Co-Enrollment Pathway, Nursing, BSN

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About the Program

The Co-enrollment in Nursing Program (CEP) allows students to complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree online while concurrently enrolled in an Applied Associates of Science nursing degree (AAS Nursing) program at a partner community college. Nursing classes in the CEP are offered online in a seven-week format.

Students take the NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination) after completing their AAS in nursing while enrolled in Mason’s BSN program. After a student passes the NCLEX and upon successful completion of NURS 336, students are awarded 33 nursing transfer credits toward their BSN degree. Students complete Mason’s BSN program the semester following graduation with the AAS degree.

Application Process

Admission to the Co-enrollment in Nursing Program process involves two applications: the George Mason University Undergraduate Application and the BSN Departmental Application. The BSN Departmental Application, instructions, and deadlines are available online. Please use the Transfer Search Engine to check course equivalency.

BSN Eligibility Guidelines

To be eligible to apply for the Co-enrollment in Nursing Program, applicants must:

  • Receive admission to Mason
  • Provide a copy of a letter of admission to a pre-licensure nursing program at a partner community college
  • Provide proof of enrollment in a partner community college AAS-Nursing program (i.e., copy of an unofficial transcript)
  • Have completed all Mason nursing prerequisite courses at any regionally accredited institution with a grade of C (not C-) or better in EACH course prior to the beginning of the CEP
  • Have completed all Mason Core/elective courses at any regionally accredited institution with a grade of C (not C-) or better in EACH course prior to the beginning of the CEP
  • Earn a cumulative GPA of 3.0 at partner community college institution
  • Complete all nursing prerequisite, Mason Core (except ENGH 302), and elective courses required for the BSN, prior to beginning the co-enrollment program
  • Submit an online BSN departmental application and $50* non-refundable fee through online payment system by the following deadlines:
    • Fall admission: March 30
    • Spring admission: November 30

*Payable via online payment system; subject to increase

Supporting Documents

  • Unofficial transcripts (one copy from each institution attended)
  • Transcript evaluations for all international transcripts (if applicable)
  • Résumé
  • Copy of RN program acceptance letter from a partner community college
  • Copy of unofficial AP/CLEP scores (if applicable)
  • Copy of currently enrolled course registration (if applicable)
  • Copy of email correspondence with BSN Admissions Office (if applicable)

Special Requirements

Students must provide a copy of their RN license within 90 days of graduating from their community college RN program.

Academic Grade Standards

A passing grade is C+ in the Mason BSN program. The grade of C or lower in a nursing course may prohibit further progress in the major until the course is repeated and a satisfactory grade of C or higher is earned. Only one repeat is allowed in the Mason BSN program. A second failure of a nursing course leads to termination from the BSN program. Students must remain in good standing in their partner community college AAS-Nursing program and failure to adhere to the academic standards of the AAS-Nursing program will halt progress in the Mason BSN program.