Program Description

The RN to BSN pathway allows registered nurses to progress quickly through the BSN program while meeting the objectives of the undergraduate curriculum.  RNs can complete the BSN program (30 credit hours) in as little as two semesters.  The program is completely online and designed with the working RN in mind, offering full- and part-time study. Course offerings vary by term and are typically offered in a 7-week format, so students are expected to plan accordingly.  Courses include research, leadership and management, and health assessment.

What it costs

All of Mason’s tuition rates and fees can be found on our Student Accounts site.

Application Deadline

The RN to BSN program accepts transfer applications only. For application information and deadlines, see the Admissions website.

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Program Summary

100 Percent Online

Program: Nursing

Degree: BSN

College/School: College of Health and Human Services

Credits: 120 total
30 at Mason

Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Who should apply?

The RN to BSN Pathway program is designed for nurses holding a current US-based registered nurse (RN) license with a previous associate or diploma school nursing degree. Registered nurses who are looking for flexible options to broaden their education, increase their career potential, and prepare for advanced study at the graduate level should consider this program.

Why choose George Mason?

  • Mason’s RN to BSN nursing courses are all online and have been designed with the working RN in mind, accommodating both full- and part-time students.
  • Upon completion of all required Mason Core and nursing prerequisite courses, it is possible for RNs to complete the BSN program in as little as two semesters (10 courses, 30 credit hours).
  • Students benefit from project-based courses that enhance professional development in your clinical area.
  • Transfer credits are accepted for many general education and prerequisite courses if completed at a regionally-accredited institution of higher education. Please use the Transfer Credit Matrix to check course equivalency.
  • Mason’s School of Nursing complies with the standards set forth by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Program requirements are subject to change; please refer to the Mason Course Catalog for the most up-to-date requirements.

Transfer credits are accepted for many general education (Mason Core) and nursing prerequisite courses that have been completed at a regionally-accredited institution of higher education. Please use the Transfer Search Engine to check course equivalency.

Requirements: 120 credits total

  • 57 credits Mason Core and general elective courses
  • 30 credits RN to BSN Pathway courses
  • 33 credits designated “Credit by Exam”

Candidates for the BSN degree must present a total of at least 120 credits, with a minimum of 30 credits earned at Mason to fulfill requirements for graduation.

All RN to BSN pathway courses are offered online. Online course offerings vary by semester. Not all general education or nursing prerequisite courses are offered online.

You can find a degree worksheet for the BSN in Nursing here and a four-year graduation plan here.

Mason Core and General Electives

For some students, the Mason Core requirements (except ENGH 302) may be met by completing an Associate of Arts (AA), Associate of Science (AS), or Associate of Arts and Science (AA&S) from an approved Virginia community college. The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) does not waive Mason Core requirements. See the Guaranteed Admission Agreement (GAA) regarding the Mason Core Waiver.

Also, prerequisite nursing courses should be completed in Anatomy and Physiology (8 credits), Microbiology (4 credits), Statistics (3 credits), and Biomedical Ethics (3 credits) before beginning this program.

RN to BSN Pathway

  • ENGH 302 Advanced Composition | 3 credits (A Mason specific course for students with no prior US Bachelor’s degree)
  • NURS 336 Concepts in Professional Nursing as a Discipline | 3 credits
  • NURS 425 Comprehensive Health Assessment | 3 credits
  • NURS 436 Leadership and Management of Health Care | 3 credits
  • NURS 440 Community Health and Epidemiology | 3 credits
  • NURS 434 Vulnerable Populations | 3 credits
  • NURS 453 Research in Nursing | 3 credits
  • NURS 457 Introduction to Nursing Informatics | 3 credits
  • NURS 465 Examination and Integration of Professional and Health Care Issues | 3 credits
  • Elective | 3 credits

Credit by Exam

RNs will be awarded 33 nursing credits upon completion of NURS 336.

Tuition (2019-2020)

Virginia Resident$377.50
Non-Virginia Resident$1,355.00
Distance Education Fee$35
Mandatory Student fee$146
Total Cost Per Credit for Virginia Residents$558.50
Total Cost Per Credit for Non-Virginia Residents$1,536.00

Please refer to the Students Accounts Office website for more information on tuition and fees.

Financial Aid

For information on how to apply to scholarships, see the Mason Scholarship page.

For information on other loans, scholarships, and other types of financial aid, visit the Office of Student Financial Aid.

Career Description

The BSN degree is becoming the entry-to-practice degree and is already required in several clinical settings such as community and public health. The BSN is also required for nurses considering advanced degrees such as the MSN, DNP, or PhD.

There is a need for nurses with a BSN in hospitals, physicians’ offices, home health care services, nursing care facilities, schools, and so much more. Graduates of Mason’s RN to BSN program are employed by:

  • Inova Health System
  • HCA Reston Hospital
  • Virginia Hospital Center
  • Children’s National Medical Center
  • Home care and hospice agencies
  • Military healthcare facilities

In fact, 1 in 3 nurses in the Washington Metro area is a Mason nurse.  As a Mason student, you may contact University Career Services for more career information and counseling.

Further Studies

If you are interested in returning to school to complete graduate degrees at the MSN or DNP level, please see Mason’s face-to-face RN to MSN Pathway or BSN to DNP Pathway program.

Program ContactCHHS Office of Student Affairs
Phone: 703-993-1901
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Prospective students must submit two applications for this program. First, submit the Undergraduate Mason Admissions Application. Next, submit the BSN Departmental Online Application when it becomes available.


  • Receive undergraduate student admission to Mason
  • Hold a diploma or degree from an associate degree program in nursing
  • Complete all nursing prerequisite courses with a grade of C (not C-) or better by May 20 for fall admission or by December 20 for spring admission (Elective and Mason Core classes can be completed after admission to this pathway)
  • Submit BSN Online Application and all supporting documents by January 15 for Fall admission or October 1 for Spring admission

BSN Online Application Materials

Undergraduate application

  • Application fee
  • Transcripts of all post-secondary education

BSN application *

  • Non-refundable BSN application fee made through online payment system
  • Unofficial transcripts (one copy from each institution attended)
  • Resume
  • Copy of current RN license (must have license prior to the start of class)
  • Transcript evaluations for all international transcripts (if applicable)
  • Copy of unofficial AP/CLEP scores (if applicable)
  • Copy of currently enrolled course registration (if applicable)
  • Copy of active military ID (if applicable)
  • Copy of e-mail correspondence with BSN Admissions Office (if applicable)

* Please mail or hand-deliver your BSN application materials to:

College of Health and Human Services
Attn: BSN Application
Office of Student Affairs, Robinson Hall B402
George Mason University
4400 University Drive, MS 6C4
Fairfax, VA 22030