Go above and beyond: Advance to preferred positions in nursing, research, and public health with a bachelor's degree in nursing.

University of Maryland University College's Bachelor of Science in Nursing for registered nurses provides a pathway for career advancement and preparation for graduate study, building on your established clinical and practical experiences. Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, this program will help equip you to assume the role of the professional nurse in diverse and challenging settings, take on responsibility for client care, and provide exceptional evidence-based nursing care to patients. For more about CCNE accreditation, please see Program Accreditation below.

These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2017–2018 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit the catalog archive in the Current Students section.

About the Nursing for Registered Nurses Bachelor's Degree

In your nursing courses, you'll build on your established clinical and practical experiences. The curriculum covers health assessment, global health, family and community health nursing, nursing leadership and management, nursing research, information technology, evidence-based practice, gerontology, legal and ethical issues in healthcare, and advocacy. The coursework can help prepare you to assume leadership roles in diverse and challenging settings, take on responsibility for client care, and provide exceptional evidence-based nursing care to patients.

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Demonstrate clinical reasoning in selecting and applying healthcare approaches for individuals, families, and communities
  • Evaluate 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 healthcare systems on the nursing profession and the delivery of care
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the value of continuous personal and professional development as healthcare evolves

Nursing for Registered Nurses Bachelor's Degree Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Courses in the Major

  • NURS 300
  • IFSM 305
  • NURS 360
  • NURS 350
  • HMGT 372
  • NURS 420
  • NURS 410
  • NURS 460
  • GERO 302 or NURS 486A
  • NURS 495

General Education Requirements

Research Course

  • LIBS 150
    (to be taken in first 6 credits)

Writing and Communication Courses

  • WRTG 101
  • WRTG 293 or other writing course
  • COMM 202 or other communication, writing, or speech course
  • WRTG 393 or other advanced upper-level writing course

Arts and Humanities Courses

  • HIST 125 or other arts and humanities course
  • HUMN 100 or other arts and humanities course

Behavioral and Social Sciences Courses

  • PSYC 100
    (related requirement for the major)
  • SOCY 100
    (related requirement for the major)

Biological and Physical Sciences Courses

  • 7 credits of lower-level coursework including general microbiology with lab and human anatomy and physiology I with lab, completed as part of the associate's degree program
    (This coursework needs to be completed prior to starting nursing courses; if these courses are not part of transfer credit coursework, please contact an advisor for information on completing these required courses)

Math Course

  • MATH 106 or other 3-credit approved math or statistics course

Computing Courses

  • IFSM 201
    (prerequisite to later course)
  • CMIS 111
    (requirement may be fulfilled by IFSM 305)

Since some recommended courses fulfill more than one requirement, substituting courses for those listed may require you to take additional courses to meet degree requirements. Consult an advisor whenever taking advantage of other options. Please also see more information on alternate courses (where allowable) to fulfill general education requirements.

Overall Bachelor's Degree Requirements

In addition to the general education requirements and the major, minor, and elective requirements, the overall requirements listed below apply to all bachelor's degrees.

  • You must complete a minimum of 120 credits
  • You must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 overall and a minimum grade of C for any class applied to the academic major or minor
  • Within the 120 credits required, the following coursework must be taken through UMUC:
    • 30 credits (normally the final 30)
    • Half of the required number of credits within both the major and the minor
    • 15 credits at the upper level (earned in classes numbered 300 to 499), preferably within the major or minor
  • At least 45 credits must be upper level and include
    • At least half of the credits required for the major
    • 3 credits in advanced writing
  • The remaining upper-level credits can be earned in any part of the curriculum
  • At least half the required number of credits for any academic major or minor must be earned through graded coursework. Credit earned by examination, portfolio assessment, or noncollegiate training does not count as graded coursework

Double majors: You can earn a dual major upon completion of all requirements for both majors, including the required minimum number of credits for each major and all related requirements for both majors. The same class cannot be used to fulfill requirements for more than one major. Certain restrictions (including use of credit and acceptable combinations of majors) apply for double majors. You cannot major in two programs with excessive overlap of required coursework. Contact an admissions counselor before selecting a double major.

Second bachelor's degree: To earn a second bachelor's degree, you must complete at least 30 credits through UMUC after completing the first degree. The combined credit in both degrees must add up to at least 150 credits. You must complete all requirements for the major. All prerequisites apply. If any of these requirements were satisfied in the previous degree, the remainder necessary to complete the minimum 30 credits of new classes should be satisfied with classes related to your major. You may not earn a second bachelor's degree in general studies and may not obtain a second associate's degree within the second bachelor's degree. Contact an admissions counselor before pursuing a second bachelor's degree.

Electives: Electives can be taken in any academic discipline. No more than 21 credits can consist of vocational or technical credit. Pass/fail credit, up to a maximum of 18 credits, can be applied toward electives only.

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you for career advancement in clinical research or public health nursing and provides preparation for graduate study in nursing.

Program Admission Requirements

UMUC's Bachelor of Science in Nursing for registered nurses (RN to BSN) is only open to students who have an associate's degree in nursing or a diploma from a registered nursing education program that is recognized by the appropriate State Board of Nursing.

State-Specific Details

Students must reside in and have an active, unencumbered nursing license in an approved state, including Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and Washington, DC, at the time of admission and throughout completion of the program.

Student Clubs and Organizations

Nursing Club

Type: Academic club
Available To: Undergraduate

The Nursing Club is a student- and alumni-led group where members can collaborate and share information on resources, scholarships, and career opportunities. Students and alumni are encouraged to network with one another and discuss topics that are of interest to the nursing community.

Program Accreditation

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)The baccalaureate degree in nursing at UMUC is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791. CCNE is a specialized accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.