BSN: Bachelor of Science in Nursing

students being taught by an instructor in a simulation lab

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.

This program requires at least 59 prerequisite credits.

Seamlessly transfer credits when you start with:

Find out how your prerequisites transfer. 

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

This program will prepare you for a nursing career across a broad spectrum of acute, chronic, and community-based settings. 

Before beginning your studies at UMSON, you must complete your first two years of undergraduate education at another accredited college or university, ensuring you fulfill the necessary prerequisites.

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
  • 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
  • develop relationships with bright, driven students like you
  • 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 will:

  • be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN licensure exam, qualifying you for positions in a variety of health care settings
  • be prepared to succeed in a wide range of health care environments
  • have the qualifications you need to pursue graduate studies.

The BSN program has a rigorous curriculum and is offered at the University of Maryland, Baltimore and at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, Maryland.

Plans of Study

For financial aid purposes, there are credit minimums for full-time status that may differ from the plans of study. See details.

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

View information on the Foundations of Interprofessional Education and Practice Course.

Prior Plans of Study


Find out how your prerequisites transfer. 

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

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

*These prerequisite science courses must also have been completed within the last 10 years in order to be eligible for consideration.

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).

Scholarship Opportunities

Your nursing education is an important investment. Financial aid and scholarships can help make your goals a reality.

UMSON offers multiple opportunities to help you afford your undergraduate education.

Type of AidAward
Federal Financial Aid various award amounts
Merit Scholarships $2,500 per semester, or $10,000 total
(You are automatically considered for a merit scholarship upon submitting a completed application for enrollment in an UMSON academic program.)
Donor-Funded Scholarships $500-2,000 per semester
(offered during the fall and spring semesters)
Conway Scholarship full scholarship: tuition, fees, and books
(based on in-state tuition)
Clinical Scholars Program $5,000-$15,000 in exchange for an 18-36-month work commitment at University of Maryland Medical Center or Sinai Hospital
(available during your final semester)


Learn More About Financial Aid and Scholarships

All students receiving funds through the University must:

  • be enrolled at least half-time (6 credits) in a degree-seeking program
  • complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year by UMB's award priority deadline
    • FAFSA Submission period: Oct. 1 (of the previous year) through Feb. 28
    • FAFSA School code: 002104

The UMB Office of Student Financial Assistance & Education is available to guide prospective and current students through the FAFSA application process and the financial aid award package.

Contact Us:

UMSON Scholarships and Grants Office
410-706-0489 |

UMB Student Financial Assistance and Education Office
410-706-7347 |


Academic Partnerships

To help you get ahead, we've partnered with schools in Maryland to offer academic pathways that will simplify your busy life.

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get started in a pre-nursing track
four-year university Undergraduate Guaranteed Seat Partnerships
earn an Associate Degree in Nursing community college Dual-Admission Partnership
earn an undergraduate degree in a different field
four-year university Dual-Degree Partnerships

BSN Admission Information

In this section:


Fall 2020 Timeline
Application Opens Sept. 24, 2019
Deadline Feb. 1. 2020
Your online application and all supplemental materials must be received by this date.
Application Review mid-Feb. through mid-March
Admissions Decisions Announced mid-March through early April



  • 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 must submit all final grades by the end of December
    • fall applicants must submit all final grades by the end of July

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 and Instructions:


Submission Guidelines

Online Application and non-refundable $75 application fee.

Start your application now via the Admissions Dashboard.

The Admissions Dashboard is where you will:

  • submit your online application and fee
  • submit/request any supplemental documents
  • check your application status.

We recommend that you continue to log in for regular updates.

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

Submit/request these materials via the Admissions Dashboard.




Essay. Please submit a concise essay (200-word limit for each essay prompt). Your essays will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee so we may learn more about you; it also serves as a writing sample. Please respond to the two essay prompts:

  • Prompt 1: What do you think is the nurse's role in promoting social justice and health equity?
  • Prompt 2: Describe a challenge you face in your life and the strategies taken to overcome the challenge.

If there is additional information regarding your academic history that you wish to share with the Admissions Committee, please submit an additional essay (200 word limit) via the Additional Supplemental in this section.

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.

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.

Returning students are required to submit UMSON transcripts via the Office of the Registrar.

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

Have each institution submit electronically or 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

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.


Select UMSON when you take your test, or contact ATI to have your scores submitted to UMSON.

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 either by mail, e-mail, or fax to the Office of the Registrar using the instructions supplied at the bottom of the residency application. The completed application, signed and dated, should be submitted prior to the first day of enrollment for the term and program for which you are seeking admission.

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.

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 previous school accepted a score below your requirement so I did not have to take the course. Will UMSON?

No, if you did not meet UMSON’s minimum requirements you will need to take an appropriate course to satisfy the prerequisite.

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.

How long does it take for an AP/CLEP/IB score to be received?

It often takes more than 10 business days. If your score is archived it takes much longer. It is best to make your request early.

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

I requested my official score be sent to UMSON a while ago but it still hasn’t arrived and now the deadline has passed. Can my application still be reviewed? 

No, we require all transcripts by the deadline. It is recommended you request your score early to avoid this.

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.


“I chose nursing because I can practice, I can travel, I can educate, and I can get into policy. There are so many avenues to have an impact as a nurse, and we have a unique opportunity to change people’s perspectives and challenge their biases.” Read more. Julie Factor
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