Requirement for the Completion of a BSN Degree for Registered Nurses


The BSN degree requires 120 total credits. Incoming students will receive 41 credits for having gained licensure as a registered nurse through either a college/university* or hospital diploma program*. Students may also transfer a total of 49 other credits from their former school*.

The BSN Completion Program itself consists of 30 credits, all of which must be taken at UMW.

A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 on all UMW work is required. Students planning to continue on to graduate-level nursing education are advised to aim for a 3.0 or higher. For more detail on this program, please also see this informational flyer.


  • 41 cr  RN Licensure
  • 12 cr  Science (must include Anatomy and Physiology)
  • 6 cr  English Composition
  • 6 cr  Social Sciences (must include an introductory Sociology or Psychology course)
  • 3 cr  Humanities
  • 3 cr  Statistics
  • 19 cr  General Electives (or however many elective credits are needed in order to bring student’s total up to 120)
  • 30 cr  BSN Completion Program (these 10 courses must be taken at UMW)
 *Only credits from an accredited institution/program will be accepted by UMW.