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School of Nursing

Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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Notre Dame’s Nursing Program is a truly accelerated RN-BSN program, offering most RNs the opportunity to take every class they need, including the sciences and the liberal arts, in an accelerated format. Students begin their program of study with an upper-level nursing course designed to hone the skills that are essential to academic success. The remaining seven nursing courses are spaced throughout the three-year baccalaureate program. For details, see the Undergraduate Academic Catalog.

Nursing majors must complete a minimum of 120 credits and all University and nursing department requirements to earn the Bachelor of Science degree. The required credits include 24 general education credits, 6 elective credits, 31 credits of department requirements, 30 upper-level nursing credits per the Maryland RN-BSN Articulation Agreement, and 29 upper-level nursing credits earned at Notre Dame.

Some aspects of this innovative program are:

  • completing all bachelor's degree requirements beyond the associate degree in approximately two-and-a-half years
  • studying one day a week for four hours throughout the calendar year, with breaks around major holidays
  • taking classes on the same day, at the same time, throughout the entire degree program
  • learning with a cohort of RN colleagues
  • dynamic curriculum features clinical experiences with older adults, families and community-based settings
  • curriculum designed to assist RNs to make successful transitions back to an academic setting
  • students begin upper-level nursing courses immediately upon entry into program
  • service-learning experiences enhance class and clinical education/learning
  • emphasis on contemporary issues facing nursing care delivery in today's challenging health care environment
  • clinical courses designed for experienced RNs that enhance and expand
  • evidenced based knowledge and practice for different populations
  • One to two week Study Abroad options that can be taken in lieu of one clinical course
  • final, "Capstone" course promotes leadership and examines the transition from the program into future career opportunities, including graduate education and life-long learning
  • working with faculty in collegial relationships where students' clinical knowledge and skills are highly valued

Please visit the College of Adult Undergraduate Studies admissions page for general admissions requirements.