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Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program–Entry-level

Progression/Acceptance Policy—from 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 and
  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in the following required courses; each of the following courses must be completed with a minimum grade of “C:”
    • 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
    • BIO-205 Nutrition
    • BIO-253 General Microbiology
    • ENG-101 College Writing
    • MAT-103 Applied Algebra (unless waived) 
    • MAT-215 Basic Statistics
  • Only one science course (BIO or CHM designation) may be repeated one time (for grade less than C). 
  • The following courses must be completed with a minimum grade of 2.0:
    • IDS-100 Perspectives on Education and Culture
    • 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    
    • PSY-233 Human Growth and Development    
    • PHL-339 Medical Ethics    
    • SOC-101 Introductory Sociology    
    • RST-300/400 Elective    
  • Interview 
  • Academic record will be reviewed every semester. Student will be placed on program probation when her record reveals:
    • overall cumulative GPA below 2.8 or
    • cumulative GPA in the following courses below 3.0
      • 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 
      • BIO-205 Nutrition
      • BIO-253 General Microbiology
      • ENG-101 College Writing
      • MAT-103 Applied Algebra (unless waived)
      • MAT-215 Basic Statistics 
  • Students placed on program probation must re-establish overall cumulative GPA of 2.8 and cumulative GPA of 3.0 in the above cluster of courses in order to be eligible to apply to 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.  

Acceptance Policy for Transfer Students—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. 

Minimum Criteria and Requirements:

  • Cumulative grade point average of 2.8 and
  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in the following required courses:
    • 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
  • Only one science course may be repeated one time
  • The following courses must be completed with a minimum grade of 2.0:
    • Literature general education requirement*
    • Introduction to Philosophy*
    • Introductory Psychology
    • Introduction to Biblical Studies*
    • History general education requirement*
    • Human Growth and Development
    • Medical Ethics
    • Introductory Sociology
    • Religious Studies 300/400 Elective* 

*Select courses may be completed during junior and senior years. 

  • Interview 
  • 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 NLNAC accredited programs will be considered for transfer into Notre Dame of Maryland University nursing program.  

Progression Policy in Nursing Major

Once enrolled in the nursing major, students meet the following criteria in order to progress in the major:

  • Students adhere to the NSNA Code of Ethics for Nursing Students—Code of Academic and Clinical Conduct
    • Advocate for the rights of [patient]s
    • Maintain [patient] confidentiality
    • Take appropriate action to ensure the safety of [patient]s, self, and others.
    • Provide care for the [patient] in a timely, compassionate and professional manner.
    • Communicate [patient] care in a truthful, timely and accurate manner.
    • Actively promote the highest level of moral and ethical principles and accept responsibility for our actions.
    • Promote excellence in nursing by encouraging lifelong learning and professional development.
    • Treat others with respect and promote an environment that respects human rights, values and choice of cultural and spiritual beliefs.
    • Collaborate in every reasonable manner with the academic faculty and clinical staff to ensure the highest quality of [patient] care.
    • Use every opportunity to improve faculty and clinical staff understanding of the learning needs of nursing students.
    • Encourage faculty, clinical staff, and peers to mentor nursing students.
    • Refrain from performing any technique or procedure for which the student has not been adequately trained.
    • Refrain from any deliberate action or omission of care in the academic or clinical setting that creates unnecessary risk of injury to the [patient], self or others.
    • Assist the staff nurse or preceptor in ensuring that there is a full disclosure and that proper authorizations are obtained from [patient]s regarding any form of treatment or research.
    • Abstain from the use of alcoholic beverages or any substances in the academic and clinical setting that impair judgment.
    • Strive to achieve and maintain an optimal level of personal health.
    • Support access to treatment and rehabilitation for students who are experiencing impairments related to substance abuse and mental or physical health issues.
    • Uphold school policies and regulations related to academic and clinical performance, reserving the right to challenge and critique rules and regulations as per school grievance policy. (National Student Nurses’ Association, Inc., 2009)
  • Maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.8 in nursing courses.
  • Successfully complete each nursing course in the level before progressing to the next level. Achievement of a grade of C or better in a nursing course is considered passing. A clinical failure constitutes failure of the entire nursing course.
  • Students are expected to enact the Code of Ethics for Nursing Students (2009).
  • Only one nursing course may be repeated—and only one time. Withdrawal from a course in a failing status counts as a course failure.
  • Students are limited to two withdrawals from nursing courses during their course of study. 

Academic Program Probation

Students will be placed on academic program probation for the rest of the completion of the degree requirements:

  • grade less than C is earned in any nursing course (A student who earns a grade less than C in any nursing course must repeat the course);
  • cumulative GPA is less than 2.8

Re-acceptance after Withdrawal from Program

Students who withdraw from the program in good standing will be reviewed for re-acceptance on a case- by-case basis. University admission policies are followed.

Dismissal from the Nursing Major

Students who earn a second grade less than C in a nursing course will be dismissed from the nursing major. Applicants for re-acceptance will be reviewed on a case by case basis.