George Mason University
George Mason University (GMU) is a public institution in Fairfax County, Virginia. Established in 1949, it started as a branch campus of the University of Virginia. GMU became an independent institution in 1972. It is named after George Mason, who was a delegate to the U.S. Constitutional Convention. However, he was one of three delegates who refused to sign the declaration. Along with the campus in Fairfax, GMU operates four other campuses, including a campus in Songdo, South Korea. The remaining three campuses are in Virginia. GMU operates over a dozen professional schools and colleges, including the College of Health and Human Services, which was founded in 1985 as the GMU School of Nursing.
The university offers several CCNE-accredited nursing programs. Available programs include options for earning a BSN, MSN, DNP, or Ph.D. Registered nurses may apply to the RN to BSN or RN to MSN programs. A BSN to DNP program is also available. Students enrolled in the traditional or accelerated BSN programs receive clinical experiences at various clinical settings throughout the metro DC area. The accelerated program is a 12-month, full-time program while the traditional program may be completed in two years after completing two years of prerequisite courses.
|Campus LocaleLarge Suburb|
|Number of Students35,984|
|Student to Faculty Ratio16:1|
|Is Admission OpenNo|
|Religious Affiliation -|
|On Campus HousingYes|
The GMU BSN Program allows three tracks of entry into the BSN program with the first track being a two year curriculum for full time study following the completion of nursing pre-requisite and general education college level requirements.
The second track is a mobility program for RNs with current unencumbered licenses to pursue a BSN and to be completed in one year of full time study without considering perquisite and general education coursework. The other accelerated BSN program is open to students who possess Bachelor degrees in another field and is intended to be completed in one year of full time study.
The program admits students who have already completed the pre-nursing curriculum in two years of full time college enrollment to be admitted into the nursing program in the fall of their junior year for the first two tracks and either spring or fall for the third track.
Admission to the program is competitive with qualified candidates ranked on the basis of their application documents. All applicants accepted into the BSN program are required to submit health clearance including immunization series.
All students must also have current CPR certification for health care providers and current health insurance for clinical components.
BSN students, except RN-BSN candidates will be required to take part in preparation for the National Council Licensure Examination in a manner that is integrated into all components of the curriculum as well as in exam format.
Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)
|Number of Graduates|
|Doctor's degree - research/scholarship||1||17|
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges|
01/01/1972 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels|
04/11/2012 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels|
10/09/2004 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels|
10/09/2004 - Current
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
|SAT||1100 to 1290|
|ACT||24 to 30|
|Secondary school GPA Required|
|Secondary school rank Considered but not required|
|Secondary school record Required|
|Completion of college-preparatory program Required|
|Recommendations Considered but not required|
|Formal demonstration of competencies Considered but not required|
|Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required|
|TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required|
|Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended|
In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Cost to Attend
The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.
|In District Students||$496/credit|
|In State Students||$496/credit|
|Out of State Students||$1,432/credit|
|In District Students||$603/credit|
|In State Students||$603/credit|
|Out of State Students||$1,424/credit|
Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.
|Program||Credit Hours||In district||In State||Out of State|
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.
In 2017-2018 academic year, 75% of George Mason University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.
|Students Receiving Aid||Average Amount/Student|
|Other Federal Grant||12%||$485|
|State Grant & Scholarships||39%||$3,745|
|Institutional Grant & Scholarships||28%||$8,868|
|Federal Student Loans||50%||$5,360|
$18,629Average Net Price
Average Net Price by Family Income
|Less than $30,000$14,908|
|$30,001 to $48,000$16,093|
|$48,001 to $75,000$19,233|
|$75,001 to $110,000$21,825|
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Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
- Nurses Scholarship - American Legion Auxiliary Department of virginia
- Mary Virginia Macrae Memorial Merit Award
- American Legion Auxiliary Department of Virginia Past Presidents Parley Nurses Scholarship
- Edward J. and Virginia M. Routhier Nursing Scholarship
- Genevieve Saran Richmond Award
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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Virginia state board of nursing.