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  • George Washington University (GW) School of Nursing

    Endeavoring to improve healthcare worldwide, George Washington (GW) University's School of Nursing is poised to educate nurses to become leaders of tomorrow through innovative and evidenced-based practices.

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    • NCLEX Pass Rate 92
    • Accreditations CCNE Accredited ACME Accredited
    • Location Washington, Washington DC
    • Programs BSN, DNP, MSN, RN-to-MSN, RN-to-BSN, Entry-Level BSN, MSN-to-DNP, CNM, NP, BSN-to-DNP, Accelerated BSN, Post-grad Certificate, Other
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    Founded in 1821, George Washington University is a private, non-profit, co-educational institution chartered by the United States Congress.

    The George Washington School of Nursing has two campus locations:  GW's Foggy Bottom campus and Virginia Science and Technology Campus (VSTC). With the location in the nation's capital of Washington, D.C., faculty members are able to participate in national health policy discussions.

    Undergraduate


    Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN)

    Students that hold a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field are able to complete their nursing degree. The program is 15-months in length at a full time status. Students will be on campus at GW's Virginia Science and Technology Campus in Ashburn, Virginia.

    Admission Requirements (not all inclusive)

    • Bachelor's degree in non-nursing field from accredited college or university
    • Minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale from regionally accredited college or university
    • Official transcripts (from all post-secondary schools)
    • Military and veteran candidates, outside of the Air Force, submit Joint Service transcripts.  Air Force candidates provide Community College of the Air Force transcripts
    • Two letters of recommendation (at least one academic)
    • Resume
    • Personal essay

    Veterans BSN

    The GW offers a learning environment specifically designed for the Veteran. The Veterans Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) has a custom roadmap based on prior education, military service and experience. This option shortens the degree time.

    Admission times are fall and spring semesters, full time status at Virginia Science and Technology Campus (VSTC) in Ashburn, Virginia.

    The degree can be completed in 15 months, full time. Employment during the program is not recommend.

    Admission Requirements (not all inclusive)

    • Immunization records, PPD (within the past 12 months), evidence of hepatitis B, MMR, varicella, diphtheria, polio and tetanus vaccinations
    • Copy of physical examination results
    • American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers
    • Current health insurance
    • Criminal background check
    • Drug screening results
    • Honorable or general discharge (including reservists)
    • Advising and review of military training/experience and academic transcript prior to application

    Online RN-BSN

    The George Washington University School of Nursing designed a part-time, four-semester program for Registered Nurses (RN) who would like to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. It is flexible enough for students to continue to work while in the program.

    The associate's-prepared nurse is able to transfer credits for the BSN. The RN-BSN option requires 21 credits of coursework and the completion of a professional portfolio providing additional credits for advanced standing and competency. Courses within the program can also be transferred if the student desires to complete the master’s degree (MSN).

    RN-BSN coursework is designed for an online distance-learning asynchronous format that is very flexible. Library resources and student services are available through the online platform. Admission starts in fall and spring semesters each year.

    Admission Requirements (not all inclusive)

    • Minimum of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
    • ADN from an accredited institution of higher education
    • RN license

    Graduate


    Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

    GW Nursing offers a Master of Science in Nursing program in a hybrid format, online and on campus.

    Specialty Areas

    • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
    • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
    • Family Nurse Practitioner
    • Nursing Leadership and Management
    • Nurse-Midwifery
    • Online RN-MSN

    Nurse-Midwifery

    This program option is a collaboration between the George Washington University School of Nursing, which awards an MSN, and Shenandoah University, which awards a post-graduate certificate.

    Graduates are then eligible to sit for the national certification exam given by the American Midwifery Certification Board.

    Clinical

    Preceptors and clinical sites are managed by Shenandoah University. The student will also be responsible for securing clinical sites. Travel may be involved.

    Online RN-MSN

    Recent and experienced nurses with an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) or Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) can take advantage of our RN-to-MSN program option, whereby the student will then receive Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Nursing.

