Online RN-BSN

Through our Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, students who already have an associate’s degree in nursing can quickly progress through the program of study while continuing to work as professional nurses. This part-time, four-semester program is based on-campus at GW’s Virginia Science and Technology Campus in Ashburn, Virginia.

Building on associate degree coursework and specific requirements for general education courses, our RN-BSN option is offered in an online distance-learning asynchronous format that supports finding a balance between life, family, work and school. Students have access to library resources and student services, as well as a student cohort and community from across the country.

Earning a BSN at GW Nursing provides advanced knowledge and skills beyond the clinical aspects of nursing, giving you a foundation in evidence-based practice, patient safety and health care quality, nursing leadership and policy. Students will become a more marketable and exceptional caregiver, and improve their career opportunities and job security, all while helping their hospital achieve “magnet” status.

If your goals for your education include a graduate degree, you may be interested in our RN-MSN program option.

Who Should Apply

Our RN-BSN program option is designed for registered nurses looking to further their education while continuing to provide care in their community. We also have agreements with several nearby community colleges in the area that guarantees admission provided you have fulfilled the requirements laid out in the guaranteed admissions agreement. If you have an Associate Degree in Nursing (or an Associate of Science in Nursing) from one of these partner institutions, you may be eligible for guaranteed admission to one of our programs:

If you are unsure of whether you meet the requirements of these agreements, feel free to contact us with any questions at [email protected]

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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:

  • Associate's degree in nursing from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Preferred scholastic GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Unofficial transcripts (from all post-secondary schools)*
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Current resume
  • Personal statement
  • Active and unencumbered nursing licensure

The RN-BSN option accepts students for the fall and spring semesters each year. Only completed applications will be reviewed by the admissions committee.

*Military and veteran candidates, outside of the Air Force, will submit Joint Service transcripts; while Air Force candidates will provide Community College of the Air Force transcripts. More information is available on the Veterans BSN page.

You must complete prerequisite coursework with grades of C or better and a minimum 3.0 GPA prior to starting the program:

  • 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


General education requirements are most often completed in ADN programs:

  • 6 semester hours English
  • 3 semester hours Math
  • 12 semester hours Humanities/Social Sciences


The Online RN-BSN program consists of 21 credit hours of course work and the completion of a professional portfolio providing an additional 15 credits for advanced standing and competency. Questions about program requirements should be directed to the program director, Majeda El Banna.


Programs of Study

RN-BSN program of study (Spring 2019 entry and after)

RN-BSN program of study (Fall 2018 entry and after)


New Student Orientation

Orientation is conducted online to introduce you to our expectations, academic resources, program requirements, course registration and online technology.


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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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.


I chose this university for the quality of education, the highly qualified professors here, and because GW is an academic leader not just here in the United States, but around the world.

Amina Amisi

RN-BSN student