The Associate of Science in Nursing degree program (ASN) curriculum is a full-time campus-based two-year program with 71 semester hours of general education and nursing courses.
The ASN program seeks to meet the following program outcomes:
The graduate of the ASN program will:
General Education Course RequirementsGeneral education courses include 29 semester hours. For course descriptions, see the current GWU Academic Catalog. General education courses requirements are as follows:
Major courses include 42 hours of nursing courses, which are categorized at didactic, experimental, or application experiences. For course descriptions, see the current GWU Undergraduate Catalog.
Major course requirements are as follows:
Nursing 290 fulfills the GWU information literacy requirement for graduation.
The Advanced Placement LPN option allows licensed LPNs to complete the ASN program in three semesters. Eligibility for advanced placement into the Associate of Science in Nursing program (ASN) for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) includes the following:
A Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) who meets these requirements may be accepted into the second semester of the ASN program. Students in the Advanced Placement LPN option will take Pharmacology Concepts (NURS 105), Basic Concepts of Health Assessment (NURS 109), and Health Assessment Experiential Lab (NURS 110), while concurrently enrolled in the regular nursing sequence of courses scheduled for a second semester first year ASN student. Students will be awarded credit for Fundamental Concepts (NURS 106), Fundamentals Concepts Lab (NURS 107), and Application of Fundamental Concepts (NURS 108). Availability of the Advanced Placement LPN option is contingent upon current enrollment and resources.
As mandated by the North Carolina Board of Nursing (NCBON), students in the ASN Program will participate in a focused client care experience in the final year of the program. The NCBON defines a focused client care experience as a “clinical experience that simulates an entry-level work experience. The intent is to assist the student to transition to an entry-level practice.”
The focused client care experience in the ASN Program consists of 120 hours in which students work one on one with an assigned Registered Nurse preceptor in the hospital setting. Students will complete 120 hours in Nursing 211: Application of Advanced Concepts. Students should refer to the Nursing 211 syllabus for learning outcomes and clinical activities specific to the focused client care experiences.