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 DEGREES 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 licensed 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 (see Guaranteed Admission plan below) for Germanna graduates who have an AAS in nursing, have maintained at least a 3.0-grade point average, and meet other established criteria. Under the BSN-C Program, the student can attend full-time or part-time.
- 1+2+1 Dual Degrees 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 (note: students who live in the Germanna service zone and do not plan to live on-campus at UMW are advised to follow the Concurrent Enrollment plan [see below] rather than the 1+2+1 Dual Degrees plan). Students must have a car to provide their own transportation to GCC and to clinical assignments. 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 to complete the baccalaureate-level coursework. Upon graduation, students will have earned an AAS in nursing from GCC and a BSN from UMW.
- UMW/GCC Concurrent Enrollment Plan: This plan is designed for students who live in the GCC service zone. Students take the nursing prerequisite courses at GCC and apply to the GCC nursing program. Students are automatically admitted to the UMW program if their GPA is 3.0 or greater,and they complete a CE Letter of Intent. Concurrently Enrolled students take additional transferable courses at GCC, in addition to taking three liberal arts courses from the BSN-C Program at UMW during the summer. After earning his/her RN license, the student completes seven baccalaureate-level NURS courses during a fourth year at UMW. Students earn their AAS in nursing from GCC, and their BSN from UMW.
- 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.