GW SON Top-Ranked

GW SON continues to be ranked among the top 50 schools of nursing. GW is in the top 13% of ranked graduate nursing schools. 

US News & World Report also ranks our online MSN #26 out of more than 144 programs nationwide.

In a first-ever ranking of Doctor of Nursing Practice programs, we are no. 30, placing us in the top 20% of ranked programs. These top rankings reflects the quality of our student engagement, faculty credentials and training, student services and technology, peer recognitions, and admissions selectivity.

Prerequisites

The George Washington University School of Nursing offers prerequisite courses, delivered entirely online, in the spring, summer and fall semesters. All students pursuing a health profession can take these online prerequisite courses. The courses are offered in a 10 or 15 week format, as noted below, and are open to all students who need prerequisites for any nursing or other health related program. These instructor-led online courses use a facilitated teach approach to engage and encourage interaction and participation, and offer you the opportunity to preview the GW nursing school experience.

These courses are offered in all three semesters:

  • Ethical Foundations of Nursing (NURS 3101) - 10 week course (3 credits)
  • Nutrition for Health Professionals (NURS 3102) - 10 week course (3 credits)
  • Anatomy & Physiology with Virtual Lab (NURS 3103) - 10 week course (4 credits)
  • Anatomy & Physiology II (NURS 3104) - 10 week course (4 credits)
  • Introduction to Statistics for Health Sciences (HSCI 2117) – 15 week course (3 credits)
  • Microbiology for Health Sciences (HSCI 3106) - 10 weeks in Summer, 15 weeks in Fall & Spring semesters (3 credits)

Please Note: While the prerequisites offered through the GW School of Nursing satisfy the GW School of Nursing BSN prerequisite requirements, other schools may have different requirements. If you are taking these prerequisites for another program, we encourage you to contact an official at that school to determine if the course(s) meet the prerequisite requirement there prior to your enrollment in the GW prerequisite courses.

Registration & Tuition

Registration

Courses are available in the Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters. 

First-time students must submit an online application form

Information regarding registration will be provided to you when your application is approved.

Registration Questions? Contact prereqs@gwu.edu.

You must register for courses before the course start date.

Tuition

  • $350 per credit
  • $1050 per 3 credit course
  • $35 Registration Fee
  • $1400 per 4 credit course

Tuition is due by the start date of the course.

Withdrawal & Refund Schedule

  • 90% - From the first day of the academic semester or session until the end of the second week of the academic semester or session.
  • 50% - From the first day of the third week of the academic semester or session until the end of the fourth week of the academic semester or session.
  • None - On and after the first day of the 5th week of the academic semester.

Anatomy & Physiology I, with virtual lab (NURS 3103) (4 CREDITS)

Course Description
This 10-week course prepares students entering the allied health professions.  Emphasis on the fundamental structures and functions as they relate to the human body:  homeostasis, anatomical language and body organization, tissues and histology, integumentary; skeletal; muscular; nervous and endocrine systems.  Students will need to have a basic background in introductory cell/molecular biology.

Course Objectives
1. Describe the interrelationship between anatomy and physiology as they relate to the various systems of the human body.
2. Describe the levels of structural organization in an organism and the characteristics that define life.
3. Utilize descriptive anatomical and directional terminology in the proper identification of various body structures.
4. Describe homeostasis and explain how the body uses feedback mechanisms to maintain homeostasis.
5. Describe the major characteristics, structure, function and location(s) of the various tissues of the human body.
6. Describe the structural features and functions of the integumentary system, neurological system, endocrine system, skeletal system and muscular system.
7. Apply knowledge of the body systems to practical, problem solving situations or case studies.
8. Summarize the consequences or body’s response to physiological and anatomical changes.

Required Texts

Amerman, E.C. (2015). Human Anatomy and Physiology Plus Mastering A&P access code. San Francisco, CA: Pearson Publishing. ISBN: 0134170393 (E-Text only ISBN: 0134052390)

Please note:  You will be required to have access to the publisher materials that accompany this book (Mastering A&P). The access code can be purchased alone (providing an e-text) or with the textbook (which will still give you access to the e-book and online resources)
 

Anatomy & Physiology II, with virtual lab (NURS 3104) (4 credits)

Course Description
This 10-week course prepares students entering the allied health professions.  Emphasis is on the fundamental structures and functions as they relate to the human body:  homeostasis, anatomical language and body organization, tissues and histology, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. 

Course Objectives
1. Apply concepts of homeostasis, regional and directional terminology, and histology to the study of body systems.
2. Describe gross anatomy and physiology of reproductive, cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, lymphatic, and digestive systems.
3. Describe the relationship between anatomical features of the systems and their related tissues.
4. Calculate physiological parameters and interpret data.
5. Recognize and explain the anatomical and physiological interrelationships within and between systems of the human body.
6. Apply knowledge of the systems to practical, problem-solving situations.
7. Demonstrate the consequences of physiological and anatomical changes on the body.

