Additional Nursing Pathways

Students may enter the nursing profession in many different ways. Nursing is not a "one size fits all" profession and there is not a "one size fits all" entry point. There are many things to consider when deciding about your nursing education, we hope to illuminate several of the options here, but it is important that you come and speak to a Nursing Advisor to see what path is best suited for you.  

Pre-Requisite Classes While individual schools may differ in specific requirements, nursing school requirements are often uniform. 

Traditional 2+2 Pathway: Students may complete two years of prerequisite courses at the University of Maryland College Park, and then apply for admission into a professional school to complete two years of professional course work, which includes classroom, laboratory, and clinical education. After these four years the student will earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the school where they completed their final two years. This may be a good option for students who are ineligible for the Guaranteed Admission Pathway, but wish to earn a BSN in four years. Please note that University of Maryland College Park does not guarantee admission to nursing school for those outside of the specified Guaranteed Admission Pathway. 

"Second Degree" or "Accelerated Second Degree Baccalaureate Program"Students who have earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and completed the nursing school pre-requisites can apply to a second degree or accelerated second degree nursing program (earning a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing). This would be the student's second bachelor's degree. This is an option for students who know they want to pursue nursing, but want to stay at University of Maryland College Park for all four years in their selected major. Please note that UMCP does not have a nursing or pre-nursing major for students to choose from. 

Master's or Clinical Nurse Leader Programs: Many nursing programs offer Master's degrees or Clinical Nurse Leader degrees to students who have earned a Bachelors degree in something other than nursing and have completed the nursing school prerequisites. These are often specialized degrees that can be earned in two years of full time study.   

RN to BS or BSN Programs: Students who already have their RN (Registered Nurse) can obtain a BSN by completing 30-35 credits in a RN to BSN program offered by nursing schools.

Professional School Programs for a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (BSN)

For a complete list of nursing programs in the United States please visit The American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Use their Nursing Programs Search database where you can search for nursing programs by type or by state or by both variables.  

Nurse Practitioner Programs/Advanced Nursing Specialist: 

It is important to realize that the field of Nursing is rapidly evolving and changing to meet the demands of the healthcare system. To become a Nurse Practitioner with any specialization requires a Doctor or Nursing Practice (DPN). Often, the minimum requirements for entry into these programs is a Bachelors degree in Nursing.