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.
Attend an Information Session before you apply. This is the best way to meet an admissions advisor, discuss your questions, and receive a preliminary evaluation of your transcript.
The School of Nursing offers three pathways to complete the BSN, all of which lead to completion of the objectives of the undergraduate program.
Traditional Pathway: a two-year curriculum following the completion of general education, elective, and nursing prerequisite requirements.
RN to BSN Pathway: for students holding current registered nurse (RN) licenses, this program can be completed in one year following completion of general education, elective, and nursing prerequisite requirements.
Accelerated Second Degree Pathway: a 12-month, full-time pathway for students holding a baccalaureate degree outside of nursing and have completed nursing prerequisite requirements.
The Accelerated Second Degree Pathway and Traditional Pathway must be completed on a full-time bases. Part-time and full-time options are offered for the RN to BSN Pathway.
To be admitted to the BSN program, students must complete a pre-nursing curriculum prior to admission and be admitted to junior standing. Traditional and accelerated pathway 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 program is a competitive admission process. Prospective applicants must 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 to 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.