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Our BSN is a rigorous and nationally respected program that transforms students who are new to the field into top-tier nurses—professionals who can make an immediate and lasting impact in any health care setting.


As a BSN student, you will learn from faculty who are leaders in their fields, scientists who are on the cutting edge of nursing research, and expert clinicians with decades of experience. While they're a diverse group, they have one main goal: Help you become an exceptional registered nurse. 

During your coursework, you will build your nursing competencies in state-of-the-art facilities and develop relationships with bright, driven students like you. You will also take part in engaging clinical experiences that challenge you to succeed in real-life situations and teach you clinical decision making. Simulation is integrated into all clinical courses. 

Once you've completed your degree, you'll not only be prepared to succeed in a wide range of health care environments, you'll have the qualifications you need to pursue graduate studies.

Program Details

Interested in the BSN? Review these essential resources:

Sample Plans of Study

For Students Enrolled Prior to Fall 2014

A typical plan of study for full-time, upper-division BSN students enrolled prior to fall 2014:

First Semester
Course Title Credits
NURS 304 Introduction to Professional Nursing Practice 4
NURS 315 Pathopharmacology 5
NURS 320 Science and Research for Nursing Practice  3
NURS 333 Health Assessment 3
  Total 15
Second Semester
Course Title Credits
NURS 325 Context of Health Care Delivery I 2
NURS 330 Adult Health Nursing 7
NURS 331 Gerontological Nursing 3
NURS 405  Informatics and Technology 3
  Total 15
Third Semester
Course Title Credits
NURS 407 Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family 5
NURS 308 Nursing Care of Infants/Children: A Family Perspective 4
NURS 402 Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing 5
NURS 418 Directive Elective (if not previously completed) 3
  Total 17
Fourth Semester
Course Title Credits
NURS 403 Community Health Nursing 5
NURS 425 Organizational Leadership and Management 3
NURS 487 Clinical Emphasis Practicum and Seminar 6
  Total 14
Total Credits 61
General Education & Prerequisite Courses 59
Total Credits for BSN Option 120

For Students Enrolled Fall 2014 and Later

A typical plan of study for full-time, upper-division BSN students enrolled fall 2014 and later:

First Semester
Title Credits
Professional Role of the Registered Nurse 3
Physiologic and Pharmacologic Considerations for Health Promotion 4
Research and Evidenced-Based Practice 3
Fundamentals of Nursing Care in the Context of Older Adults 3
Health Assessment 3
Total 16
Second Semester
Title Credits
Pathopharmacology in Adults 3
Medical-Surgical Nursing in the Adult Population 7
Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing 5
Total 15
Third Semester
Title Credits
Health Care Delivery System and Informatics 2
Infant, Child, and Adolescent Nursing 5
Complex Nursing Care of Patients with Co-Morbid Conditions 3
Maternity, Newborn, and Women’s Health Nursing 5
Total 15
Fourth Semester
Title Credits
Public Health: Population-Focused Nursing Care 5
Leadership and Clinical Practicum 7
Nursing Elective 3
Total 15
Total Credits 61
General Education & Prerequisite Courses 59
Total Credits for BSN Option 120

Admission Requirements

Before applying to the BSN program, you must have:

To accept our offer of admission to the BSN program you must:

  • Complete the Enrollment Agreement and return it to: University of Maryland School of Nursing, Office of Student and Academic Services, Suite 102, 655 W. Lombard Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
  • Submit a $400 non-refundable enrollment deposit with your completed Enrollment Agreement. The enrollment deposit is credited against your tuition charges. You are encouraged to pay your deposit online at
  • Complete an American Heart Association or American Red Cross CPR course for the Health Care Provider/Professional Rescuer. You must submit a photocopy of your CPR certification card (front and back) to the Office of Student and Academic Services. Web-based courses are not accepted.
  • Successfully complete the required prerequisite courses (Word) and provide an official transcript of the course(s) and grade(s).
  • Provide an official transcript for any coursework in which you are currently enrolled. Our offer of admission will be withdrawn if you fail to submit an official transcript by the deadline noted below. Please note that students admitted to the traditional BSN option must earn a minimum grade of “B” in any additional coursework completed prior to enrolling at the School of Nursing and must present a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.0 (“B”) otherwise admission will be withdrawn.
  • Complete and send your Medical History Form to: Student and Employee Health, 29 South Paca Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. Visit UMB Student Health for details.
  • Submit written notification of any change in your permanent address, mailing address, or telephone number to the UMSON Office of Records and Registrations, Room 108.

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What You'll Do

Program Outcomes for Students Enrolled Prior to Fall 2014

  • Articulate a personal philosophy of nursing that serves as a framework for professional practice.
  • Adhere to ethical, legal, and regulatory mandates and professional standards for nursing practice.
  • Use insight, intuition, empathy, empirical knowledge, reasoning and creative analysis for critical thinking in all aspects of professional practice.
  • Use evidence-based knowledge from nursing and related disciplines to shape practice.
  • Use communication skills to establish therapeutic, caring, and collaborative relationships.
  • Conduct assessments of individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations as the basis for planning and delivering care.
  • Demonstrate clinical competencies needed for the delivery of safe and effective nursing care in a variety of health care settings and additional competencies in an individually selected emphasis area.
  • Provide nursing care that reflects sensitivity to physical, social, cultural, spiritual, and environmental diversity of persons.
  • Use current and emerging information handling and other technologies as integral components of professional nursing practice.
  • Use resource management, delegation, and supervision strategies in planning, implementing, and evaluating nursing care.
  • Critique research findings for their applicability to theory-based practice.
  • Collaborate with experienced investigators in identification of clinical problems, access to sites, protection of human subjects, data collection, and dissemination of findings.
  • Use political, economical, organizational, educational, and advocacy strategies to improve health care delivery to individuals, groups, families, communities, and national and global populations.
  • Function as a leader in health care systems, in professional organizations, and within interdisciplinary teams for the promotion of health, prevention of disease, and management of care delivery.
  • Accept personal accountability for lifelong learning, professional growth, and commitment to the advancement of the profession.

Program Outcomes for Students Enrolled Fall 2014 and Later

  • Combine theoretical knowledge from the sciences, humanities, and nursing as a foundation to professional nursing practice that focuses on health promotion and prevention of disease for individuals, families, communities, and populations.
  • Use the nursing process to manage care for individuals, families, communities, and populations integrating physical, psychological, social, cultural, spiritual, and environmental considerations.
  • Integrate competencies in leadership, quality improvement, and patient safety to improve health and promote interdisciplinary care.
  • Use the research process through translation of evidence-based findings to advance professional nursing and the delivery of health care.
  • Incorporate information management and patient care technology in the delivery of quality patient-centered care.
  • Integrate knowledge of health care policy from social, economic, political, legislative, and professional perspectives to influence the delivery of care to individuals, families, communities, and populations.
  • Employ interprofessional communication and collaboration to ensure safe, quality care across the lifespan
  • Use principles of ethics, legal responsibility, and accountability to guide professional nursing practices across the lifespan and across the health care continuum.
  • Accept personal accountability for lifelong learning, professional growth, and commitment to the advancement of the profession.

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