Bachelor of Science in Nursing Academic Program

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program includes both the traditional and accelerated BSN (ABSN) options. 

BSN Program Outcomes

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:

  1. Student performance on the NCLEX-RN will be at least 80% for all first-time test takers during the same 12-month period.
  2. 57% of students entering the program will graduate within 1.5 times the length of the program.
  3. 80% of graduates will achieve employment as a RN within 6 months of graduation.
YearASN 1 Year First Time Pass RateASN 3 Year First Time Pass Rate% graduates in 1.5 timesGraduate within program length% employed within 6 months
2018-2019100%N/A88%N/A100%
2019-202095%95%77%N/A94%
2020-202186%94%70%N/A93%

BSN Student Learning Outcomes

The graduate of the BSN program will:

  1. Use clinical judgement to provide care to clients, families, and diverse populations.
  2. Demonstrate effective communication and collaboration with healthcare professionals, clients, and family to deliver high quality and safe care.
  3. Integrate current evidence and patient/family preferences in planning, implementing, and evaluating outcomes.
  4. Apply concepts of leadership to promote quality improvement, and patient safety.
  5. Utilize information management and patient care technology in the delivery of quality patient care.
  6. Plan self-development to uphold ethical and legal standards to maintain professional nursing practice.
  7. Provide population focused care incorporating concepts of health promotion and illness prevention.
  8. Distinguish financial and regulatory healthcare policies that directly and indirectly influence the nature and functioning of the healthcare system.

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:

  1. Foundational Experience
    1. RELI 300 and RELI 301
    2. ENGL 101 and ENGL 102
    3. UNIV 111
    4. Choose one: HIST 101 or HIST 102
    5. Choose one: MATH 105, 110, 120, 150, or 151
    6. BIOL 203
    7. Choose one: PHED 140-165
    8. Foreign Language (based on competency level)
    9. Choose one: ARTS 225, MUSC 225 or THEA 235
  2. Exploratory Experience
    1. Stewardship
      1. PSYC 201
    2. Expression
      1. Choose one: BADM 325, RELI 354, COMM 233, ENGL 270, THEA 150, ARTS 225, MUSC 225, or THEA 235
    3. Human Experience
      1. Choose one: ECON 203, COMM 230, HIST 101, HIST 102, HIST 245, POLS 202, ENGL 211, ENGL 212, ENGL 231, ENGL, 232, ENGL 240, ENGL 251, or ENGL 252
    4. Global Community
      1. Choose one: RELI 245, SSCI 205, or Next Level of Foreign Language

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 239: Nursing Assessment
  • Nursing 240: Nursing Assessment Lab
  • Nursing 261: Introduction to Nursing
  • Nursing 262: Introduction to Nursing Lab
  • Nursing 263: Introduction to Nursing Practicum
  • Nursing 300: Concepts in Professional Nursing
  • Nursing 307: Communication Skills in Nursing
  • Nursing 339: Pharmacology in Nursing Practice
  • Nursing 342: Adult Health I Lab
  • Nursing 343: Adult Health I Practicum
  • Nursing 344: Adult Health I
  • Nursing 345: Mental Health Nursing
  • Nursing 361: Maternal/Child Nursing
  • Nursing 362: Maternal/Child Nursing Lab
  • Nursing 363: Maternal/Child Nursing Practicum
  • Nursing 441: Nursing Care of the Older Adult
  • Nursing 442: Nursing Trends and Issues
  • Nursing 443: Essentials of Public Health and Community Nursing
  • Nursing 444: Public Health and Community Nursing Practicum
  • Nursing 460: Essentials of Nursing Management/Leadership
  • Nursing 461: Adult Health II
  • Nursing 462: Adult Health II Lab
  • Nursing 463: Adult Health II Practicum
  • Nursing 470: Research for Evidence Based Practice

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.

BSN Focused Client Care Experience (Traditional and Accelerated options)

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. 

