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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 (NDMU) as pre-nursing students. During their first and second years, students take liberal arts and sciences, general education requirements, and 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 3.0
  •  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) and students may withdraw from one science course one time.
  • 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-             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) V exam is required as part of the application process. Applications will not be reviewed without the TEAS V exam results. The score received on the test will be included in the admissions process.  Register for TEAS V at https://www.atitesting.com/Home.aspx   
  • Interview upon request
  • Academic records of all students are reviewed every semester by the Admissions and Progression Circle. A student will be placed on program probation when her record reveals:
    • overall cumulative GPA below  3.0
  • Students placed on program probation must re-establish overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 to be eligible for the nursing major.
  • Successful applicants typically have GPAs of 3.0 or above (on a 4.0 scale). If GPA is lower than 3.0, but the student believes that her grades do not accurately reflect her abilities, the student may still apply. The Nursing Admission and Progressions Circle 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 apply to be admitted to Notre Dame of Maryland University in the Women's College and can subsequently apply as a nursing major. Students who meet the criteria for acceptance are welcomed on a space available basis. Students interested in transferring into the Nursing program must:

  • Submit the Women's College application which includes a writing sample and official transcripts from all institutions attended. 
  • Complete the Supplemental School of Nursing Application and submit to the Notre Dame of Maryland University, Women's College Office of Admissions
  • The deadline for consideration to transfer for the fall semester is February 15th.  Applications received after this date will not be considered.
  • Cumulative grade point average of  3.0  
  • 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 coursesmay be completed during the Junior and Senior year if the remaining courses are compatible with the schedule of 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) V exam is required as part of the application process. Applications will not be reviewed without the TEAS V exam results.  The score received on the test will be included in the admissions process.  Register for TEAS V at https://www.atitesting.com/Home.aspx  
  • 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 her current nursing program confirming good academic standing is required. If a student has more than one nursing course grade of a D or F, she is not eligible for acceptance to the nursing major.