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The RN to BSN Pathway for students holding current registered nurse (RN) licenses may be completed in one year (full-time) providing general education prerequisites, elective prerequisites, and nursing prerequisite course requirements have been completed prior to admission. Part-time options are also available. The RN to BSN program is offered entirely online.
The RN to BSN pathway allows registered nurses to progress quickly through the BSN program while meeting the objectives of the undergraduate curriculum. Upon completion of all required general education (except ENGH 302) and elective prerequisite courses as well as nursing prerequisite courses, RNs can complete the BSN program in two semesters (30 credit hours).
Students admitted with a prior bachelor's degree are required to complete at least 30 hours at Mason beyond the first degree. If previous credits earned at George Mason have been used for a degree at George Mason or any other university, they cannot be used as electives for the RN to BSN degree. Admitted students should meet with their academic advisor to review degree requirements.
Admission into the RN to BSN pathway is based upon the completion of nursing prerequisite courses, a diploma or associate degree in nursing, admission into the university, and a current license as a registered nurse. Admission into the program is twice a year (fall and spring terms), and all the nursing prerequisites must be complete by the end of the term before beginning the program. The RN to BSN program can be completed in one year if the student is full-time. Students who currently hold a current RN license are not eligible for admission into our Traditional Pathway or our Accelerated Second Degree Pathway. Applicants with a current RN license are only eligible for admission into our RN to BSN Pathway.
To be eligible for admission into the RN to BSN Program, students must complete all nursing prerequisite course requirements prior to BSN admission. Mason Core courses and elective courses may be completed while enrolled in the RN to BSN program.
General Education Prerequisites
Please note: A four-year undergraduate degree in another field meets all general education requirements, including ENGH 302.
English Composition (3 cr)
Communication (3 cr)
Literature (3 cr)
Arts (3 cr)
Social Science (3 cr)
General Psychology is recommended
Western Civilization (3 cr)
Global Understanding (3 cr)
Information Technology (3 cr)
Quantitative Reasoning (3 cr)
Sociology or Anthropology course is recommended.
Four additional elective credits must be completed for students who have completed the NAS sequence at a Virginia Community College for a total of 19 elective credits.