Dual-Admission Partnerships

University of Maryland School of Nursing Dual-Admission Partnerships

Streamline the time it takes to earn your degrees.

Work on earning your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) at UMSON while completing your Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) at one of our partner community colleges.

  • Shorten your path to earning your BSN.
  • Immerse yourself in engaging, challenging upper-level BSN coursework early in your studies, so you’re prepared to succeed in the BSN program.
  • Many health care organizations require you to commit to earning your BSN when they hire you; get a jumpstart on fulfilling that promise.
  • We help you through a smooth transition from community college to our BSN program, so you don’t have to navigate it on your own.

How It Works

  1. Apply and be admitted to the University of Maryland School of Nursing’s BSN program while in your ADN program.
  2. Take UMSON prerequisite courses at your community college, and choose to begin taking UMSON RN-to-BSN nursing courses online or face to face.
  3. Seamlessly transfer 59 credits to UMSON, and earn an additional 30 credits when you become a licensed RN*.
  4. Complete your remaining nursing credits at UMSON after completing your ADN.

Through a close relationship among faculty advisors at both institutions, you’ll be guided and supported on your path to your BSN, ensuring you take appropriate courses at the right time to complete your degree as efficiently as possible.

*You must successfully complete the NCLEX exam and become licensed by the Maryland Board of Nursing.

Admission Requirements

Prior to submitting an application, you must meet with your community college dual admission coordinator to verify eligibility.


To be eligible for the dual admission program, you must: 

  • be admitted into your community college ADN program 
  • meet these GPA requirements:
    • 3.0 cumulative GPA
    • 2.75 cumulative science GPA, including all retakes of courses (chemistry I, anatomy and physiology I and II, microbiology)

Admissions Materials:


Submission Guidelines

Online Application
Dual-admission applicants are eligible for an application fee waiver. You will receive instructions after you meet with your community college dual admission coordinator.

Summer and Fall 2019 Applicants:

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Spring 2020 and Beyond Applicants:

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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.

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. 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 via online application, via email to admissions.nursing@umaryland.edu, or by mail.

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

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.


Your application must be submitted for the term after anticipated completion of your ADN. For example, if you are starting your ADN degree in spring 2018, you will complete our application for spring 2020.

If you have questions regarding the admissions requirements or process, contact Taylor Cones.