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RN to BSN Program Details
The Department of Nursing participates in a statewide RN articulation model. No more than half of the baccalaureate degree, with a maximum of 60 non-nursing units, will be accepted at Towson from a community college. Nursing units will not be transferred. However, individuals with an active unencumbered Maryland or compact RN license articulating to the baccalaureate level are awarded a minimum of 30 upper-division nursing units in the program.
The total number of units to be completed is 30; however, to ensure successful progress through the nursing major, students will need to complete Organic Chemistry, Nutrition and Microbiology. If these courses were not part of the associate’s degree, they must be completed prior to acceptance into the nursing major, which could add additional credits to the program. A Statistics course is needed prior to enrolling in NURS 431.
The baccalaureate Nursing program builds upon the student's previous learning, ensures a broad base in the liberal arts, and offers nursing courses that are designed to enhance professional nursing practice. RNs are advised to contact the department for assistance with admission and program planning.
BSN Program Details
In order to be prepared for the required prerequisite courses for the nursing major, high school students interested in nursing are advised to take the following courses: mathematics - three units (two years of algebra and one year of geometry); chemistry - one unit; biology - one unit. Physics, though not required, is recommended.
Admission to the major is contingent upon the student being screened and admission being offered to the applicant by the department. The screening process takes place during the term prior to the student's anticipated enrollment in the first nursing course.
Students are eligible to apply for admission after they have completed a minimum of 42 undergraduate units, including at least four laboratory science prerequisites and ENGL 102. Students must complete 12 prerequisite courses prior to beginning the nursing major. As long as students meet the minimum requirements to apply, it is not necessary to have all 12 nursing prerequisites completed before submitting your nursing application; however, admission into the major is contingent on the completion of the 12 prerequisite courses before enrolling in nursing courses.
Only one grade below a grade equivalent of a 2.00 is allowed in prerequisite or General Education courses, and no more than two courses may be repeated. A minimum GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale is required; however, students must note that achievement at the 3.00 level does not guarantee admission to the program. The higher the applicant's GPA, the greater the possibility of being offered admission.
Once accepted to the nursing program, students complete the required nursing major courses in a sequence, as each course is a foundation for the subsequent course.
MSN Program Details
Like other states around the country, Maryland is experiencing a shortage of nurses and nursing faculty members qualified to teach the next generation of nursing leaders. Towson University is addressing both shortages by preparing highly qualified nurses and by offering a concentration in nursing education.
The nursing profession consistently ranks as one of the nation’s most respected fields. As a practicing nurse or educator, your work can truly make a difference in the lives of others. Whether you are on the hospital floor or leading a classroom, nursing is a rewarding, dynamic and challenging career.
The master’s program is designed for students who hold bachelor’s degrees in nursing, are licensed as registered nurses or eligible for licensing in the state of Maryland. The program serves the needs of both part-time and full-time students. Most courses are offered on weekday evenings to allow professionals to balance the demands of work and school.
The nursing degree prepares you to assume key roles in delivering health care to individuals and families within a community-based nursing practice. Unlike other master’s programs that prepare nurse practitioners to take on many of the roles traditionally performed by medical doctors or clinical nurse specialists, community-based nurses help patients navigate the complexities of the health care system. They serve as case managers, coordinating patient care and medications from different specialists. Case managers see the whole picture rather than the limited perspective of a specialty area.