RN to BSN Pathway, Nursing, BSN

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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.

BSN, RN to BSN Pathway information session presentation (pdf)

In addition, please refer to the catalog for more information about our BSN program:

RN to BSN Pathway catalog information

Prerequisite Course Requirements

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)
  • Electives (15-19cr)
    • 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.

Nursing Prerequisites

  • Anatomy and Physiology (8 cr)
  • Microbiology (4 cr)
  • Statistics (3 cr)
  • Bioethics (3 cr)

Visit our Transfer Students page for information on course equivalency and transcript reviews.

Application Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to apply for the RN to BSN program, applicants must:

  • receive admission to Mason
  • have completed a diploma or associate degree program in nursing
  • complete all nursing prerequisites and general education coursework (except ENGH 302) prior to the start of the program
  • achieve satisfactory GPA in the designated nursing prerequisite coursework
    • Successful candidate typically achieves minimum nursing prerequisite GPA of 3.0
  • achieve no less than grade of C or better (not C-) in each nursing prerequisite course
  • achieve a minimum GPA 2.0 in general education/elective coursework, with no less than grade of C or better (not C-) in each general education/elective course
  • submit BSN Departmental Application by the stated deadline and submit all supporting documents.

Supporting Application Documents

  • unofficial transcripts (one copy from each institution attended)
  • transcript evaluations for all international transcripts (if applicable)
  • résumé
  • copy of payment confirmation page from online vendor showing proof of $50* non-refundable BSN application fee payment
  • a copy of current RN license (must have license prior to the start of nursing program)
  • unofficial copy of AP/CLEP exam scores (if applicable)
  • a copy of spring course registration (if applicable)
  • a copy of active military ID (if applicable)

*Payable via online payment system; subject to increase.