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 nursing@gwu.edu to speak with a member of our team.

Where is the School of Nursing program located?
The Accelerated BSN and Veterans BSN programs are the two in-person programs; all other programs are offered online. In-person programs are taught on the Virginia Science and Technology Campus in Ashburn, Virginia.

Is there a way I can take a tour of the campus or meet with an admission representative in person?
If you would like to meet with a member of our staff in person, please email us at nursing@gwu.edu and include your preferred dates and times.

Can I apply even if my GPA is under a 3.0?
Yes, you can. We have a university standard of a 3.0, but we review all submitted applications.

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.

How do you calculate my GPA?
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.

How are my recommenders notified?
Within the application, you will be asked to enter the names and email addresses of your two required recommenders. Once you save this information, they will be contacted via email. Recommenders are notified immediately after you save their name and email address within your application.

Are there any guidelines regarding the two required letters of recommendation?
All programs require two letters of recommendation. We highly recommend that one recommendation comes from an academic reference (such as a current or former professor) and the other from a professional reference (such as a current or former supervisor).

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.

Do you require any nursing entrance exam requirements? (such as TEAS? HESI 2A?)
We do not require any nursing entrance exam scores for admission.

Where can I find the deadlines for my program of interest?
All programs at the School of Nursing use the following deadlines:

  • Fall - October 15 (priority) and January 15 (final)
  • Spring - August 1 (priority) and September 1 (final)
  • Summer - January 15 (final)

Be sure to check your specific program of interest for when the program accepts applications.

What is the difference between the priority and final deadline?
Applicants who apply by the priority deadline can receive their decision earlier than most, thus 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.

When can I and when should I submit my application?
Applications should be submitted by the appropriate deadline date. If you feel you need extra time or have extenuating circumstances, email nursing@gwu.edu for possible extensions.

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 electronically, and you will receive an email with instructions on how to view the decision letter once it is available

Does GW Nursing accept international students?
At this time, the only program available to students needing an F-1 visa (student) is the Accelerated BSN program. 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 into 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?
The International Services Office offers more detailed information on acquiring a visa, or you can call 202-994-4477 or send an email to iso@gwu.edu.

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 is the minimum required score?
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

Can I have prerequisite courses in progress when I submit my application, or do they all need to be completed before I apply?
Yes, you can have prerequisite courses still in progress at the time of submitting an application. However, the more prerequisites you have complete, the more competitive your applications may be when being reviewed by the admissions committee.

Can I have my transcripts reviewed by someone for prerequisite requirements before I submit my application?
Our admissions team can provide unofficial transcript reviews. If you are interested in having your transcript unofficially reviewed, please email electronic copies of your unofficial transcripts to nursing@gwu.edu.

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.

Can I transfer prerequisites from GW Nursing to other schools?
Our prerequisites satisfy our BSN prerequisite requirements, but other schools may have different requirements. If you are taking these 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 I take my prerequisite courses from any institution, or do they have to be taken through GW?
We will accept credit from any prerequisite courses taken from a regionally accredited institution.

What counts toward satisfying the 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. We can also accept courses housed within religious studies and philosophy departments. If you are unsure if a course you have taken or plan to take may count, feel free to email us a course description.

Do you offer a traditional BSN program?
No, we do not offer a traditional BSN program. Our accelerated second-degree pathway is for those who already have a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field or possess an RN license.  

Does GW offer housing for ABSN and VBSN students?
Housing for students is not available on the Virginia Science and Technology Campus. Students will be responsible for finding their own living arrangements. Visiting GW’s Off-Campus Housing website for more information.

How long does it take to receive a decision?
We begin reviewing complete applications after each deadline date. We typically provide decisions within four to six weeks.

Can I have prerequisite courses in progress when I submit my application, or do they all need to be completed before I apply?
You can have prerequisite courses still in progress at the time of the application. However, the more prerequisites you have complete, the more competitive your application may be when being reviewed by the admissions committee. All prerequisites must be completed before the start of classes, if you are admitted.

Can I apply even if my GPA is under a 3.0?
Yes, you can. Applicants are more competitive with a 3.0 or above, but we will review all submitted applications.

Do I need to send my official transcripts?
We do not require you send official transcripts during the application process, only if you are admitted into the program and enroll in classes at GW.

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.

What is the process of submitting my letters of recommendation?
Once you enter and save your recommenders’ information on the application, your recommenders will be emailed directly with instructions on how to upload their letters. If they do not receive an email, ask them to check their spam folder.  

What counts toward satisfying the 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. We can also accept courses housed within religious studies and philosophy departments. If you are unsure if a course you have taken or plan to take may count, feel free to email us a course description.

Can I apply for these programs through NursingCAS?
Moving forward, all applications must be submitted through the GW Application System. All supplemental documentation should be uploaded directly to the application online or emailed to nursing@gwu.edu.

What GPA do you consider during the review process?
We review both overall and prerequisite GPA.

Where is the program located?
ABSN and VBSN students take classes on the Virginia Science and Technology Campus in Ashburn, Virginia. The RN-BSN and all other programs are only available online.

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.

I am interested in applying to the RN-MSN program, how do I select this program?
Applicants should select the following fields on the online application:

Type of Program: Undergraduate

School: School of Nursing

Field of Study: Select your desired MSN pathway (AGPCNP, FNP, Midwifery)

Degree: BSN-MSN

Term: Select your desired term

Does the RN-BSN program require clinicals?
No, the RN-BSN program does not have a clinical component.

Are those with a direct-entry MSN and/or a Clinical Nurse Leader degree eligible to apply to an MSN program?
All applicants must possess a Bachelor of Science Nursing.

Are there any location restrictions on the MSN programs?
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 nursing@gwu.edu for additional information, as clinical placements in those states are extremely limited.

I am interested in applying to the RN-MSN program, how do I select this program?
Applicants should select the following fields on the online application:

Type of Program: Undergraduate

School: School of Nursing

Field of Study: Select you desired MSN choice (AGPC, FNP, Midwifery)

Degree: BSN-MSN

Term: Select your desired term

Do I need to send my official transcripts?
We do not require you to send official transcripts during the application process. You only need to send official transcripts if admitted into the program and you enroll in classes at GW.

Are those with a direct-entry MSN degree eligible for any or all of the MSN-to-DNP tracks?
We consider applicants with a direct-entry MSN on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us at nursing@gwu.edu if you need additional information.

Can I complete my DNP as a part time student?
Please review the program of study for your desired DNP track to review full-time and part-time course loads.

Are there any location restrictions on the DNP programs?
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 nursing@gwu.edu for additional information, as clinical placements in those states are extremely limited.

Do I need to send my official transcripts?
We do not require you to send official transcripts during the application process. You only need to send official transcripts if admitted into the program and you enroll in classes at GW.