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 global health, community and family nursing, nursing leadership and management, nursing research, information technology, and business principles. 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

No more than 3 credits in writing can be earned by exam.

Introductory Writing Class | 3 Credits

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This requirement must be completed within the first 18 credits. A placement test is not required for Introduction to Writing (3 Credits, WRTG 101). The requirement cannot be met through course challenge exams.

Writing Class | 3 Credits

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Communication, Writing, or Speech Class | 3 Credits

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Media and Society (3 Credits, COMM 202)

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Advanced Writing Class (Upper Level) | 3 Credits

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Advanced Technical Writing (3 Credits, WRTG 393)

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Arts and Humanities Classes | 6 Credits

Classes must be from different disciplines.

Historical Perspective Class | 3 Credits

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Technological Transformations (3 Credits, HIST 125)

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A 3-credit class in ARTH or HIST

Arts and Humanities Class | 3 Credits

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Introduction to Humanities (3 Credits, HUMN 100)

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A 3-credit class in ARTH, ARTT, ASTD, ENGL, GRCO, HIST, HUMN, MUSC, PHIL, THET, dance, literature, or foreign language

Biological and Physical Sciences Classes | 7 Credits

Laboratory Science Class | 4 Credits

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Introduction to Biology (4 Credits, BIOL 103)

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  • A 3-credit science lecture class with a related 1-credit lab
  • A 4-credit science class combining lecture and lab chosen from ASTR, BIOL, CHEM, GEOL, NSCI, PHYS, biotechnology, botany, entomology, general science, or zoology

Science Class | 3 Credits

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Introduction to Physical Science (3 Credits, NSCI 100)

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Math Class | 3 Credits

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Finite Mathematics (3 Credits, MATH 106)

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Computing Classes | 6 Credits

Computing Class | 3 Credits

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Concepts and Applications of Information Technology (3 Credits, IFSM 201)

prerequisite to a later class

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Computing Class Appropriate to Your Major | 3 Credits

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Social Networking and Cybersecurity Best Practices (3 Credits, CMIS 111)

requirement can be filled by Information Systems in Health Care Organizations (3 Credits, IFSM 305) in the major

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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. 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.

Program Admission Requirements

Students must hold an active unencumbered registered nurse license and an associate's degree in nursing. Lower-level coursework must be taken as part of an appropriate degree program at an approved community college or other institution. Transfer 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 18 credits can be applied anywhere in the bachelor's degree.

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.

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