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School of Nursing: Celebrating Nurses

Past, Present, and Future of Nursing Education

George Mason University’s School of Nursing 40th Anniversary Celebration was held October 10-11, 2014 at the George Mason University Fairfax Campus in Fairfax, Virginia. Read more.

GMU Nurses 40 years

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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The Bachelor of Science in Nursing offers the following three pathways:

For more information about these pathways, please visit our BSN Admissions website.


The undergraduate nursing program prepares students to deliver superior nursing care and provide leadership in nursing in the increasingly complex and challenging field of modern health care. Graduates are in demand as professional nurses in hospitals, long-term care facilities, and community health and other health care agencies. The program emphasizes health promotion and disease prevention, capitalizing on early detection of potential health problems, health maintenance in ambulatory services, and preparation for the managerial responsibilities of nursing.

The School of Nursing offers three pathways to complete the BSN, all of which lead to completion of the objectives of the undergraduate program. The traditional pathway is a two-year curriculum following the completion of general education and prerequisite requirements. An RN-to-BSN pathway for students holding current registered nurse (RN) licenses can be completed in one year (full-time) following completion of general education and prerequisite requirements. The accelerated, second degree pathway is a 12-month, full-time pathway for students holding a baccalaureate degree outside of nursing. The nursing programs must be completed on a full-time basis.

To be admitted to the BSN program, students must complete a prenursing curriculum prior to admission and be admitted to junior standing. Traditional and Accelerated students will enter the program in the fall of their junior year and at that point are considered nursing majors. RNs may enter in the fall or spring.

Application to the BSN program is a process involving two applications: the George Mason University Undergraduate Application and the BSN Departmental Application. (Currently enrolled Mason students need only apply using the BSN Departmental Application.) Acceptance to the nursing program is contingent upon admission to the university, but admission to the university does not guarantee admission to the nursing program. Application to the BSN major is a competitive admission process. Prospective applicants are responsible to meet all BSN eligibility guidelines at the time of application. Meeting the minimum guidelines does not guarantee admission into the nursing program - it only allows an application to be considered. Students who are interested in pursuing a major in nursing are encouraged to contact the nursing program for more information and attend an Information Session prior to applying to the nursing major.

Attendance at the first meeting of all nursing courses (lectures, on-campus laboratories, and agency laboratories) is mandatory.

CCNE AccreditedThe baccalaureate degree in nursing at George Mason University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791.

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