RN-to-BSN

The University of Maryland School of Nursing offers the RN-to-BSN for registered nurses pursuing expanded education and career opportunities.

Find out how your prerequisites transfer.

Before you begin the admissions process, you can submit copies of your unofficial transcripts to us for review, and an admissions counselor will advise you on your requirements for admission.

Sharpen your critical thinking skills and strengthen your communication and leadership competencies while building relationships with other highly motivated students.

As an RN-to-BSN student, you will learn from faculty who are leaders in their fields, scientists who are on the cutting edge of nursing research, and expert clinicians with decades of experience.

This option is for licensed RNs who have either a diploma in nursing or an associate degree in nursing. The plan of study is designed specifically for registered nurses. To graduate, you must complete a minimum of 59 undergraduate credits in the social and behavioral sciences, the natural and physical sciences, and the arts and humanities. We also award credit to students with a valid registered nursing license.

We offer full-time (two semesters) and part-time options at three locations:

Courses are also offered online and in a blended format.

Interested in earning a master's degree? Check out our RN-to-MS option.

RN-to-BSN Admission Requirements and Application Deadlines

Qualifications:

  • an overall GPA of 3.0
  • a preferred science GPA of 2.75 (chemistry, anatomy and physiology I and II, microbiology)

Admissions Materials:

Materials

Submission Guidelines

Online Application and non-refundable $75 application fee.

Start your application now.

Official transcripts. An official transcript from every institution previously attended or currently attending must be submitted in a sealed envelope, as prepared by the sending institution. Electronic transcripts from University System of Maryland institutions will be accepted in lieu of official, sealed transcripts.

Failure to list all schools attended on the application and to submit the corresponding transcript(s) may make you ineligible for admission.

Submit by mail to:
University of Maryland School of Nursing
Office of Student and Academic Services
655 West Lombard Street, Suite 102
Baltimore, MD 21201-1579

Essay. You may submit the essay portion with your online application. We recommend that you compose the essay portion using word processing software and copy and paste it into the text box in the online application.

Submit via online application, via email to admissions.nursing@umaryland.edu, or by mail.

Typed résumé or CV. Be sure to include your full name with your résumé submission.

Submit via email to:
admissions.nursing@umaryland.edu

Two recommendations. Recommendations must come from a professional or academic source (e.g., an academic advisor, nursing program instructor, or nurse manager or supervisor). Only the first two recommendations received will be considered. 

Complete this form to generate a request to a recommender you identify. After Feb. 2, 2018 a recommendation form and letter will be required.

Residency classification. Applicants who are claiming in-state (Maryland) residency MUST apply for in-state status. 

Complete a residency application and submit it using the instructions supplied on the application.

Prerequisite Course List. Download, print, and complete the Prerequisite Course List. Prerequisite courses must be taken at regionally or nationally accredited schools. ACE credits are not accepted.

Submit by mail:
University of Maryland School of Nursing
Office of Student and Academic Services
655 West Lombard Street, Suite 102
Baltimore, MD 21201-1579

A copy of your active, unrestricted State of Maryland or compact state RN license. For a current list of compact states, see the Maryland Board of Nursing website; if you hold an active Maryland RN license, send us a copy of your printable license verification, available on the Maryland Board of Nursing website.

Submit by fax to 410-706-7238 or by mail to:
University of Maryland School of Nursing
Office of Student and Academic Services
655 West Lombard Street, Suite 102
Baltimore, MD 21201-1579

Applicants without a High School Diploma or College Degree in the U.S:

  • If you do not have a degree from a U.S. high school, college, or university, you are required to demonstrate English proficiency.
  • If you have completed coursework outside of the U.S., you must have your transcripts evaluated.

More information.

This program is not eligible for F-1 or J-1 student visa sponsorship by the University of Maryland, Baltimore due to the amount of online courses.

Deadlines:

  • fall enrollment: July 15
  • spring enrollment: Dec. 1

The Admissions Committee will review completed applications on a rolling basis and release decisions accordingly. Competitive applicants will be offered admission first. Space is limited so applicants are encouraged to apply early.


If you have questions regarding the admissions requirements or process, contact the Office of Admissions to avoid errors that could delay the processing of your application.

Program Details

Interested in the RN-BSN? Review these essential resources:

Sample Full-Time Plan of Study For Students Enrolled Fall 2014 and Later

A typical plan of study for full-time RN-to-BSN students enrolled fall 2014 and later is described below. Individual student plans may vary. 

First Semester
Course Title Credits
NURS 450 RN-to-BSN Transition: Implications for Practice, Policy, and the Profession 3
NURS 452 Nursing Research and Evidence-based Care for the Registered Nurse 3
NURS 454 Pathophysiologic Implications to Patient Assessment 5
NURS 418 Nursing Elective 3
Total 14
Second Semester
Course Title Credits
NURS 460 Health Informatics for the Registered Nurse 3
NURS 462 Nursing Leadership and Management for the Registered Nurse 3
NURS 467 Public Health Nursing Essentials for the Registered Nurse** 5
NURS 418 Nursing Elective 3
NURS 418 Nursing Elective 3
Total 17
Total Credits
RN-to-BSN Program of Study Credits 31
General Education & Prerequisite Courses 59
Credits Awarded for Valid Nursing License 30
Total Credits for RN-to-BSN Option 120

NURS 450 and NURS 452 are prerequisites for NURS 460, NURS 462, and NURS 467. NURS 454 and NURS 460 may be taken with or before NURS 467.

