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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.

Find out how your prerequisites transfer.

Before you begin the admissions process, you can submit copies of your unofficial transcripts to us for review, and an admissions counselor will advise you on your requirements for admission.

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.

Plans of Study

Plan of Study for Fall 2017 and Later

A typical plan of study for full-time, upper-division BSN students enrolled fall 2017 and later:

First Semester
Course Number/Title Credits
NURS 310: Professional Role of the Registered Nurse 3
NURS 314: Physiologic and Pharmacologic Considerations for Health Promotion 3
NURS 316: Research and Evidence-based Practice 3
NURS 317: Fundamentals of Nursing Care in the Context of Older Adults 4
NURS 319: Health Assessment 3
Total 16**
Second Semester
Course Number/Title Credits
NURS 324: Pathopharmacology in Adults 3
NURS 327: Medical-Surgical Nursing in the Adult Population 7
NURS 329: Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing 5
Total 15
Third Semester
Course Number/Title Credits
NURS 410: Health Care Delivery System and Informatics 2
NURS 411: Infant, Child, and Adolescent Nursing 5
NURS 414: Complex Nursing Care of Patients with Co-Morbid Conditions 3
NURS 417: Maternity, Newborn and Women’s Health Nursing 5
Total 15
Fourth Semester
Course Number/Title Credits
NURS 421: Public Health: Population-Focused Nursing Care 5
NURS 429: Leadership and Clinical Practicum 7
NURS 418: Nursing Elective 3
Total 15
Total Credits 61
General Education & Prerequisite Courses 59
Total Credits for BSN Option 120

** Certified Nursing Assistants

Prior Plans of Study


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.

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, 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 elective credits are needed.
  • Social Sciences (3 credits): sociology, psychology, history, anthropology, political science, international relations, economics, geography, social work, legal studies, behavioral science.
  • Arts and Humanities (9 credits in at least two of the following disciplines): literature, foreign language (to include American sign language), linguistics, studio/visual art, art history, speech, music, history, women’s/cultural studies, theatre, dance, communications, philosophy, film and media studies, classics, humanities, religious studies (if completed at a non-religiously affiliated school).

BSN Admission Requirements and Application Deadlines

In this section:


  • fall enrollment: Feb. 1
  • spring enrollment: Sept. 1

All application materials must be submitted by the dates listed above.


  • an overall GPA of 3.0
  • a science GPA of 3.0 (chemistry, anatomy and physiology I and II, microbiology)
  • a degree from a U.S. high school, college, or university; otherwise, you are required to take the TOEFL or IETLS to demonstrate English proficiency (learn more)

Prerequisite Coursework:

Applicants are required to complete 59 credits of prerequisite course work from an accredited institution, as listed on the Prerequisite Course List.

  • Prior to applying, applicants must complete a minimum of:
    • two science courses (chemistry with lab, anatomy and physiology I and II with lab, and microbiology with lab)
    • one other course (human growth and development, statistics, and nutrition).
  • Applicants can have no more than four total courses in progress at the time of application. Additionally, due to the timing:
    • spring applicants cannot use winter semester courses as "in progress" courses
    • fall applicants cannot use summer session II courses as "in progress" courses.

The following prerequisite science courses must also have been completed within the last 10 years in order to be eligible for consideration:

  • Chemistry
  • Anatomy & Physiology I
  • Anatomy & Physiology II
  • Microbiology

Application Materials:


Submission Guidelines

Online Application and non-refundable $75 application fee.

Start your application now.

Essay. You may submit the essay portion with your online application. We recommend that you compose the essay portion using word processing software and copy and paste it into the text box in the online application.

Applicants are expected to respond to this question:
Florence Nightingale once reflected on her call to be a nurse and said "I did not think of going to give myself a position, but for the sake of common humanity." For many the call to become a nurse is deeply personal and is based on the desire to serve others. Please talk about your commitment to serving common humanity and what serving others means to you.

Submit via online application, via email to, or by mail.

Official transcripts. An official transcript from every institution previously attended or currently attending must be submitted in a sealed envelope, as prepared by the sending institution. Electronic transcripts from University System of Maryland institutions will be accepted in lieu of official, sealed transcripts.

  • Official AP, CLEP and IB scores must be submitted if being used for prerequisite credit. To use AP scores you must have scored a 4 or higher.
  • If you have completed coursework outside of the U.S., you must have your official transcript evaluated.

Failure to list all schools attended on the application and to submit the corresponding transcript(s) may make you ineligible for admission.

Submit by mail to:
University of Maryland School of Nursing
Office of Student and Academic Services
655 West Lombard Street, Suite 102
Baltimore, MD 21201-1579

Typed résumé or CV. Be sure to include your full name with your résumé submission.

Submit via email to:

Prerequisite Course List. Download, print, and complete the Prerequisite Course List. Prerequisite courses must be taken at regionally or nationally accredited schools. ACE credits are not accepted.

Submit via email to:

One recommendation. Your recommendation must come from a professor who can attest to your academic performance. Only the first recommendation received will be considered. 

Complete this form to generate a request to a recommender you identify. For all Spring 2019 and later applicants, a form and letter will be required.

Official Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) Scores. You are required to successfully complete this nursing entrance exam through the Assessment Technologies Institute.

FAQs regarding the TEAS can be found here.

For more information or for any registration issues, contact ATI at 1-800-667-7531.

Official scores of Version IV, V, or VI need to be received by UMSON no later than:

  • September 1 to be considered for spring
  • February 1 to be considered for fall admission. 

Residency classification. Applicants who are claiming in-state (Maryland) residency MUST apply for in-state status. 

Complete a residency application and submit it using the instructions supplied on the application.

Applicants without a High School Diploma or College Degree in the U.S:

  • If you do not have a degree from a U.S. high school, college, or university, you are required to demonstrate English proficiency.
  • If you have completed coursework outside of the U.S., you must have your transcripts evaluated.

More information.

If you have questions regarding the admissions requirements or process, contact the Office of Admissions to avoid errors that could delay the processing of your application.

Program Outcomes

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.

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.


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