    A flexible, stringent, and highly structured program, the student works on two degrees simultaneously. The BSN can be completed within 15 months and then in 2 more years, completion of the MSN. Coursework is completed online and GW-approved clinical hours can be obtained in the student’s local community.

    Clinical hour requirements only apply to the MSN portion of the RN-MSN program of study.

    Bridge Program - ADN with a Bachelor's in a Non-Nursing Field

    If you are a nurse with an ADN and hold a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field, this may be the pathway for you. There is a bridge program available for you to take in the summer before starting GW’s MSN program.

    Concentrations

    • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
    • Family Nurse Practitioner
    • Nurse-Midwifery

    Nurse Midwifery

    The MSN Nurse-Midwifery program option is a collaboration between the George Washington University School of Nursing, which awards an MSN, and Shenandoah University, which awards a post-graduate certificate.

    Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

    Our Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree is a practice-focused doctorate designed to help students become experts in advanced nursing practice through nursing practice competencies and innovation. This is an oline format and depending on the program, some on-campus experiences for testing and training.

    Post-Bachelor's DNP Options

    • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
    • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
    • Family Nurse Practitioner

    Post-Master's DNP Options

    • Executive Leadership
    • Health Care Quality
    • Nursing Practice

    Graduate Certificates

    • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
    • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
    • Family Nurse Practitioner
    • Nursing Education
    • Palliative Care
    • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)

    Rankings

    US News & World Report (2020)

    • #63 (tie) in National Universities
    • #33 (tie) in Best Colleges for Veterans
    • #68 in Best Value Schools
    • #37 (tie) in Most Innovative Schools
    • #6 (tie) in Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs
    • #20 (tie) in Best Online Bachelor's Programs
    • #2 (tie) in Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs for Veterans
    • #15 (tie) in Best Online Bachelor's Programs for Veterans
    • #43 in Best Nursing Schools: Master's
    • #37 in Best Nursing Schools: Doctor of Nursing Practice
    • #257 (tie) Best Global Universities
    • #24 (tie) in Nursing-Midwifery (Shenandoah University)

    NICHE (2019)

    • Best College Locations in America #11 of 1,553
    • Top Private Universities in America #86 of 975
    • Best Colleges for Nursing in America #89 of 599
    • Colleges with the Best Academics in America #101 of 1,591
    • Best Colleges in America #114 of 1,647
    • Most Liberal Colleges in America #133 of 687
    • Most Diverse Colleges in America #136 of 1,592
    • Best Value Colleges in America #150 of 1,590
    • Colleges with the Best Student Life in America #161 of 1,542
    • Best College Locations in District of Columbia #1 of 8
    • Best Colleges in District of Columbia #2 of 8
    • Best Value Colleges in District of Columbia #2 of 8
    • Colleges with the Best Student Life in District of Columbia #2 of 8
    • Top Private Universities in District of Columbia #2 of 7
    • Best Colleges for Nursing in District of Columbia #2 of 4
    • Colleges with the Best Academics in District of Columbia #3 of 8
    • Most Diverse Colleges in District of Columbia #3 of 8
    • Most Liberal Colleges in District of Columbia #3 of 8
    • Best Value Colleges in Washington, D.C. Area #3 of 16
    • Best Colleges in Washington, D.C. Area #3 of 15

    Forbes (2019)

    • #90 Top Colleges
    • #70 in Private Colleges
    • #48 in Research Universities
    • #47 in the region
    • #287 America's Best Value Colleges

    The Princeton Review (2019)

    • The Best 384 Colleges
    • Best Northeastern
    • Colleges That Create Futures
    • Green Colleges

    MONEY Magazine ranked GW #284 Best Colleges For Your Money (2018-2019).

    Accreditation and Approval

    The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) has accredited The George Washington University School of Nursing's Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs.

    Shenandoah University's Nurse-Midwifery program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME).

    The University is accredited by its regional accrediting agency, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

    The Virginia Board of Nursing has approved the BSN program at GW Nursing.

    The MSN and DNP programs are approved by the Washington, D.C., Board of Nursing.


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