**This course requires 90 hours of practice/clinical time in addition to coursework. 

Sample Part-Time Plan of Study For Students Enrolled Fall 2014 and Later

A typical plan of study for part-time RN-to-BSN students enrolled fall 2014 and later is described below. Individual student plans may vary. 

First Semester
Course Title Credits
NURS 450 RN-to-BSN Transition: Implications for Practice, Policy, and the Profession 3
Second Semester
NURS 452 Nursing Research and Evidence-based Care for the Registered Nurse 3
Third Semester
NURS 418 Nursing Elective 3
Fourth Semester
NURS 454 Pathophysiologic Implications to Patient Assessment 5
Fifth Semester
NURS 460 Health Informatics for the Registered Nurse 3
Sixth Semester
NURS 462 Nursing Leadership and Management for the Registered Nurse 3
Seventh Semester
NURS 418 Nursing Elective 3
Eighth Semester
NURS 418 Nursing Elective 3
Ninth Semester
NURS 467 Public Health Nursing Essentials for the Registered Nurse** 5
Total Credits
RN-to-BSN Program of Study Credits 31
General Education & Prerequisite Courses 59
Credits Awarded for Valid Nursing License 30
Total Credits for RN-to-BSN Option 120

RN-to-BSN students may choose to complete the RN-to-BSN pption as a part-time plan of study with a different course sequencing developed with a faculty advisor. Availability of classes may vary semester to semester.

NURS 450 and NURS 452 are prerequisites for NURS 460, NURS 462, and NURS 467. NURS 454 and NURS 460 may be taken with or before NURS 467.

**This course requires 90 hours of practice/clinical time in addition to coursework. 

Sample Plan of Study For Students Enrolled Prior to Fall 2014

A typical plan of study for full-time RN-BSN students enrolled prior to fall 2014 is described below. Individual student plans may vary. Part-time study is available.

First Semester
Course Title Credits
NURS 320 Science and Research for Nursing Practice 3
NURS 325 Context of Care Delivery I 2
NURS 331 Gerontological Nursing 3
NURS 333 Health Assessment 3
NURS 418 Directed Elective 3
  Total 14
Second Semester
Course Title Credits
NURS 403 Community Health Nursing 5
NURS 405 Informatics and Technology 3
NURS 418 Directed Elective 3
NURS 418 Directed Elective 3
NURS 425 Organizational Leadership and Management 3
  Total 17
Total Credits
Program of Study Credits 31
General Education & Prerequisite Courses 59
Credits Awarded for Valid Nursing License 30
Total Credits for RN to BSN Option 120

What You'll Do

Program Outcomes for Students Enrolled Fall 2014 and Later

  • Combine theoretical knowledge from the sciences, humanities, and nursing as a foundation to professional nursing practice that focuses on health promotion and prevention of disease for individuals, families, communities, and populations.
  • Use the nursing process to manage care for individuals, families, communities, and populations integrating physical, psychological, social, cultural, spiritual, and environmental considerations. Integrate competencies in leadership, quality improvement, and patient safety to improve health and promote interdisciplinary care.
  • Use the research process through translation of evidence-based findings to advance professional nursing and the delivery of health care.
  • Incorporate information management and patient care technology in the delivery of quality patient-centered care.
  • Integrate knowledge of health care policy from social, economic, political, legislative, and professional perspectives to influence the delivery of care to individuals, families, communities, and populations.
  • Employ interprofessional communication and collaboration to ensure safe, quality care across the lifespan.
  • Use principles of ethics, legal responsibility, and accountability to guide professional nursing practices across the lifespan and across the health care continuum.
  • Accept personal accountability for lifelong learning, professional growth, and commitment to the advancement of the profession.

Program Outcomes for Students Enrolled Prior to Fall 2014

  • Articulate a personal philosophy of nursing that serves as a framework for professional practice.
  • Adhere to ethical, legal, and regulatory mandates and professional standards for nursing practice.
  • Use insight, intuition, empathy, empirical knowledge, reasoning and creative analysis for critical thinking in all aspects of professional practice.
  • Use evidence-based knowledge from nursing and related disciplines to shape practice.
  • Use communication skills to establish therapeutic, caring, and collaborative relationships.
  • Conduct assessments of individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations as the basis for planning and delivering care.
  • Demonstrate clinical competencies needed for the delivery of safe and effective nursing care in a variety of health care settings and additional competencies in an individually selected emphasis area.
  • Provide nursing care that reflects sensitivity to physical, social, cultural, spiritual, and environmental diversity of persons.
  • Use current and emerging information handling and other technologies as integral components of professional nursing practice.
  • Use resource management, delegation, and supervision strategies in planning, implementing, and evaluating nursing care.
  • Critique research findings for their applicability to theory-based practice.
  • Collaborate with experienced investigators in identification of clinical problems, access to sites, protection of human subjects, data collection, and dissemination of findings.
  • Use political, economical, organizational, educational, and advocacy strategies to improve health care delivery to individuals, groups, families, communities, and national and global populations.
  • Function as a leader in health care systems, in professional organizations, and within interdisciplinary teams for the promotion of health, prevention of disease, and management of care delivery.
  • Accept personal accountability for lifelong learning, professional growth, and commitment to the advancement of the profession.
Care Coordination with Health IT Focus Area

You also have the opportunity to specialize in care coordination informed by health IT — the first program of its kind in the nation — through our three-course Care Coordination with Health IT focus area. You'll earn a note on your transcript that you've completed the focus area, and you can complete it without adding additional courses, time, or money to your degree.

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