Go above and beyond: Advance to preferred positions in nursing, research, and public health with an online bachelor's degree in nursing.

University of Maryland University College's Bachelor of Science 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 nursing courses, 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 equip 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 healthcare 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 healthcare systems on the nursing profession and the delivery of care
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the value of continuous personal and professional development as healthcare 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.

Courses in the Major

  • IFSM 305
  • NURS 360
  • NURS 350
  • HMGT 372
  • NURS 300
  • NURS 420
  • NURS 410
  • NURS 460
    (course requires a practice experience)
  • GERO 302 or NURS 486A
  • NURS 495
    (course requires a practice experience)

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

All Available Options
  • WRTG 101
  • WRTG 101S

This requirement must be completed within the first 18 credits. A placement test is not required for WRTG 101. The requirement cannot be met through course challenge exams.

Writing Class | 3 Credits

All Available Options
  • WRTG 293 or any 3-credit WRTG class EXCEPT for
    • WRTG 486A
    • WRTG 486B
  • ENGL 102
  • JOUR 201

Communication, Writing, or Speech Class | 3 Credits

Recommended for Nursing for Registered Nurses Bachelor's Degree

COMM 202

All Available Options
  • A 3-credit class in COMM, SPCH, or WRTG
  • ENGL 102
  • ENGL 281
  • JOUR 201

Advanced Writing Class (Upper Level) | 3 Credits

Recommended for Nursing for Registered Nurses Bachelor's Degree

WRTG 393

All Available Options
  • WRTG 391
  • WRTG 393
  • WRTG 394

Research Class | 1 Credit

LIBS 150

Arts and Humanities Classes | 6 Credits

Classes must be from different disciplines.

Historical Perspective Class | 3 Credits

Recommended for Nursing for Registered Nurses Bachelor's Degree

HIST 125

All Available Options

A 3-credit class in ARTH or HIST

Arts and Humanities Class | 3 Credits

Recommended for Nursing for Registered Nurses Bachelor's Degree

HUMN 100

All Available Options

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

Behavioral and Social Science Classes | 6 Credits

Classes must be from different disciplines.

Behavioral and Social Sciences Class | 3 Credits

Recommended for Nursing for Registered Nurses Bachelor's Degree
  • PSYC 100
  • SOCY 100

related requirement for the major

All Available Options
  • A 3-credit class in ANTH, BEHS, ECON, GEOG, GERO, GVPT, PSYC, or SOCY
  • AASP 201
  • CCJS 100
  • CCJS 105
  • CCJS 350
  • CCJS 360
  • CCJS 461
  • WMST 200

Behavioral and Social Sciences Class | 3 Credits

Recommended for Nursing for Registered Nurses Bachelor's Degree

BEHS 103

All Available Options
  • A 3-credit class in ANTH, BEHS, ECON, GEOG, GERO, GVPT, PSYC, or SOCY
  • AASP 201
  • CCJS 100
  • CCJS 105
  • CCJS 350
  • CCJS 360
  • CCJS 461
  • WMST 200

Biological and Physical Sciences Classes | 7 Credits

Laboratory Science Class | 4 Credits

Recommended for Nursing for Registered Nurses Bachelor's Degree

BIOL 103

All Available Options
  • 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

Recommended for Nursing for Registered Nurses Bachelor's Degree

NSCI 100

All Available Options
  • NUTR 100
  • A 3-credit class in ASTR, BIOL, CHEM, GEOL, NSCI, PHYS, biotechnology, botany, entomology, general science, or zoology

Math Class | 3 Credits

Recommended for Nursing for Registered Nurses Bachelor's Degree

MATH 106

All Available Options
  • MATH 106
  • MATH 107
  • A 3-credit MATH class at or above the level of college algebra

Computing Classes | 6 Credits

Computing Class | 3 Credits

Recommended for Nursing for Registered Nurses Bachelor's Degree

IFSM 201

prerequisite to a later class

All Available Options
  • IFSM 201
  • CMST 301

Computing Class Appropriate to Your Major | 3 Credits

Recommended for Nursing for Registered Nurses Bachelor's Degree

CMIS 111

requirement can be filled by IFSM 305 in the major

All Available Options
  • A 3-credit class in CMIS, CMIT, CMSC, CMST, CSIA, IFSM, or SDEV
  • ACCT 326

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 degree in nursing. Lower-level coursework must include general microbiology with a lab, human anatomy I and II with a lab, physiology I and 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.

The program is only available to stateside students who reside in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C.

Student Clubs and Organizations

Upsilon Phi Delta

Type: Honor society
Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate

Upsilon Phi Delta is the national academic honor society of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration.

The purposes of Upsilon Phi Delta are to

  • Elevate the standards, ideals, competence, and ethics of professionally educated women and men in health administration and leadership

  • Recognize and encourage scholarship in healthcare administration

  • Recognize students who achieve distinction in healthcare administration studies in universities and colleges

  • Provide financial assistance through scholarships to outstanding students pursuing a degrees in healthcare administration

  • Motivate academic excellence in students studying healthcare administration

Program Accreditation

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)The 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. CCNE accreditation is a nongovernmental peer review process that supports and encourages continuing self-assessment by nursing programs and supports continuing growth and improvement of collegiate professional education and post-baccalaureate nurse residency programs.