Major in Nursing for Registered Nurses (RN to BSN)
Students with an active unencumbered registered nurse license and an associate’s degree in nursing may seek an academic major in nursing for registered nurses.
The nursing for registered nurses major is designed to build on the clinical and practical experiences of registered nurses and provide the skills and knowledge necessary for a successful career in nursing. The curriculum covers global health, community and family nursing, nursing leadership and management, nursing research, information technology, and business principles. The program helps prepare graduates to assume leadership roles in diverse and challenging settings, be accountable for their client care, provide exceptional evidence-based nursing care to all patients, and be equipped for graduate study.
Intended Program Outcomes
The student who graduates with a major in nursing for registered nurses should be able to
- Demonstrate clinical reasoning in selecting and applying appropriate health care approaches for individuals, families, and communities along the wellness continuum.
- Evaluate, synthesize, and apply research to promote evidence-based nursing practice.
- Apply management and leadership concepts in various settings to promote health.
- Evaluate and communicate the effects of health policy and health care systems on the nursing profession and the delivery of care.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the value of continuous personal and professional development as the nature of health care evolves.
Degree Requirements Update
Degree requirements are being updated for fall 2015. How does this affect you? Your degree requirements may vary depending on when you start your program.
- If you are starting your degree this summer, please follow the degree requirements for the 2014–15 school year listed on this page or in the 2014–15 Nursing for Registered Nurses Degree Planning Worksheet
- If you are starting your degree this fall, please follow the 2015–16 Nursing for Registered Nurses Degree Planning Worksheet
- If you are a current student, please follow the degree requirements for the year you began your program, available in the catalog archive
A degree with a major in nursing for registered nurses requires the successful completion of 120 credits of coursework, including 30 credits for the major; 41 credits in general education requirements; and 49 credits in the minor, electives, and other degree requirements. At least 15 credits in the major must be earned in upper-level courses (numbered 300 or above).
Requirements for the Nursing for Registered Nurses Major
Coursework for a major in nursing for registered nurses includes the following lower-level coursework taken as part of an appropriate degree program at an approved community college or other institution:
Required related courses (18 credits), which may be applied anywhere in the bachelor’s degree: general microbiology with lab, human anatomy and physiology I with lab, human anatomy and physiology II with lab, introduction to psychology, introduction to sociology
Coursework for a major in nursing for registered nurses also includes the following:
- Required core courses (24 credits): NURS 300, 350, 360, 410, 420, 460; HMGT 372; and IFSM 305
- Supplemental course (3 credits): NURS 486A or GERO 302
- Capstone course (3 credits): NURS 495
The following course sequence will fulfill all the requirements for the BSN in nursing for registered nurses (if the student selects appropriate courses as part of the transfer coursework). Coursework for the major is indicated by. Since some recommended courses fulfill more than one requirement, substituting courses for those listed may make it necessary to take additional courses to meet degree requirements. Students should consult an advisor whenever taking advantage of other options. Information on alternate courses (where allowable) to fulfill general education requirements (in communications, arts and humanities, behavioral and social sciences, biological and physical sciences, mathematics, and interdisciplinary issues).
Nursing for Registered Nurses Degree Courses
Required Courses from Transfer Institution
Lower-level coursework in the following areas (18):
- General microbiology with lab
- Human anatomy and physiology I with lab
- Human anatomy and physiology II with lab
- Introduction to sociology
- Introduction to psychology
First Courses (to be taken within the first 18 credits at UMUC if not brought in transfer)
Note: Placement tests are required for math and writing courses.
- LIBS 150 Introduction to Research (1)
- WRTG 101 Introduction to Writing (3)
or WRTG 101S Introduction to Writing (3)
- MATH 106 Finite Mathematics (3)
or a higher-level math course
Introductory and General Education Courses (to be taken within the first 30 credits)
- IFSM 201 Concepts and Applications of Information Technology (3)
(prerequisite to major course)
- WRTG 293 Introduction to Professional Writing (3)
or other writing course
- HUMN 100 Introduction to Humanities (3)
or other arts and humanities course
- HIST 125 Technological Transformations (3)
or other arts and humanities/historical perspective course (discipline must differ from other humanities course)
- COMM 202 Media and Society (3)
or other communication, writing, or speech course
- CMIS 111 Social Networking and Cybersecurity Best Practices (3)
or other computing course
Additional Required Courses (to be taken after introductory and general education courses)
- WRTG 393 Advanced Technical Writing (3)
or other upper-level advanced writing course
- IFSM 305 Information Systems in Health Care Organizations (3)
- NURS 350 Global Health and Policy Issues (3)
- HMGT 372 Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Care (3)
- NURS 420 Advocacy and Politics in Nursing (3)
- NURS 300 Science and Research in Nursing (3)
- NURS 410 Applying Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing (3)
- NURS 360 Health Assessment (3)
- NURS 460 Family and Community Health Nursing (3)
- GERO 302 Health and Aging (3)
or NURS 486A Workplace Learning in a Clinical Setting (3)
Capstone Course for Major (to be taken in last 15 credits)
- NURS 495 Leadership and Management in Nursing (3)
Minor and/or Elective Courses (to be taken in the last 60 credits along with required major courses) (44)
Total credits for BSN in nursing for registered nurses: 120
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