Nursing for Registered Nurses Bachelor's Degree

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 online bachelor's degree in nursing for registered nurses provides a pathway for career advancement in clinical research or public health nursing and provides preparation for graduate study in nursing.

About the Nursing for Registered Nurses Bachelor's Degree

In your courses for your bachelor's degree in nursing, 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.

In addition, two practice experiences will help familiarize you with the role of the baccalaureate-prepared nurse. The curriculum will help prepare 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.

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Demonstrate clinical reasoning in selecting and applying health care 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 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 health care 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.

Classes in the Major

General Education Requirements*

Writing and Communication Classes | 12 Credits

  • Introduction to Writing (WRTG 101)
         Or Introduction to Writing (WRTG 101s)
  • Introduction to Professional Writing (WRTG 293)
         Or other writing course
  • Media and Society (COMM 202)
         Or other communication, writing or speech course
  • Advanced Technical Writing (WRTG 393)
         Or other advanced upper-level writing course

Research Class | 1 Credit

Arts and Humanities Classes | 6 Credits

  • Technological Transformations (HIST 125)
  • Introduction to Humanities (HUMN 100)

Behavioral and Social Science Classes | 6 Credits

  • Introduction to Psychology (PSYC 100)
         (Related requirement for the major)
  • Introduction to Sociology (SOCY 100)
         (Related requirement for the major)

Math Class | 3 Credits

  • Finite Mathematics (MATH 106)
         Or other 3-credit MATH course at or above the level of college

Computing Classes | 6 Credits

  • Concepts and Applications of Information Technology (IFSM 201)
        (Prerequisite to later course)
  • Social Networking and Cybersecurity Best Practices (CMIS 111)
        (requirement may be fulfilled by IFSM 305 Information Systems
        in Health Care Organizations)

Biological and Physical Sciences Classes | 7 Credits

  • Lower-level coursework including: General microbiology with lab* and Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 with lab,* completed prior to progressing to the courses in the nursing major.

Supporting Required Courses

  • Human anatomy and physiology II with lab*

*If these courses are not part of transfer credit coursework, please contact an adviser for obtaining permission to complete these courses at a community college. These courses must be completed before advancing to the courses in the nursing major.

Program Admission Requirements

Students must hold an active unencumbered registered nurse license and an associate's degree in nursing. Lower-level coursework must include general microbiology with a lab, human anatomy and physiology I with a lab, human anatomy and physiology II with a lab, introduction to psychology, and introduction to sociology. These courses need to be completed prior to starting the nursing courses. If these courses are not part of transfer credit coursework, please contact an adviser for information on completing these required courses.

Currently, UMUC is offering this program in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

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2015-16 Nursing for Registered Nurses Degree Planning Worksheet

If you began your degree program prior to fall 2015, please refer to the catalog for the year you began your studies to determine degree requirements.

Accredited by the CCNE

CCNE SealThe baccalaureate degree in nursing at UMUC is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, NW Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-463-6930. CCNE is a specialized accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

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