Required Texts
Amerman, E.C. (2015). Human Anatomy and Physiology Plus Mastering A&P access code. San Francisco, CA: Pearson Publishing. ISBN-13: 978-0805382952

Book with Modified Mastering Access Code: 03218692493

Hole Punch Text with Modified Mastering Access Code:  0134270940

Mastering A&P Access Code w/ Ebook: 0134042336

Please note:  You will be required to have access to the publisher materials that accompany this book (Mastering A&P). The access code can be purchased alone (providing an e-text) or with the textbook (which will still give you access to the e-book and online resources)
 

Ethical Foundations of Nursing (NURS 3101) (3 credits)

Course Description

This 10-week course provides the nursing student with a basic understanding of ethical theory and principles as they relate to a variety of common ethical and moral dilemmas that challenge nursing professionals in their clinical practice.  The course introduces students to methods of analyzing and resolving moral dilemmas using clinical decision-making frameworks as well as methods for increasing self-awareness by examining and understanding the impact of their own personal value systems. 

Course Objectives

1. Define commonly used principles and theories involved in bioethical decision-making.
2. Identify historical factors that shaped the evolution of healthcare ethics
3. Describe the major bioethical dilemmas encountered by age, role and population-specific groups
4. Apply clinical decision-making frameworks to problem-solve bioethical dilemmas in clinical practice situations
5. Recognize the impact of personal values in ethical reasoning and nursing practice
6. Engage in collaborative interaction with group members to analyze contemporary bioethical issues.


Required Texts

Butts, J.B. & Rich, K.L. (2016) Nursing Ethics: Across the curriculum and into practice, (4th Ed.) Boston: Jones and Bartlett.

Piccoult, J. (2004) My Sister’s Keeper. New York: Washington Square Press

Suggested Texts

American Psychological Association (2010). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th Ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Introduction to Statistics for Health Sciences (HSCI 2117) (3 credits)

Course Description

This is a 10-week course in Summer semester, and a 15-week course in the Fall and Spring semesters.

This course is an introductory course in probability and statistics for students in the health sciences. This course explores the foundational concepts in descriptive and inferential statitics including: probability, sampling distribution, estimation, correlation, t-Test, simple linear regression, and chi-square. Coursework will focus on the application of statistical concepts and methods within the health sciences. 3 credits.

Course Objectives

  1. Describe the role of descriptive and inferential statistics within the framework of scientific method.
  2. Differentiate the types of data numerically and graphically.
  3. Describe the theories and practices of statistical inference, probability, and confidence intervals.
  4. Interpret inferential statistics including correlation, simple linear regression, and t-Test.
  5. Apply statistical concepts to health sciences scnarios.

Required Textbooks

Mendenhall, W., Beaver, R.J., & Beaver B.M. (2013) Introduction to Probability and Statistics

(14th ed.). Boston, MA: Cengage Learning. ISBN-13:978-1133103752.

Additional reference material will be provided on Blackboard.

Microbiology For Health Sciences (HSCI 3106) (3 CREDITS)

Course Description: 

Principles of microbiology with emphasis on microorganisms that impact health and cause human disease. Topics include an overview of microbiology and aspects of medical microbiology, identification and control of pathogens, disease transmission, host resistance and immunity. 

Course Objectives:

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Compare the major differences between prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms.
2. Interpret the main morphological features of bacteria.
3. Discuss microbial growth and metabolism of bacteria.
4. Analyze the mode of action of antibiotics and the function of immunity against pathogens.
5. Examine the causative agents of commonly encountered human infectious diseases.
6. Interpret bacterial staining characteristics.
7. Compare and contrast the biochemical tests used to differentiate bacteria.

Required Text(s):

Microbiology Fundamentals etc (w/out Connect Plus) Edition: 2nd
Author: Cowan
ISBN: 9780078021046
Copyright Year: 2016
Publisher: McGraw-Hill


 

Nutrition for Health Professionals (NURS 3102) (3 credits)

Course Description:

This 10-week course addresses the fundamentals of human nutrition and their scientific foundations. Nutritional requirements related to changing individual and family needs; food choices, health behaviors, food safety, prevention of chronic disease, and nutrition-related public health in the United States and globally.

Course Objectives:

1. Describe the six classes of nutrients and explain their molecular structure, dietary source, and roles in physiological functioning.

2. Explain how nutrients are digested, absorbed, and excreted, and the consequences of toxicity or deficiency.

3. Discuss dietary recommendations and how nutrition is portrayed in research, on food labels, and in the media.

4. Compare the role of nutrition in different life stages in human development and the promotion of a healthy lifestyle.

5. Explain how diet and physical activity impact body weight and risks for certain diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.

6. Provide an overview of causes of foodborne illnesses and discuss strategies for keeping foods safe.

7. Explore the relationship between poverty, malnutrition, and obesity and describe food insecurity.

8. Summarize the process of assessing an individual’s nutritional status, developing a care plan, and evaluating progress.

9. Identify strategies for assessing readiness to change and counseling individuals on dietary changes, taking into account different cultural and environmental settings.

Required Textbooks

Sizer, F. & Whitney, E. (2014). Nutrition: Concepts and Controversies. (13th ed.). Belmont, CA:

Wadsworth, Cengage Learning.