BSN Completion Program

stafford campusThe University of Mary Washington Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Completion Program began in August 2014, at the start of the fall semester.

It is designed for graduates of associate degree or hospital diploma programs who hold an RN license in Virginia and who wish to gain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Full-time students may complete the program in one year. Students may also work on the degree part time. Classes will be offered in the online hybrid format.

The BSN Completion Program is located on the Stafford campus of the University of Mary Washington, near the U.S. 17 interchange of Interstate 95. Parking is plentiful.


New Dual-Degree Nursing Program!
  • Earn an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Nursing from Germanna Community College and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from the University of Mary Washington
  • Live on UMW campus all four years
  • Begins Fall 2015
  • More information coming in November 2014
Coming Soon!
Pre-BSN Major Concurrent Enrollment
  • Apply as an AAS nursing student and complete 3 of the 10 BSN Completion Program courses while you are completing your AAS in Nursing!
  • Pending SACSCOC approval.
  • Check back later this spring.

Applications for full- and part-time study are being accepted now.

Application Dates (suggested):

Fall – April 1

Spring – October 15

Summer – March 1

For information about the program, please contact at (540) 286-8073 or email:

Development of the BSN Completion Program has been supported by a grant from the Community Benefit Fund of the Mary Washington Hospital Foundation.


The BSN Completion Program at the University of Mary Washington is a new applicant pursuing initial accreditation by the:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 887-6791

New applicant status is neither a status of accreditation nor a guarantee that accreditation will be granted.


The BSN Completion Program is a post-licensure degree completion program administered by the College of Arts and Sciences.  The program’s curriculum combines the mission of the UMW with the recommendations by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice. The BSN Completion Program will continue the UMW tradition of liberal arts education by including three liberal arts courses with seven higher level nursing courses.

The BSN Completion Program will enhance the writing, critical thinking, and speaking skills of registered nurses whose focus is direct patient care delivery and prepare BSN graduates for lifelong learning and professional creativity. Students will be mentored by university faculty and nursing leaders in the community to identify and improve patient care through the use of nursing research and evidenced-based practice.

Program graduates will be able to practice nursing within a complex healthcare system and assume the roles of care provider, coordinator of care, and practice as a member of a highly regarded profession. In addition, students will be prepared to continue their nursing education to the graduate level.

Requirements for the BSN Degree

Students will receive 41 credits for having gained licensure as a registered nurse through either a community college or an accredited hospital diploma program.

Students may transfer a total of 90 credits. Students will transfer general education and prerequisite course credits from another accredited college or university.  The BSN Completion Program consists of 30 credits which must be taken at UMW.

A cumulative GPA of 2.00 on all UMW work is required. The BSN degree credits are distributed in the following categories:

Total Credits

RN Licensure

BSN Completion Program Must be completed at UMW – Three credits are graduate credits. 30

General Education Requirements:

Taken during pre-licensure program at an accredited college or university 27

Sciences (Anatomy and Physiology I & II required)

12 credits
English (Composition)
6 credits
Social Science Elective
6 credits
Humanities Elective 3 credits
Course Prerequisites: Completed at an accredited institution or UMW 9
BUAD 152 Management of Information Systems or equivalent (prerequisite for NURS 510) 3 credits
MATH 200 Intro to Statistics or equivalent
(prerequisite for UMW NURS 410)
3 credits
SOCG 105 A Social World (prerequisite for SOCG 334, 335, or PSYC 200 General Psychology (prerequisite for PSYC 301) 3 credits
Electives Completed at an accredited institution or UMW 13
BSN Awarded 120

 Admission Criteria

BSN Completion Curriculum