University of Mary Washington Nursing Education

UMW DOES NOT OFFER A TRADITIONAL 4-YEAR NURSING PROGRAM.  HOWEVER, WE DO OFFER SEVERAL HYBRID PLANS IN WHICH A STUDENT CAN OBTAIN THE ASSOCIATE DEGREE IN NURSING AT GERMANNA COMMUNITY COLLEGE, AND THEN CONTINUE ON AT UMW TO COMPLETE THE BACHELOR DEGREE IN NURSING.  FOR FULL DETAILS, PLEASE READ THE DESCRIPTIONS OF THE 1+2+1 DUAL DEGREE PLAN AND THE CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT PLAN (BELOW).

ABOUT OUR PROGRAMS

In Fall 2014, the University of Mary Washington launched its Bachelor of Science in Nursing Completion (BSN-C) Program with a $25,000 grant from the Mary Washington Hospital Community Benefit Fund. By cooperating with local community healthcare facilities and educational organizations, UMW has created several unique pathways by which students can earn their BSN degrees:

  • BSN-C Program:  This program is designed for a current RN who holds an associate’s degree in nursing from an accredited university/college or a diploma nursing program.  In addition, this program has guaranteed admission for Germanna graduates who have an AAS in nursing, have maintained at least a 3.0-grade point average, and meet criteria established by UMW.  Under the BSN-C Program, the student can attend full-time or part-time.
  • 1+2+1 Dual Degree Plan:  This plan is for first-year applicants only (new freshman).  Also, students must start the plan in the fall semester (no spring admissions/transfers will be accepted). This plan is designed for the student who wants a traditional four-year residential experience while earning his/her BSN. The student lives on UMW’s Fredericksburg campus while taking courses at both UMW and Germanna. Students must have a car to provide their own transportation to GCC. There is no direct line of public transportation between the two schools. Through a partnership which exists between these two schools, the student completes his/her required liberal arts and nursing prerequisite courses at both UMW and Germanna during the freshman year; then attends the community college during the sophomore and junior years to complete the associate’s degree in nursing; and, finally, the student returns to UMW in the senior year for the fourth-year coursework which will gain the student his/her BSN degree.
  • Concurrent Enrollment Plan:  This plan is designed for the current Germanna nursing student who decides to enroll in our BSN Completion Program while working toward his/her associate’s degree in nursing.  This student takes three courses from the BSN-C Program at UMW during the summer.  After earning his/her RN license, the student completes a fourth year at UMW and graduates with a  BSN degree.
  • 3+1 Guaranteed Admission Plan:  This plan is designed for the Germanna nursing graduate who decides to enroll in the BSN Completion Program after obtaining his/her RN license.