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.

RN-BSN/MSN: Take classes online!

Are you already a registered nurse (RN)? The GW School of Nursing offers four distance learning pathways to advanced knowledge and skills beyond the clinical aspects of nursing to give you a foundation in evidence-based practice, patient safety, health care quality, nursing leadership, and policy. 

The RN  BSN/MSN options are:

Available to both recent graduates and experienced RNs, these pathways are designed for you to become a more marketable and exceptional caregiver as a nurse practitioner or nurse midwife, provide you with enhanced career options and job security, and help your hospital achieve “magnet” status.

The distance format will allow you to complete coursework online and clinical preceptorships in your local community, with mentoring from GW faculty. In addition, students attend select on-campus experiences to interact with faculty and other students in person.


This option is a part-time four semester curriculum to complete undergraduate courses required to earn a Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. Some courses also count for graduate credit if you decide to go on to earn a masters or doctorate in nursing. The RN-BSN option begins each fall semester and completes the following fall semester. Through this pathway, you will complete coursework online via distance education, complete clinical practicum rotations in your local community, and receive mentoring from GW faculty. Perhaps this is the pathway for you! Click here to learn more.


This option offers high-achieving students with a three-year pathway to earning both Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science (MSN) degrees. The curriculum incorporates specified courses which lead to the completion of both the BSN and MSN degrees. This program is versatile yet rigorous. Through this pathway, you will complete coursework online via distance education, complete the clinical practicum rotations in your local community, and receive mentoring from GW faculty. 

Four fields of study are offered. Does one of these fit with your ambitions?

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
Family Nurse Practitioner
Nurse-Midwifery (with Shenandoah University)
Nurse Coaching and Leadership

RN to MSN Bridge Option

If you are an RN and you have a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field, this may be the pathway for you. This option allows you to go straight into a master’s program via a “bridge mechanism” by taking a bridge course the summer before starting the MSN program.

There are myriad M.SN fields of study offered (see below). Does one of these fit with your ambitions? The application deadline is April 1, 2015 for matriculation in the Fall 2015 entry to the program, which includes a bridge course (NURS 3110, Transition: Nursing Profession) in summer of 2015.

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
Family Nurse Practitioner
Health Care Quality - discontinued
Nurse-Midwifery (with Shenandoah University)
Nursing Leadership and Management


  • Utilize the nursing process to support and promote health in diverse individuals, families, groups and communities in a multi-cultural world.
  • Synthesize knowledge derived from the natural, behavioral sciences and the humanities with nursing theory as a basis for professional nursing practice.
  • Apply theories to analyze client responses to health and illness and intervene appropriately.
  • Demonstrate nursing practice that is based on ethical, legal, and professional values and standards of practice.
  • Participate in identifying societal health needs, critiquing and improving the delivery and quality of health care and nursing practice.
  • Demonstrate accountability for decisions, actions, and outcomes relative to nursing practice.
  • Collaborate with clients and health care team to provide, facilitate, and coordinate optimal health care.
  • Utilize leadership and management skills to identify and meet health care needs of individuals, families, groups, and communities.
  • Utilize communication theories and techniques in developing effective relationships with clients and health care team members.
  • Evaluate research findings to determine their relevance and apply findings to professional nursing practice.
  • Demonstrate the efficiency and effectiveness of health care information management and application of patient care technology.
  • Demonstrate continued commitment to lifelong learning to promote personal and professional growth.


  • Demonstrate leadership based on advanced knowledge
  • Promote and improve quality in the workplace through quality improvement practices
  • Synthesize knowledge of nursing practice, theory and research as a foundation for advanced nursing practice
  • Demonstrate continued professional development through ongoing education
  • Build an interdisciplinary professional network that includes collaboration and teamwork
  • Promote positive changes in health care delivery and nursing practice
  • Engage in caring and collaborative relationships with patients/clients for shared decision-making

Important Info for Virginia Community College Graduates

GW School of Nursing is pleased to provide guaranteed admission into the RN-BSN/MSN options to students who have earned associate’s degrees (ADN) from ADN-accredited nursing programs at community colleges across Virginia, or at Montgomery College, and who meet GW’s academic requirements.  The requirements for this guaranteed admissions opportunity are:

Completed associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) from a community college in the Virginia Community College System that is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
Graduated with a 3.0 grade point average in nursing and overall
Completed any additional prerequisite coursework
Current licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN)
Proof of employment in a field requiring nursing knowledge or experience