Online RN-BSN

Through our Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, students who already have an Associate’s Degree in Nursing (or an Associate of Science in Nursing) can quickly progress through the program of study while continuing to work as professional nurses. 

Building on associate degree coursework and specific requirements for general education courses, our part-time, four-semester RN-BSN program 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 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 more marketable and exceptional caregivers, and improve their career opportunities and job security, all while helping their hospital achieve “magnet” status.

Who Should Apply

Our RN-BSN program option is designed for registered nurses or associate degree holders eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) 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]



Spring 2022 Applications
Priority: 08/15/2021
Final: 10/15/2021
Fall 2022 Applications
Priority: 12/01/2021
Final: 07/16/2022



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, Adriana Glenn.

Programs of Study

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. View policy.

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]

A completed application includes the following components:

  • 84 credits from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (or an Associate of Science 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
  • Official transcripts (from all post-secondary schools)*
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Current resume
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Active and unencumbered nursing license

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.

Current GW undergraduate students must be granted a waiver to enroll in GW online prerequisite course offerings. Please see your academic advisor or school official.

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 (6-8 semester hours, labs required)
  • 3-4 semester hours Microbiology (3-4 semester hours, lab required)
  • 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

At the conclusion of this BSN program, you will be able to:

  1. Utilize the nursing process to support and promote health in diverse individuals, families, groups, and communities.

  2. Synthesize knowledge derived from natural sciences, behavioral sciences, and the humanities with nursing theory as a basis for professional nursing practice.

  3. Apply theories to analyze clients’ responses to health and illness and intervene appropriately.

  4. Demonstrate nursing practice that is based on ethical, legal and professional values and standards of practice.

  5. Participate in identifying societal health needs and critiquing and improving the delivery and quality of health care and nursing practice.

  6. Demonstrate accountability for decisions, actions, and outcomes related to nursing practice.

  7. Collaborate with clients and health care team to provide, facilitate, and coordinate optimal health care.

  8. Utilize leadership and management skills to identify and meet health care needs of individual, families, groups and communities.

  9. Utilize communication theories and techniques in developing effective relationships with clients and health care team members.

  10. Evaluate research findings to determine their relevance and apply findings to professional nursing practice.

  11. Demonstrate the efficiency and effectiveness of health care information management and application of patient care technology.

  12. Demonstrate continued commitment to lifelong learning to promote personal and professional growth.

3 Great Reasons to Choose GW Nursing

Accelerate Your Career
Begin a career in nursing sooner with our 15-month program taking only four semesters.
Gain Licensure
Sit for your NLCEX exam with confidence knowing that GW boasts a 93% pass rate.
Practice with sophisticated, innovative learning tools before you set foot in a clinical facility.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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.

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

Students wishing to apply for a student visa in the United States will need to seek sponsorship from George Washington University. At this time, the only program available to students seeking an F-1 or J-1 visa is our Bachelor of Science in Nursing program taught in person in Ashburn, Virginia. For further questions about eligibility, please contact [email protected].

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.

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.