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RN-to-BSN

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The University of Maryland School of Nursing offers the RN-to-BSN for registered nurses pursuing expanded education and career opportunities. Here, you will sharpen your critical thinking skills and strengthen your communication and leadership competencies while building relationships with other highly motivated students. 

Overview

As an RN-to-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.

This option is for licensed RNs who have either a diploma in nursing or an associate degree in nursing. The plan of study is designed specifically for registered nurses. To graduate, you must complete a minimum of 59 undergraduate credits in the social and behavioral sciences, the natural and physical sciences, and the arts and humanities. We also award credit to students with a valid registered nursing license.

We offer full-time and part-time options at two locations—Baltimore and the Universities at Shady Grove—as well as a 100% online option

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 RN-to-BSN students enrolled prior to fall 2014 is described below. Individual student plans may vary. Part-time study is available.

First Semester
Course Title Credits
NURS 320 Science and Research for Nursing Practice 3
NURS 325 Context of Care Delivery I 2
NURS 331 Gerontological Nursing 3
NURS 333 Health Assessment 3
NURS 418 Directed Elective 3
  Total 14
Second Semester
Course Title Credits
NURS 403 Community Health Nursing 5
NURS 405 Informatics and Technology 3
NURS 418 Directed Elective 3
NURS 418 Directed Elective 3
NURS 425 Organizational Leadership and Management 3
  Total 17
Total Credits
Program of Study Credits 31
General Education & Prerequisite Courses 59
Credits Awarded for Valid Nursing License 30
 Total Credits for RN to BSN Option 120

For Students Enrolled Fall 2014 and Later

A typical plan of study for full-time RN-to-BSN students enrolled fall 2014 and later is described below. Individual student plans may vary. Part-time study is available.

First Semester
Course Title Credits
NURS 450 RN-to-BSN Transition: Implications for Practice, Policy, and the Profession 3
NURS 452 Nursing Research and Evidence-based Care for the Registered Nurse 3
NURS 454 Pathophysiologic Implications to Patient Assessment 5
NURS 418 Nursing Elective 3
  Total 14
Second Semester
Course Title Credits
NURS 460 Health Informatics for the Registered Nurse 3
NURS 462 Nursing Leadership and Management for the Registered Nurse 3
NURS 467 Public Health Nursing Essentials for the Registered Nurse 5
NURS 418 Nursing Elective 3
NURS 418 Nursing Elective 3
  Total 17
Total Credits
RN-to-BSN Program of Study Credits 31
General Education & Prerequisite Courses 59
Credits Awarded for Valid Nursing License 30
Total Credits for RN-to-BSN Option 120

Admission Requirements

Before applying to the RN-BSN program, you must have:

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

  • Complete the Confirmation Form 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 Confirmation Form. The enrollment deposit is credited to your tuition charges. You are encouraged to pay your deposit online at http://www.simsweb.umaryland.edu.
  • 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 new student orientation. Please note that students admitted to the RN-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 may 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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