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 admits for the fall and spring semesters. This is a full-time on-campus option based at our Virginia Science and Technology Campus (VSTC) in Ashburn, Virginia. You will spend time in the school's Simulation Learning and Innovation Center applying what you’re learning and getting hands-on experience before practicing in a clinical facility.

We customize a curricular roadmap for you based on your military training and experience, as well as any prior college-level coursework. This 15-month program allows you to start your nursing career sooner without sacrificing quality in your education. Given the academic rigor and required clinical hours, we recommend that students not be employed while enrolled in courses.

Four veteran BSN studentsAs you pursue your BSN at GW, you will find that as a nationally recognized leader in education, GW Nursing offers:

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.

Program Information

Admission Requirements

  • 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

Program of Study

The Veterans BSN is a full-time on-campus offering and admits for the fall and spring semesters. To earn a BSN, you must accrue 120 credit hours — 60 credit hours as prerequisites and the 60 credit hours outlined in the program of study. 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.


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

Program of Study

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

Clinical Requirements

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

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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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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