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 three unique pathways by which students can earn their BSN degrees:
- BSN-C Program: This program is designed for current registered nurses who hold 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, students can attend full-time or part-time.
- 1+2+1 Dual Degree Plan: This plan is designed for students who want a traditional four-year residential experience while earning their BSN. They live on UMW’s Fredericksburg campus while taking courses at both Germanna and UMW. Through the BSN Academic Partnership which exists between these two schools, our students complete their required liberal arts and nursing prerequisite courses at both UMW and Germanna during the first year; then attend the community college during the second and third years to complete the associate’s degree in nursing; and, finally, return to UMW in the fourth year for course work which will complete their BSN degree. Students are required to submit a separate application to the Germanna nursing program.
- Concurrent Enrollment Plan: This plan is designed for those current Germanna nursing students who decide to enroll in the BSN Completion Program while working toward their associate’s degree in nursing. These students take three courses from the BSN-C Program at UMW during the summer. After earning their RN license, the students complete a fourth year at UMW (part-time) and graduate with a BSN.
- 3+1 Guaranteed Admission Plan: This plan is designed for those Germanna nursing graduates who decide to enroll in the BSN Completion Program after their RN license.