Traditional BSN Program Course Sequence

Course Course Number Semester Hours
Composition I ENGL 101 3
Microbiology
or
Human Anatomy & Physiology I
BIOL 105
or
BIOL 203
4
General Psychology PSYC 201 3
Dimensions UNIV 111 3
General Education Foundational Select from list 3

Course Course Number Semester Hours
Composition II ENGL 102 3
Human Anatomy & Physiology I
or
Human Anatomy & Physiology II
BIOL 203
or
BIOL 204
4
Developmental Psychology PSYC 206 3
General Education Foundational Select from list 6

Course Course Number Semester Hours
Human Anatomy & Physiology II
or
Microbiology
BIOL 204
or
BIOL 105
4
Physical Education PHED 140-165 1
General Education Foundational Select from list 6
Nursing Assessment NURS 239 2
Nursing Assessment Lab NURS 240 1
Pharmacology in Nursing Practice NURS 339 2

Course Course Number Semester Hours
General Education Foundational Select from list 3
General Education Exploratory Select from list 3
Introduction to Nursing NURS 261 4
Introduction to Nursing Lab NURS 262 1
Introduction to Nursing Practicum NURS 263 1

Course Course Number Semester Hours
General Education Exploratory Select from list 3
Communication Skills in Nursing* NURS 307 3
Adult Health I Lab NURS 342 1
Adult Health I Practicum NURS 343 2
Adult Health I NURS 344 4
Mental Health Nursing NURS 345 3
*Indicates the course may be offered online.

Course Course Number Semester Hours
General Education Exploratory Select from list 3
Maternal/Child Nursing NURS 361 6
Maternal/Child Nursing Lab NURS 362 1
Maternal/Child Nursing Practicum NURS 363 2
Research for Evidence Based Practice* NURS 470 3
*Indicates the course may be offered online.

Course Course Number Semester Hours
General Education Elective Select from list 3
Adult Health II NURS 461 6
Adult Health II Lab NURS 462 1
Adult Health II Practicum NURS 463 3

Course Course Number Semester Hours
Concepts in Professional Nursing* NURS 300 2
Nursing Care of the Older Adult NURS 441 3
Nursing Trends and Issues NURS 442 2
Essentials of Public Health & Community Nursing* NURS 443 3
Public Health & Community Nursing Practicum NURS 444 1
Essentials of Nursing Management/Leadership NURS 460 3
*Indicates the course may be offered online.

ABSN Program Course Sequence

Course Course Number Semester Hours
Nursing Assessment NUR 239 2
Nursing Assessment Lab NUR 240 1
Introduction to Nursing NUR 261 4
Introduction to Nursing Lab NUR 262 1
Introduction to Nursing Practicum NUR 263 1
Communication Skills in Nursing* NUR 307 3
Pharmacology in Nursing Practice NUR 339 2
*Indicates the course may be offered online.

Course Course Number Semester Hours
Concepts in Professional Nursing* NUR 300 2
Adult Health I Lab NUR 342 1
Adult Health I Practicum NUR 343 2
Adult Health I NUR 344 4
Mental Health Nursing NUR 345 3
Nursing Care of the Older Adult NUR 441 3
*Indicates the course may be offered online.

Course Course Number Semester Hours
Maternal/Child Nursing NUR 361 6
Maternal/Child Nursing Lab NUR 362 1
Maternal/Child Nursing Practicum NUR 363 2
Essentials of Public Health & Community Nursing* NUR 443 3
Public Health & Community Nursing Practicum NUR 444 1
Research for Evidence Based Practice* NUR 470 3
*Indicates the course may be offered online.

Course Course Number Semester Hours
Nursing Trends and Issues* NUR 442 2
Essentials of Nursing Management/Leadership* NUR 460 3
Adult Health II NUR 461 6
Adult Health II Lab NUR 462 1
Adult Health II Practicum NUR 463 3
*Indicates the course may be offered online.