BSN Veterans Option

The George Washington University School of Nursing values veterans and offers a supportive learning environment specifically tailored to vets. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) veterans option offers a customized curricular roadmap, which is based on prior education, military service, and experience. While maintaining the highest academic standards, quality clinical experiences and NCLEX pass rates, this option is designed to shorten your time to degree completion.

The BSN veterans option is a four consecutive semester, full-time path based on-campus at our Virginia Science and Technology Campus (VSTC) in Ashburn, Virginia. Students will spend time in the school's Simulation Learning and Innovation Center applying what they’re learning and getting hands-on experience before practicing in a clinical facility.

USNWR Rankings, Veteran Masters, 2023

Who Should Apply

To be eligible for the BSN veterans option, you must be a prior service member with an honorable or general discharge, including reservists and have a desire to earn a BSN.

Scholarship Opportunity for Veterans

The William and Joanne Conway Transitioning Warrior Nursing Scholars Initiative is offered each semester to up to four new students in the incoming Veterans to BSN (VBSN) cohort. Selected recipients will receive funding totaling 50% of the cost of tuition to be used towards tuition or received as a stipend divided across the first four semesters of study. 

Application Deadlines

Summer 2024

Application Open: 09/01/23

Priority: 12/01/23
Final: 04/01/24

Fall 2024

Application Open: 09/01/23

Priority: 12/01/23
Final: 07/01/24

Spring 2025

Application Open: 05/01/24

Priority: 08/01/24
Final: 12/01/24



The Veterans BSN option consists of 60 credit hours as prerequisites, 60 credit hours of course work and 540 clinical hours. You may receive credit for some courses based on an evaluation of your prior training and experience, which is factored into your customized curricular roadmap. Programs of study are particular to the term at which you started the program. Given the academic rigor of this accelerated program, employment while pursuing this degree is not recommended. Questions about program requirements should be directed to [email protected].

Programs of Study


For full listing of courses and descriptions, please visit the University Bulletin.

On-Campus Requirements

This is a full-time on-campus degree program spanning four consecutive semesters. You should expect to live nearby to attend classes in Ashburn, Virginia, for the duration of the program.

Technology Requirements

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:

  • 60 credits 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

You need a minimum of 60 college-level credits, to include completion of required prerequisites (you may be able to get credit for some of these with your military training and experience). You must have completed the following prerequisite coursework with grades of C or better and a minimum course GPA of 3.0 before the start of the program:

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology (6-8 semester hours, labs required)
  • Microbiology (3-4 semester hours, labs required)
  • Statistics (3 semester hours)
  • Nutrition (3 semester hours)
  • Ethics (3 semester hours)
  • English Composition (6 semester hours)
  • Humanities/Social Sciences (9 semester hours)
    • Social Sciences (6 semester hours)
    • Humanities (3 semester hours)
  • Math (3 semester hours)

At the conclusion of this BSN option, 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.

You must record a minimum of 500 hours of clinical experience with an approved preceptor. You are encouraged to find your own preceptor, but we can provide information on local clinical sites if needed.  A clinical site visit will be conducted, usually during your second or final clinical course, by a faculty member.

Required Documentation

  • Current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certificate
  • Immunization records including vaccination or immunity to hepatitis B; measles, mumps and rubella (MMR); varicella; diphtheria; polio and tetanus
  • Documentation of negative test results for tuberculosis (purified protein derivative (PPD) and/or chest x-ray)

Questions about clinical placement requirements should be directed to [email protected].

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