Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The University of Maryland School of Nursing offers the RN-to-BSN for registered nurses pursuing expanded education and career opportunities.

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.

Sharpen your critical thinking skills and strengthen your communication and leadership competencies while building relationships with other highly motivated students.

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 (two semesters) and part-time options at three locations:

Courses are also offered online and in a blended format.

Interested in earning a master's degree? Check out our RN-to-MS option.

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.

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).

RN-to-BSN Admission Deadlines and Requirements

In this section:


Deadlines:

  • fall enrollment: July 15
  • spring enrollment: Dec. 1

The Admissions Committee will review completed applications on a rolling basis and release decisions accordingly. Competitive applicants will be offered admission first. Space is limited so applicants are encouraged to apply early.


Qualifications:

  • an overall GPA of 3.0
  • a preferred science GPA of 2.75 (chemistry, anatomy and physiology I and II, microbiology)
  • 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, applicats should 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.

Admissions Materials:

Materials

Submission Guidelines

Online Application and non-refundable $75 application fee.

Start your application now.

One recommendation. Recommendation must come from a professional or academic source (e.g., an academic advisor, nursing program instructor, or nurse manager or supervisor). 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 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

Essay. Please submit a concise essay (no more than 300 words) that clearly describes how the completion of the RN to BSN option will influence your nursing practice. Your essay will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee so that we may learn more about you; it also serves as a writing sample. The Admissions Committee is looking for a well-articulated response.

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.

Submit these materials via our Supplemental Documents Form.

(Alternatively, we accept submissions via email.)

 

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

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.

A copy of your active, unrestricted State of Maryland or compact state RN license. For a current list of compact states, see the Maryland Board of Nursing website; if you hold an active Maryland RN license, send us a copy of your printable license verification, available on the Maryland Board of Nursing website.

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.

This program is not eligible for F-1 or J-1 student visa sponsorship by the University of Maryland, Baltimore due to the amount of online courses.


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.

Plans of Study

Students who need to maintain a certain academic credit courseload for scholarship requirements should speak with their advisor to ensure compliance.

Plans of Study for Fall 2014 and Beyond:

Plans of Study Prior to Fall 2014:


Sample Full-Time Plan of Study: Two Semesters

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. 

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

NURS 450 and NURS 452 are prerequisites for NURS 460, NURS 462, and NURS 467. NURS 454 and NURS 460 may be taken with or before NURS 467.

**This course requires 90 hours of practice/clinical time in addition to coursework. 


Sample Part-Time Plan of Study: 3 Semesters

This part-time plan of study is simply an example; you will develop your plan of study in consultation with an advisor.

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 418 Nursing Elective 3
  Total 9
Second Semester 
NURS 454 Pathophysiologic Implications to Patient Assessment 5
NURS 418 Nursing Elective 3
NURS 418 Nursing Elective
3
  Total 11
Third Semester
NURS 460 Health Informatics for the Registered Nurse 3
NURS 467 Public Health Nursing Essentials for the Registered Nurse** 5
NURS 462 Nursing Leadership and Management for the Registered Nurse 3
  Total 11
 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
  • Availability of classes may vary semester to semester.
  • NURS 450 and NURS 452 are prerequisites for NURS 460, NURS 462, and NURS 467. NURS 454 and NURS 460 may be taken with or before NURS 467.
  • The Nursing Electives (NURS 418) can be taken in any semester as long as you are meeting requirements for prerequisites for your other courses.

**This course requires 90 hours of practice/clinical time in addition to coursework. 


Sample Part-Time Plan of Study: 3 Semesters Plus Summer

This part-time plan of study is simply an example; you will develop your plan of study in consultation with an advisor.

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 418 Nursing Elective 3
  Total 9
Second Semester 
NURS 454 Pathophysiologic Implications to Patient Assessment 5
NURS 418 Nursing Elective 3
  Total 8
Summer Session  
NURS 460 Health Informatics for the Registered Nurse 3
NURS 418 Nursing Elective 3
  Total 6
Third Semester
NURS 467 Public Health Nursing Essentials for the Registered Nurse** 5
NURS 462 Nursing Leadership and Management for the Registered Nurse 3
  Total 8
 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
  • Availability of classes may vary semester to semester.
  • NURS 450 and NURS 452 are prerequisites for NURS 460, NURS 462, and NURS 467. NURS 454 and NURS 460 may be taken with or before NURS 467.
  • The Nursing Electives (NURS 418) can be taken in any semester as long as you are meeting requirements for prerequisites for your other courses.

**This course requires 90 hours of practice/clinical time in addition to coursework. 

Transfer of Credit by Examination

What credit by examinations do you accept?

The University of Maryland School of Nursing recognizes the following proficiency examination programs for credit:

  • Advanced Placement (AP)
  • College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)
  • International Baccalaureate Exams (IB)

Required tests scores, credits, and transfer equivalency are determined by UMSON. Credits earned through AP, CLEP, or IB may be used to fulfill UMSON prerequisite coursework requirements.

How do I know if my score can be used, and how do I request a score?

Advanced Placement (AP) 

UMSON will award credit on the scores listed on the AP Transfer Equivalencies for UMSON Chart.

Request your score.

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

UMSON will award credit on the scores listed on the CLEP Transfer Equivalencies for UMSON Chart.

Request your score.

International Baccalaureate Exams (IB)

UMSON will award credit on the scores listed on the IB Transfer Equivalencies for UMSON Chart.

Request your score.

Can I use a score that falls below the requirement?

No. Scores that fall below the listed requirements cannot be used towards credit.

My scores are listed on my transcript, do I still need to send an official AP, CLEP, or IB transcript?

Yes. Credit will not be awarded without an official AP, CLEP, or IB transcript.

Where do I submit my credit by exam transcript?

Official transcripts are required if requesting to use towards UMSON prerequisites. All AP, CLEP, or IB scores should be sent to:

University of Maryland School of Nursing
655 West Lombard St., Suite 102
Baltimore, MD 21202

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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