 3 semester hours Math
  • 12 semester hours Humanities/Social Sciences

At the conclusion of this BSN option, you will be able to:

  1. Utilize the nursing process to support and promote health in diverse individuals, families, groups, and communities.

  2. Synthesize knowledge derived from natural sciences, behavioral sciences, and the humanities with nursing theory as a basis for professional nursing practice.

  3. Apply theories to analyze clients’ responses to health and illness and intervene appropriately.

  4. Demonstrate nursing practice that is based on ethical, legal and professional values and standards of practice.

  5. Participate in identifying societal health needs and critiquing and improving the delivery and quality of health care and nursing practice.

  6. Demonstrate accountability for decisions, actions, and outcomes related to nursing practice.

  7. Collaborate with clients and health care team to provide, facilitate, and coordinate optimal health care.

  8. Utilize leadership and management skills to identify and meet health care needs of individual, families, groups and communities.

  9. Utilize communication theories and techniques in developing effective relationships with clients and health care team members.

  10. Evaluate research findings to determine their relevance and apply findings to professional nursing practice.

  11. Demonstrate the efficiency and effectiveness of health care information management and application of patient care technology.

  12. Demonstrate continued commitment to lifelong learning to promote personal and professional growth.

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].

3 Great Reasons to Choose GW Nursing

Accelerate Your Career
Begin a career in nursing sooner with our 15-month program taking only four semesters.
Gain Licensure
Sit for your NLCEX exam with confidence knowing that GW boasts a 93% pass rate.
Practice with sophisticated, innovative learning tools before you set foot in a clinical facility.

Frequently Asked Questions

It depends on your program of study. Students enrolled in our Accelerated or Veteran Bachelor of Science in Nursing program take courses on the Virginia Science and Technology Campus (VSTC). Students enrolled in our RN-BSN program and all graduate programs take courses online that may require on-campus visits to our state-of-the-art simulation facilities at VSTC for skills assessment depending on their specialty area. We are also located in Foggy Bottom in Washington, D.C., where students can visit using the free VSTC shuttle to take part in special events and other GW opportunities. Learn more about our locations

If you would like to meet with a member of our admissions staff in person, please make an appointment by emailing [email protected] to set up a one-on-one-tour or phone call. 

Yes! We are consistently ranked among the best online graduate nursing schools for veterans by U.S. News & World Report and by Military Times, and we are certified by the Virginia Department of Veteran Affairs Training and Education Alliance. We also offer a veterans’ option for our accelerated BSN that offers credit for service and student support tailored for members of the armed forces. Learn more about GW’s military and veteran services at

No. Our Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program is a second-degree pathway for those who already have a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field. Students eligible for our BSN veterans option do not need to have a prior degree, but must have a minimum of 60 college-level credits, which can be drawn from military and academic experience. RN-prepared applicants should consider applying to one of our RN-BSN/MSN pathways.

Within the application, you will be asked to enter the names and email addresses of your two required references. Once saved, they will be emailed immediately with instructions on how to upload their letters. If they do not receive an email, ask them to check their spam folder. If you recommenders are having issues uploading their letters, they can also email their letters to [email protected].

Students wishing to apply for a student visa in the United States will need to seek sponsorship from George Washington University. At this time, the only program available to students seeking an F-1 or J-1 visa is our Bachelor of Science in Nursing program taught in person in Ashburn, Virginia. For further questions about eligibility, please contact [email protected].

No. You can have prerequisite courses still in progress at the time your application submission. However, having more prerequisites complete will increase the competitiveness of your application during the admissions committee’s review. All prerequisites must be complete before beginning the program.

Any three-credit course that explores ethical reasoning and thought can count toward the ethics prerequisite requirement. Ethics courses do not have to be specific to nursing or health care. Courses taught in religious studies and philosophy departments may also be accepted. If you are unsure if a course you have taken or plan to take may count, feel free to email [email protected] with the course description. You may also opt to take your ethics prerequisite online with GW Nursing.