Online RN-MSN

*Please note, the RN to MSN Option is being sunsetted and is no longer accepting students. If you are a current RN to BSN student admitted before Spring 2020 and would like to pursue the RN to MSN Option please contact [email protected]. Thank you for your interest.

Both recent and experienced nurses with an Associate Degree of Nursing or Associate of Science in Nursing can take advantage of our RN-to-MSN program option, which leads to the completion of both a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing. 

Our flexible, yet rigorous, curriculum allows you to earn both degrees simultaneously on a part-time basis. By the time you earn a BSN after 15 months, you're only about two years from completing an MSN. You conduct your coursework online and complete the required clinical hours in your local community (at a site approved by GW Nursing). Note, however, that clinical hour requirements only apply to the MSN portion of the RN-MSN program of study — not the BSN portion. This program option has the benefits of being part-time and the support of the resources of GW Nursing.

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MSN Nurse Midwifery option


In collaboration with Shenandoah University, this option stresses the integration of research and nurse-midwifery practice with a strong emphasis on women’s health and primary care.

Program Information

  • ADN from an accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 3.0 
  • Current RN license 
  • Current CPR certification
  • Completion of all prerequisite coursework

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

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology (6-8 semester hours)
  • Microbiology (3-4 semester hours)
  • Statistics (3 semester hours)
  • Nutrition (3 semester hours)
  • Ethics (3 semester hours)

General education requirements are most often completed in ADN programs: 

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

Your program of study will vary based on which pathway you intend to pursue. Visit your chosen pathway's page to learn more about that program of study:

You must participate in some events and courses on campus, but requirements vary based on the program option you pursue. Visit the program option page for the pathway you’re pursuing.

Clinical requirements vary based upon the program option. Please refer to the specific program option page for detailed clinical requirements.