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Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program–Entry-level

Acceptance Policy

Pre-Nursing to Nursing Major

Students are admitted to Notre Dame of Maryland University as pre-nursing students. During their first and second years, students take liberal arts and sciences, general education requirements, and all support courses for the nursing major. Admission to NDMU does not automatically ensure progression to the nursing major; however, all students who meet the minimum criteria will be accepted to the nursing major. Students will meet the following criteria for acceptance to the nursing major:

  • Cumulative grade point average of 2.8
  • Each of the following courses must be completed with a minimum grade of “C:”
    • BIO-111 Fundamentals of Biology
    • BIO-281 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
    • BIO-282 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
    • CHM-108 Survey of General, Organic & Biochemistry
    • BIO-260 Genetics and Genomics for Clinical Practice
    • NUR-250 Nutrition for Wellness
    • BIO-253 General Microbiology
    • ENG-101 College Writing
    • MAT-100 Algebra Applications or MAT 103 Applied Algebra (unless waived)
    • MAT-215 Basic Statistics
    • PSY-233 Human Growth and Development
    • PHL-339 Medical Ethics
  • Only one science course (BIO or CHM designation) may be repeated one time (for grade less than C).
  • Students who need to take BIO-110 Exploring Concepts of Biology must receive a grade of C+ or better to advance to all subsequent Biology courses. BIO-110 Exploring Concepts of Biology is a non-repeatable course.
  • The following prerequisite courses must be completed in order to progress to the nursing major:
    • NDMU-100 First Year Seminar
    • ENG- English Literature general education requirement
    • PHL-201 Introduction to Philosophy
    • PSY-101 Introductory Psychology
    • RST-201 Introduction to Biblical Studies
    • HIS- History general education requirement
    • SOC-101 Introductory Sociology
    • RST- 300/400 Elective
  • Completion of the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) exam is required in order to progress into the nursing major. Results are used for individualized success planning.
  • Interview upon request
  • Academic record will be reviewed every semester by the Admissions and Progression Committee. A student will be placed on program probation when her record reveals:
    • overall cumulative GPA below 2.8
  • Students placed on program probation must re-establish overall cumulative GPA of 2.8 to be eligible for the nursing major.
  • Successful applicants typically have GPAs of 2.8 or above (on a 4.0 scale). If GPA is lower than 2.8, but the student believes that her grades do not accurately reflect her abilities, the student may still apply. The Nursing Admission and Progressions Committee will carefully review and consider each application on a case by case basis.

Transfer Students applying to the Nursing Major

Students who have completed all pre-requisite courses may be admitted to Notre Dame of Maryland University as a nursing major. Students who meet the criteria for acceptance are welcomed on a space available basis.

  • Cumulative grade point average of 2.8

    Each of the following required courses must be completed with a minimum grade of “C”:
    • General Biology
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology I
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology II
    • Survey of General, Organic & Biochemistry
    • Genetics and Genomics for Clinical Practice
    • Nutrition
    • General Microbiology
    • College Writing
    • Applied Algebra (unless waived)
    • Basic Statistics
    • Human Growth and Development
    • Medical Ethics
  • Only one science course may be repeated one time (for grade less than C) and the student is limited to one course withdrawal. If the student has not repeated any science courses (with a grade below a C) than the student is allowed up to two course withdrawals.
  • Students are waived from General Biology if they have already completed Anatomy and Physiology successfully.
  • The following courses must be completed; select courses may be completed during the Junior and Senior year if the remaining courses are compatible with the nursing courses.
    • Literature general education requirement
    • Introduction to Philosophy
    • Introductory Psychology
    • Introduction to Biblical Studies
    • History general education requirement
    • Human Growth and Development
    • Introductory Sociology
    • Religious Studies 300/400 Elective
  • Completion of the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) exam is required in order to begin the nursing major. Results are used for individualized success planning.
  • Interview upon request
  • Anatomy and Physiology I and II and Microbiology must be taken no more than five years prior to NUR-301 Holistic Health Assessment and NUR-305 Foundations of a Caring Profession.
  • Only nursing courses earned in CCNE and/or ACEN accredited programs will be considered for transfer into Notre Dame of Maryland University nursing program. If a student is transferring from another Baccalaureate Nursing Program, a letter from their current nursing program confirming good academic standing is required. If a student has more than one nursing course grade of a D or F, than they are not eligible for acceptance to the nursing major.