A nursing education designed to be among the best in America.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that more than 581,500 new RN jobs will be created through 2018. The need for proven, dedicated nursing professionals has never been greater. Whether you're new to nursing or looking to expand and enhance your expertise, the University of Maryland School of Nursing offers you an exciting opportunity to make a difference.

UMSON offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree with two options:

  • The traditional BSN option is for those who do not have a previous nursing degree, as well as those who have a bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing.  
  • The RN-to-BSN option is for licensed RNs who have either a diploma in nursing or an associate degree in nursing. It is available in a classroom setting or completely online.


Students may complete the traditional BSN option at either the University of Maryland School of Nursing in Baltimore, Md. or at The Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, Md. Both the Baltimore and Shady Grove locations admit students in the fall and spring semesters. Both locations have identical curricula, course progression, and graduate requirements. Students may attend full-time or part-time; RN-to-BSN students may take classes at either location.

Choosing Your Location

The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is an urban university accessible by MARC trains, light rail, and bus lines. The main building for the School of Nursing was opened in 1998 and has integrated technology in the classrooms. Master's and doctoral nursing students attend classes at UMB, creating options for collaboration. Limited student housing is available. Reduced fees for student parking are available. Clinical assignments are typically in Baltimore, Annapolis, Washington, D.C. triangle. Students must furnish their own transportation to clinical sites.

The Universities at Shady Grove is a small interprofessional campus run by the University System of Maryland, located in the I-270 corridor, just off of Shady Grove Road. Many state-supported universities have programs at this location. The location has the advantages of a suburban setting, free parking, a smaller student body with a more intimate feel, and state-of-the-art technology in the classrooms. No student housing is available. Clinical assignments for nursing students at The Universities at Shady Grove are typically located at nearby institutions. Students are expected to furnish their own transportation to clinical sites.

BSN & RN-to-BSN Prerequisites

Students must successfully complete required coursework in the social and behavioral sciences, the natural and physical sciences and the arts and humanities. These lower-division pre-professional courses may be completed at any accredited college or university. Students who have completed coursework in Maryland may review transfer courses at ARTSYS – Articulation System for Maryland Colleges and Universities. This is an online evaluation system that enables students to determine how courses taken at any two year college in Maryland transfer to any four year college or university in Maryland. Visit the ARTSYS website at http://artweb.usmd.edu.

Students may mail or fax unofficial transcripts to the Office of Admissions for evaluation or bring transcripts to one of the Information Sessions conducted by the Office of Admissions. The Unofficial Transcript Evaluation Request Form (Word) must accompany all submitted transcripts. (Normal response time is two weeks. However, requests received the month prior to and after an application deadline may take longer for processing. All requests will be processed as quickly as possible in the order received.)

Only the courses in bold (below) are required for applicants who will have an undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year institution prior to the start term:

Prerequisite Courses Credits
English Composition 6
General Chemistry with Lab 4
Human Anatomy & Physiology with Lab I 4
Human Anatomy & Physiology with Lab II 4
Microbiology with Lab 4
Introduction to Psychology 3
Introduction to Sociology 3
Social Science Elective (sociology, psychology, anthropology, political science, economics, geography, history, social work) 3
Human Growth and Development 3
Statistics 3
Mathematics (college algebra or higher) 3
Humanities* (literature, language, art, history, mathematics, philosophy, speech, music) 9
Nutrition 3
General Electives 7
Minimum Total 59

Please Note:

  • Each course may only be used to fulfill one prerequisite.
  • A minimum of seven general electives are needed.
  • Social science electives include psychology, sociology, anthropology, social work, political science, geography, history, criminal justice, economics, and women's studies.
  • Humanities include three courses from at least two of the following disciplines: literature, language, art, music, history, philosophy, speech, mathematics, communications, women's studies, theatre, and dance.

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