Frequently Asked Questions

We have compiled some of the most common questions we get from prospective students:

If you have any additional questions, feel free to reach out to the Office of Admissions directly at 571-553-0138 or email us at [email protected] to speak with a member of our team.


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

You are automatically considered for merit scholarships offered through GW Nursing when you submit your application. To be considered for need-based scholarships through GW Nursing, we recommend submitting the admit term’s FAFSA (FAFSA code: 001444) We also always recommend you apply to additional scholarship opportunities offered through external organizations.

On-campus requirements vary by program and specialty. Students enrolled in our Bachelor of Science in Nursing program spend the duration of the program on our Virginia Science and Technology Campus (VSTC) in Ashburn, Virginia.

Most graduate programs are delivered in a distance format with online courses and some on-campus experiences for testing and training, which typically take place in our state-of-the-art simulation facilities at VSTC. For example, nurse practitioner students are required to come to campus for Campus Learning and Skills Intensive (CLASI) when enrolled in NURS 6222 and for Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) during their second clinical course. For specific on-campus requirements for graduate programs, please visit the webpage for your respective specialty area of interest.

All nurse practitioner students are also required to complete an end of program skills assessment. During this final on-campus simulation-based learning event, students have an opportunity to showcase their assessment, diagnostic reasoning, and patient management skills.

Students enrolled in our Accelerated or Veteran Bachelor of Science in Nursing program may only attend the program on a full-time basis due to its accelerated format.

Students enrolled in our RN to BSN or RN to MSN programs may only enroll on a part-time basis.

Students enrolled in a graduate program have the ability to enroll in most tracks on a part-time basis. To review your program of study options, visit the MSN, DNP or certificate webpage in the specialty area of your choice. PhD applicants should contact the program director directly.

Our clinical placement model provides students with faculty and staff support to ensure clinical sites align with clinical course objectives and nurse practitioner (NP) competencies. Our approach includes a clinical placement team dedicated to processing legal documentation required to clear students for clinical placement. Although we offer as much support as possible to students who are unable to locate a preceptor, our process is driven by student submission of a request for placement. We are dedicated to ensuring adequate and robust clinical experiences, however, GW Nursing is not required to locate clinical sites and preceptors for our NP students. 

Admitted students are expected to own and have ready access to a laptop or tablet with basic productivity software for classroom use. View laptop policy for additional information.

On-campus housing is not available. Students are responsible for finding their own living arrangements. Visit GW’s Off-Campus Housing website for more information.

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.

Applicants with a direct-entry MSN and/or Clinical Nurse Leader degree are ineligible to apply to our Post-Master's DNP and our Post-Master's Certificate programs. However, you may submit an application to one of our MSN tracks, which are considered on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us at [email protected] if you need additional information.

Applications and Decisions

We are currently unable to accept applicants OR offer clinical assignments for online programs for individuals who reside in Alabama and Louisiana. Applicants from New York should contact [email protected] for additional information, as clinical placements in those states are extremely limited. View our state authorizations

Prospective students from these states are welcome to apply to our Bachelor of Science in Nursing program located on our Virginia Science and Technology Campus

No. We do not require any nursing entrance exam scores, such as TEAS or HESI 2A, for admission.

Yes. Our university standard is 3.0 on 4.0 scale, but we review all submitted applications.

We calculate an overall GPA, as well as a prerequisite GPA. Your overall cumulative GPA is calculated using any post-secondary grades you received, whereas your prerequisite GPA is the combined GPA of all prerequisite courses taken, regardless of institution.

We only require unofficial copies of your transcripts for the application, which should be uploaded directly to the GW Application system. Official copies are only required if you are accepted to the program and choose to enroll in courses at GW.

Yes. Our admissions team can provide a prerequisite review. If you are interested in having your transcript unofficially reviewed, please email digital copies of your unofficial transcripts to [email protected].

No. GW alumni only need to upload unofficial copies from Banweb or from the registrar.

The Ph.D. program requires three letters of recommendation. We highly encourage at least one recommendation from an academic source, such as a current or former professor. A recommendation from a current or former supervisor who can comment on your professional background is also a good option.

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 your recommenders are having issues uploading their letters, they can also email their letters to [email protected].

No, but please be advised that we need all letters of recommendation and other application materials to begin reviewing your application for an admissions decision.

No. All applications must be submitted through the GW Application System. All supplemental documentation should be uploaded directly to the application online or emailed to [email protected].

Applications should be submitted as early as possible by the program deadline. If you feel you need extra time or have extenuating circumstances, email [email protected] for a possible extension. For a full list of upcoming deadlines, visit our deadlines webpage.

Applicants who apply by the priority deadline can receive their decision earlier than most, allowing more time to make an informed decision on which program to attend. There are also typically more scholarships available to applicants who apply by the priority deadline. Applicants to the final deadline are considered equally with priority applicants and are considered for scholarships, but receive their decisions later in the cycle.

Applications are reviewed in batches to ensure a fair review of all applicants. Decisions are typically released to applicants within a four- to six-week timeframe after the deadline date. All decisions are released by email with instructions on how to view the decision letter once it becomes available.

International Students

At this time, the only program available to students needing an F-1 visa (student) is our Bachelor of Science in Nursing program taught in person in Ashburn, Virginia. International students who have permanent residence or are currently on a visa that allows them to study, in addition to holding a valid U.S. RN license, are eligible for any graduate program.

All international applicants to on-campus programs should plan to apply at least six months in advance of the posted application deadlines in order to assure that a visa can be issued.

A GW representative will contact you via email with all necessary paperwork and requirements after your admission to the program. You do not need to upload these documents to the application.

The International Services Office offers more detailed information on acquiring a visa, or you can call 202-994-4477 or email [email protected].

International applicants must submit a Foreign Transaction Transcript Evaluation for all foreign coursework. These evaluations must be completed by one of GW's approved evaluation organizations.

If English is not your native language or you are not a citizen of a country in which English is an official language, you must submit official test scores from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS). If you have completed a degree from a US institution, this requirement will be waived.

If English is not your native language or you are not a citizen of a country in which English is an official language, you must submit official test scores from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

The minimum required score for the TOEFL is:

  • Internet-based test: 100 or higher
  • Paper test: 600 or higher

The minimum required score for the IELTS is:

  • An overall band score of 7.0
  • Individual band scores of 6.0 or higher

Admissions Prerequisites

No. You can have prerequisite courses still in progress at the time of 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 completed before beginning the program.

We accept prerequisite courses that have been taken in person or online. To be accepted, courses must be completed at a regionally accredited institution, and you must have received a C or better in the course. You may also take your health prerequisites at GW Nursing. 

Our prerequisites satisfy our Bachelor of Science in Nursing prerequisite requirements, but other schools may have different requirements. If you are taking our prerequisites for another school, we encourage you to contact one of their officials to determine if the course(s) meet their requirements there prior to your enrollment.

Yes, as long as the class is taken from a regionally accredited institution and you receive a C or better.

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.