The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program includes both the traditional and accelerated BSN (ABSN) options.
The Traditional Bachelor of Science in nursing program (BSN) curriculum is a full-time campus-based four-year program with 121-120 semester hours of general education and nursing courses.
The Accelerated Bachelor of Science in nursing program (ABSN) curriculum is a full-time campus-based 15-month program with 60 semester hours of nursing courses.
The BSN program seeks to meet the following program outcomes:
The graduate of the BSN program will:
General Education Course Requirements (Traditional BSN only)
General education courses include 44-48 semester hours, dependent upon course selection. For course descriptions, see the current GWU Undergraduate Catalog. General education courses requirements are as follows:
Major courses include 60 hours of nursing courses, which are categorized at didactic, experiential, or application experiences. For course descriptions, see the current GWU Academic Catalog Major course requirements are as follows:
Nursing 307 fulfills the GWU general education core requirement of 3 SH of oral communication and writing intensive tier III graduation requirement. Nursing 460 fulfills the writing intensive tier III graduation requirement. The total SH listed for the BSN program are 120 SH; which includes general education core SH, nursing core SH, 8 SH of biology (not counted toward general education core), and 3 SH of psychology (not counted toward general education core).
Students enrolled in the ABSN program have met all general education requirements prior to admission. In addition to earning a bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing, students must have completed the following general education courses: Anatomy & Physiology I & II, Microbiology, General Psychology, and Developmental Psychology,. The total SH listed for the ABSN program is 60 SH of nursing core.
As mandated by the North Carolina Board of Nursing (NCBON), students in the BSN 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 BSN Program consists of 120 hours in which students work one on one with an assigned Registered Nurse preceptor in the hospital and community healthcare settings. Students will complete 120 hours in Nursing 463: Adult Health Practicum. Students should refer to the Nursing 463 syllabus for learning outcomes and clinical activities specific to the focused client care experiences.