Online RN-BSN

The George Washington University School of Nursing offers a part-time, four-semester program for registered nurses looking to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. This pathway allows students to progress quickly through the program of study while continuing to work as professional nurses.

Program Overview

Building on your associate degree coursework and specific requirements for general education courses, our RN-BSN option requires 21 credits of coursework and the completion of a professional portfolio providing additional credits for advanced standing and competency. Some courses also count for graduate credit should you decide to go on to earn a Master of Science in Nursing here.

RN-BSN coursework is offered in an online distance-learning asynchronous format that supports finding a balance between life, family, work and school. You will have access to library resources and student services, as well as a student cohort and community from across the country.

Earning a BSN 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. You will become a more marketable and exceptional caregiver, and improve your career opportunities and job security, all while helping your 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 guarantee 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].

Begin your application!

Program Information

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have demonstrated academic excellence (with a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale) and hold an ADN from an accredited institution of higher education. You must also hold a license to practice as an RN in your state.

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


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

Program of Study

New Student Orientation

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

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