Advance your career. Develop specialized knowledge in critical areas of contemporary health care, all while completing your BSN.

Care Coordination with Health IT Focus Area

What is it?

The Care Coordination with Health IT focus area allows  students to explore how health information technology can facilitate the organization of patient care activities and information sharing among all patient care providers to achieve safer and more effective care.

The focus area includes three courses that all apply to the credits required for the RN-to-BSN program, meaning that completing this focus area doesn't require you to take any additional credits:

  • Health Informatics for Registered Nurses (NURS 460)
  • Care Coordination: Theoretical Foundations and Applications (NURS 418, elective)
  • Care Coordination: Outcome Measurement and Practice Improvement (NURS 418, elective). 

Through these three courses, you’ll explore critical nursing concepts such as:

  • traditional and emerging models of care coordination and care transitions
  • improving care coordination through health information technology
  • measuring outcomes of care coordination in health care delivery. 

You can complete this focus area as part of your BSN without adding additional courses, time, or money to your degree. 


Who can take this focus area? 

This focus is for RN-to-BSN students who want to learn more about applying care coordination and health informatics concepts and skills to improve patient care, and we make it easy:

  • Faculty advisors will work with you to plan the proper course sequencing.
  • You can complete this focus area as a part-time or full-time student.
  • The focus area can be completed entirely online; no in-person coursework is required. 

Why should I choose this focus area? 

  • You will develop specialized expertise in care coordination informed by health information technology while you complete your BSN degree, and you can complete the focus area using the three electives in your BSN plan of study.
  • It’s official: Your academic transcript will note that you completed the three-course focus.
  • You’ll be learning the most up-to-date, relevant material, as our courses were developed in collaboration with academic and health care experts.   

How do I get started?

When you  at the University of Maryland School of Nursing, you’ll indicate your interest in completing this focus area on the application for admission.


Questions? Contact Eun-Shim Nahm, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor and director, Nursing Informatics master’s specialty.

Substance Use and Addictions Focus Area

What is it?

The Substance Use and Addictions focus area allows RN-to-BSN students to gain specialized understanding of and competencies in addictions nursing that translate to other nursing practice areas. 

The focus area includes three courses that count toward credits required for the RN-to-BSN program, meaning you can complete this focus area without taking any additional credits:

  • Addiction, Society, and the Role of the Nurse (NURS 418, 3-credit elective)
  • Motivational Interviewing (NURS 418, 3-credit elective)
  • Public Health Nursing Essentials for the Registered Nurse (NURS 467, 5-credit requirement)

Through these three courses, you will explore critical nursing concepts such as:

  • screening, assessment, intervention, recovery, and advocacy related to addictions
  • communication strategies to facilitate client-centered behavioral changes applicable to addictions and all health care encounters
  • population-focused aspects of substance use and addiction.

You can complete this focus area as part of your BSN without adding additional courses, time, or costs to your degree. 


Who can take this focus area? 

This is for RN-to-BSN students who want to learn more about substance use and addictions concepts and skills to improve patient care, and we make it easy:

  • Faculty advisors will work with you to plan the proper course sequencing.
  • You can complete this focus area as a part-time or full-time student.
  • The focus area can be completed online (with clinical component in the community). 

Why should I choose this focus area? 

  • You will develop specialized competencies applicable in most health care settings, while you complete your BSN.
  • This focus area will also help prepare RNs for the Certified Addictions Nursing Certification (CARN) exam. 
  • You’ll be learning the most up-to-date, relevant material, as our courses were developed in collaboration with academic and health care experts in current practice.   
  • It’s official: Your academic transcript will note that you completed the three-course focus.

How do I get started?

When you apply to the RN-to-BSN program at the University of Maryland School of Nursing, indicate your interest in completing this focus area on the application for admission.


Questions? Contact Victoria Selby, PhD, CRNP-PMH, PMHNP-BC, assistant professor.