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Hello Nurse! Mr. Moody talks about GW’s BSN program

Dear Mr. Moody,photo2

I’m a junior and I’ve been following the pre-med track since I started at GW, but now I’m having second thoughts. I don’t want to be in school for another 8+ years and I’m worried about work-life balance, but I still really want to be in a health profession. I’ve heard a lot about the growing demand for nurses and I’m starting to think that’s my calling, but don’t I need to be in a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program to become a Registered Nurse? Is it too late for me to pursue nursing? What can I do?

Worriedly awaiting your response,

Concerned But Hopeful GW Student

Dear Concerned But Hopeful,

It’s great to hear that you’re interested in nursing. You are absolutely correct – nursing is a growing field that is expected to undergo significant growth over the next few decades. You’re also right about nursing education. You do need to complete a nursing degree, at either the Associate or Bachelor level, to be eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and be certified as a Registered Nurse. But don’t worry, you don’t need to transfer out of GW or go through another 4-year Bachelor’s degree program. There are lots of accelerated, 2-year BSN programs designed for students just like you and the requirements for admission aren’t that different from the pre-medical courses you’ve already taken. You can learn more about the details here. Plus, GW offers it’s own BSN program on the Ashburn campus and they show preference to GW undergraduates! Sounds like a great option to me.

Warmest Regards,

Mr. Moody


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