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.

Where are my classes located?

It depends on your program of study. Students enrolled in our 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

Can I take a campus tour or meet in person?

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

Are you military-friendly?

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 military.gwu.edu

How do I apply for scholarships?

You are automatically considered for scholarships offered through GW Nursing when you submit your application. However, we always recommend you apply to additional scholarship opportunities offered through external organizations.

What are your on-campus requirements?

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 hybrid 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 final semester. For specific on-campus requirements for graduate programs, please visit the webpage for your respective specialty area of interest.

Can I complete my degree part-time?

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

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.

Do you provide clinical placements for nurse practitioner students?

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. 

What are your technology requirements?

Students admitted to our programs are expected to own and have ready access to a laptop or tablet with basic productivity software for classroom use. View our policy dictating our technology requirements for more detailed information.

Does GW offer housing for students?

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.

Do you offer a traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing program?

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.

Do you have a RN-BSN/MSN program?

Are those with a direct-entry MSN and/or a Clinical Nurse Leader degree eligible to apply to your programs?

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

Are there any state restrictions for applicants?

We are currently unable to accept applicants OR offer clinical assignments for online programs for individuals who reside in Alabama, Louisiana and North Dakota. Applicants from New York and Tennessee 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

Do you require any nursing entrance exam requirements?

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

Can I apply if my GPA is under a 3.0?

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

How is my GPA calculated?

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.

What transcripts do I need to submit?

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.

Can my unofficial transcripts be reviewed before I submit my application?

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.

If I'm a GW graduate or took prerequisite courses with GW Nursing, do I still need to send official transcripts?

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

Who should I ask for references?

All programs require two letters of recommendation. We highly recommend that one be an academic reference, such as a current or former professor, and the other be a professional source, such as a current or former supervisor.

How are my references notified?

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. 

Do I need to have my letters of recommendation and transcripts submitted by the deadline in order to be reviewed?

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.

Can I apply for your programs through NursingCAS?

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].

What are your admission deadlines?

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.

What is the difference between the priority and final deadlines?

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.

How long does it take to receive a decision?

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.

Does GW Nursing accept 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.

How far in advance should an international student apply to the School of Nursing?

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.

How will I obtain the appropriate forms for my visa?

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.

What if I have more questions regarding acquiring a visa or financial certification?

Is it okay if my transcript isn't in English?

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.

Do I have to submit an English Language Test and, if so, which test would you prefer?

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).

What are your minimum required TOEFL and IELTS scores?

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

Do all of my prerequisites need to be complete before I apply?

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.

Can I take prerequisite classes online?

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. 

Can I transfer prerequisites from GW Nursing to other schools?

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.

Can online or community college courses fulfill prerequisite requirements?

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

What counts toward satisfying your ethics requirement?

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.