RN to BSN Pathway

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program prepares students to deliver superior nursing care and provide leadership in the increasingly complex and challenging field of modern health care. The program emphasizes health promotion and disease prevention, capitalizing on early detection of potential health problems, health maintenance in ambulatory and acute-care agencies, and preparation for managerial responsibilities. RN-licensed students are required to submit a copy of their current license and maintain licensure throughout the program.

What it costs

The cost is $462.50 per credit hour for VA state residents or $1,349.25 per credit hour for out of state students, plus a $35 per credit hour Distance Education fee. Education Resource, New Student, and other mandatory university and course fees may apply.

Application Deadline

This program has an application deadline of January 15 for Fall and October 1 for Spring.

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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 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.
  • Courses will include a focus on research, leadership and management, informatics, and care of underserved and uninsured populations.
  • 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.
  • Credit is awarded for your previous nursing degree after entry to the program.
  • 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.

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 Virginia Community College System (VCCS) Transfer Guide for more information.

Also, prerequisite nursing courses should be completed in Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology, Statistics, Human Lifespan Development, and Biomedical Ethics before beginning this program.

RN to BSN Pathway

  • ENGH 302 Advanced Composition | 3 credits
  • 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 (2016-2017)

Virginia Resident$462.50 plus fees
Non-Virginia Resident$1,349.25 plus fees
Distance Education Fee$35
Education Resource Fee$60 - $100 (per semester)

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. Scholarships available to students in this program include:

  • Rosemarie C. Brenkus Endowed Scholarship
  • Eric G. Merten and Melissa H. Merten Endowed Scholarship
  • Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation Scholarships for Nursing Students

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

Career Description

With many health care agencies attaining Magnet recognition status through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), 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, correctional facilities, schools, summer camps, and military posts. 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
  • Various home care and hospice agencies
  • Fort Belvoir Community Hospital
  • National Naval Medical Center
  • Various active duty locations

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
Email: BSNapps@gmu.edu
Program Website http://chhs.gmu.edu/admissions/undergraduate/bsn-rn-to-bsn.cfm
Information Session Presentation http://chhs.gmu.edu/admissions/upload/Info-Session-RN.pdf

Prospective students must submit two applications for this program. First, submit the Undergraduate Admissions Application. Next, submit the BSN Online Application when it becomes available.


  • Receive undergraduate student admission to Mason
  • Hold a diploma or degree from an associate degree program in nursing
  • Achieve satisfactory GPA in the designated nursing prerequisite coursework (successful candidate typically achieves minimum nursing prerequisite GPA of 3.0)
  • Achieve a grade of C or better (not C-) in each nursing prerequisite course
  • Achieve a minimum GPA 2.0 in all Mason Core (general education) and elective coursework, with no less than a grade of C or better (not C-) in each course
  • Complete all Mason Core (except ENGH 302) and nursing prerequisites prior to the start of the program
  • Submit BSN Online Application and all supporting documents by January 15 (Fall deadline) or October 1 (Spring deadline)

BSN Online Application Materials

Undergraduate application

  • Application fee
  • Transcripts of all post-secondary education

BSN application *

  • Non-refundable BSN application fee (payable via online payment system; keep a copy of payment confirmation page showing proof of payment)
  • Unofficial transcripts of all post-secondary education (one from each institution attended)
  • Resume
  • 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 current RN license (must have license prior the start of BSN program)
  • Copy of the confirmation sheet and checklist which you will receive after submitting the BSN application and fee

* 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