Direct Admission for Transfer Students and Current Mason Students

Direct Entry Application and Eligibility Guidelines for Incoming Transfer Students and Current Mason Students

Direct Entry for the Traditional BSN program is also available for incoming transfer students and current students already enrolled at Mason who have completed the necessary prerequisite coursework.

Once admitted into the Traditional BSN program, students will complete two nursing courses during the fall semester and will then be on track to complete the rest of the nursing program within three years.

The Direct Entry Traditional BSN Application for transfer students and current Mason students is a competitive process and students will be admitted on a space available basis.

Application Deadline: January 15, 11:59 PM (EST

Applicant Eligibility

  • Applicant must be:

    • An incoming transfer student with no prior bachelor’s degree OR
    • A current Mason student who has completed the necessary prerequisite coursework
  • For non-Mason students, you must have admission to Mason as an undergraduate, degree-seeking student
    • At time of BSN Application, you must submit a Mason Admission Application and receive your Mason ID number (G number)
    • Please submit your Mason Admission Application for the fall semester ONLY
    • Please note that although transfer students will be applying after only one semester at their institution, they will be considered a transfer students with 24 credits of coursework by the time they start at Mason
    • You may receive your Mason Admission decision after applying to the BSN program; however, Mason admission is a requirement for BSN admission
  • The first half of Anatomy and Physiology must be complete by the date of application
  • The remaining nursing curriculum must be complete by the end of Mason’s spring term (May 20) prior to the start of the nursing program in the fall:
    • Anatomy and Physiology II
    • Statistics
    • Developmental Psychology
    • Nutrition
  • In addition to the nursing prerequisites, a minimum of 12-14 credits must be completed of the Mason Core requirements
  • No grade lower than C (not C-) in all nursing curriculum, Mason Core, and elective courses
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 in the nursing curriculum
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0 in Mason Core course and elective prerequisite coursework
  • Submission of responses to short answer questions (topics provided by the School of Nursing)
  • Submission of a resume
  • Submission of the online BSN Application

Simply meeting the BSN Application prerequisites and eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission to the BSN program. It is extremely important for all applicants to have an alternative plan.

Curriculum Requirements

All applicants must complete the following curriculum by the end of Mason’s spring semester (May 20) prior to starting the nursing curriculum during the fall. 

Mason Core Requirements

A minimum of 12-14 credits of Mason Core requirements must be complete by the end of Mason’s spring semester (May 20) prior to starting the nursing curriculum during the fall. This is the FULL LIST of Mason Core Requirements:

  • English Composition (3 cr)
  • Communication (3 cr)
  • Western Civilization (3 cr)
  • Literature (3 cr)
  • Arts (3 cr)
  • Social Science (3 cr)
  • Global Understanding (3 cr)
  • Information Technology (3 cr)
  • Quantitative Reasoning (3 cr)
  • Electives (10 cr) – Refer to the Mason Catalog for recommended courses

Please see below for an example of courses to complete during your first year.

Nursing Curriculum Requirements

The following courses must be complete by the end of Mason’s spring semester (May 20) prior to starting the nursing curriculum during the fall:

  • Anatomy and Physiology I (4 cr)*
  • Anatomy and Physiology II (4 cr)*
  • Developmental Psychology (3 cr)
  • Nutrition (3 cr)*
  • Statistics (3 cr)*

Once students are admitted into the nursing program, these remaining nursing courses will be completed:

  • Chemistry (4 cr)*
  • Microbiology (4 cr)*
  • Bioethics (3 cr)

*Time Limits – Anatomy, Physiology, Chemistry, and Microbiology coursework cannot be more than five-years-old at the time of BSN enrollment.

Example Program Planning Form for the first year:

*Indicates courses that must be completed prior to starting nursing courses in the fall.

Online BSN Application

The Traditional BSN Direct Entry Application for incoming transfer students and current Mason students is completely online. All supporting materials are uploaded during the online BSN Application. Applicants may repeatedly log into their account to complete it.

Items to Upload

Items uploaded as part of the online BSN Application include the following:

  • Unofficial transcripts, one copy from each higher education institution attended
  • Responses to short answer prompts
  • Resume
  • $60 non-refundable BSN Application fee
  • A copy of spring course registration
  • If applicable:
    • Transcript evaluations of all international transcripts
    • A copy of unofficial AP, IB, or CLEP scores
    • A copy of active duty military ID
    • A copy of any licensures or certifications o A copy of all email correspondence with BSN Admissions Office,

Before finally submitting the BSN Application:

  • Applicants may return to their BSN Application
  • Applicants must upload all supporting materials
  • Applicants may not access their BSN Application once submitted
  • Applicants may only submit one BSN Application

Mason students must submit an unofficial copy of your Mason Transcript. If taking any spring courses, you must include your course registration.

All applicants – Please wait until your fall grades post before beginning the BSN Application.

Short Answer and Resume Requirements

Applicants to the Traditional BSN program must respond to short answer prompts and submit a resume with the online BSN Application. Please review the Short Answer and Resume Requirements webpage for details on the short answer prompts and resume guidelines. 

Decision Notification

The College's Office of Student Affairs will send decision letters via email by mid-March. All decisions of the Review Committee are final and cannot be appealed. Common reasons for denial include: sheer volume (given the number of applications received for the limited number of clinical spaces, other applicants presented stronger applications), incomplete application, nursing prerequisite/science GPA was not competitive, and/or received a grade below C in the required prerequisites.

We recommend that all applicants participate in our Traditional BSN Information Session to learn more about important application guidelines and expectations.