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Governor presides over signing ceremony with GWU on guaranteed-admission program

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell oversaw the ceremonial signing of an agreement between George Washington University President Steven Knapp and the Virginia Community Colleges System to provide guaranteed admission to students enrolled in accredited nursing programs across the state who meet established academic requirements.

According to a news release, the agreement will allow students in any of Virginia’s community colleges to transfer their associate degree in nursing credits to George Washington’s School of Nursing in Washington, D.C., and pursue a BSN with credits that are applicable to the MSN.

“The George Washington University is both delighted and honored to enter into this partnership in nursing education with Virginia’s community colleges,” Knapp said in the release.

“We also deeply appreciate Gov. McDonnell’s recognition of the role of higher education in opening opportunities for all Virginians to help shape the future of this great commonwealth,” Knapp said.

For students with a bachelor’s degree in another field and an ADN with work experience as a licensed RN, the guaranteed-admissions program will allow them to transfer into the master’s program after taking a bridge course.

To participate in the program, students must meet the following eligibility requirements: completed an associate degree from a community college in the VCCS that is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission; graduated with a 3.0 grade point average in nursing and overall; completed any additional prerequisite coursework; is currently a licensed RN and has proof of employment in a field requiring nursing knowledge or experience.

Students enrolled part time can progress from an ADN to a BSN in four semesters and can earn an MSN in about three years.

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