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

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:

Recommended Sequence

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 byCoursework for the major. 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

Coursework for the majorLower-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
  • Coursework for the majorIFSM 305 Information Systems in Health Care Organizations (3)
  • Coursework for the majorNURS 350 Global Health and Policy Issues (3)
  • Coursework for the majorHMGT 372 Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Care (3)
  • Coursework for the majorNURS 420 Advocacy and Politics in Nursing (3)
  • Coursework for the majorNURS 300 Science and Research in Nursing (3)
  • Coursework for the majorNURS 410 Applying Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing (3)
  • Coursework for the majorNURS 360 Health Assessment (3)
  • Coursework for the majorNURS 460 Family and Community Health Nursing (3)
  • Coursework for the majorGERO 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)

  • Coursework for the majorNURS 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

1 Source: "The Online College Labor Market," Georgetown University Center for Education and the Workforce, based on data from Burning Glass Technologies, 2014.
2 Source:Recovery: Job Growth and Education Requirements Through 2020,” Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, 2013.

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