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.

Why GW Nursing?

Efficiency – Start a career in nursing sooner with our 15-month (four semesters) accelerated program.

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

Educational Technology – Our Simulation Learning and Innovation Center allows students to practice with sophisticated and innovative learning tools before they set foot in a clinical facility.

Military-Friendly – GW has been named a military-friendly university six years running, and Operation GW VALOR ensures the highest caliber services are available to veterans, active duty military and their families.

Support – We offer services exclusively for veteran students, including academic advisers with military backgrounds, financial advisers, counseling and tutors to help you succeed.

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
  • Have a desire to earn a BSN

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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.

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:

  • Must be a prior service member with an honorable or general discharge, including reservists. MECP and some other active-duty members may be eligible. Contact [email protected] if you have questions regarding eligibility for the program.
  • Veterans BSN applicants must have a minimum of 60 college-level credits to begin this program. These credits can be drawn from military and academic experience. You may request an optional pre-admission review of transcripts to survey what credits are eligible for transfer into this program by contacting [email protected]
  • Must submit Joint Service Transcripts (JST) along with DD214 paperwork electronically through the application.
  • Completed prerequisites prior to start of class.
  • Submit copies of:
    • Official transcripts (from all post-secondary schools)
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • Current resume
    • Personal statement

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
  • 3-4 semester hours Microbiology
  • 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


The Veterans BSN program 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 the program director, Gretchen Wiersma.


Program of Study

Veterans BSN, full-time program of study (after Fall 2017 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.


GW offers a unique veterans nursing program. While looking for schools, it got discouraging to see the lack of credit, both actual and implied, given to soldiers for their time and education in the military. GW Nursing is leading the way with programs like this. On top of the veterans program, GW has a very high NCLEX pass rate, and their use of state-of-the-art equipment and simulation centers is truly unparalleled.

Tricia Hanson

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