The Entry-Level Bachelor of Science in Nursing program provides non-nurses a strong foundation in caring science to become reflective caring clinicians in the profession of nursing. Our curriculum emphasizes the mission of the university—striving for intellectual and professional excellence, building inclusive communities, engaging in service to others, and promoting social responsibility.
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The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) at NDMU

Notre Dame offers three ways to secure a BSN:

Nursing Major

All qualified applicants are admitted to the University as nursing majors from day one.

Transfer Students

Sophomore Year

Enter the University in your sophomore year as a nursing major to complete general education requirements, courses in the liberal arts, and all support courses prior to taking junior-level nursing courses.

Junior Year

To enter the University in your junior year, you must apply for acceptance. Male nursing students may also apply to transfer into the entry-level BSN program in the Junior year.


Four-Year Plan


General Education CHM 108 Survey of General, Organic & Biochemistry 4
NDMU100 Perspectives on Education and Culture 4 General Education
MAT 100 Algebraic Applications OR 4 PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 4
MAT 103 Applied Algebra (unless waived) 3 ENG English Literature Requirement 3
ENG 101 College Writing 3 BIO 111 Fundamentals of Biology 4
HIS History requirement 3 PHL 201 Introduction to Philosophy 3
13/14 Credits 18 Credits
SP 101 Introduction to Sociology 3 BIO-253 General Microbiology 4
BIO 201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4 BIO 202 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4
NUR 250 Nutrition for Wellness 3 PSY 233 Human Growth & Development 3
General Education General Education
RST 105 Religion and the Big Question 3 MAT-215 Basic Statistics 3
PHL 339 Ethics 3 FA 106 Oral Communication 3
16 Credits 17 Credits
NUR 301 Holistic Health Assessment 4 NUR 304 Health Aging 3
NUR 303 Nursing Informatics 2 NUR 311 Professional Nursing Care of the Adult I 4
NUR 305 Foundations of a Caring Profession 5
NUR 310 Pathopharmacology 4 NUR 307 Research in Nursing Practice 3
15 credits NUR 308 Professional Nursing Care: Psychiatric/Mental Health 4
General Education
LSP 150 Beginning Spanish for Health Professions 3
17 Credits
NUR 408 Professional Nursing Care: Maternal and Newborn 4 NUR 431 Community Health Nursing 5
NUR 409 Professional Nursing Care of the Adult II 4 NUR 441 Caring Approaches in Nursing Leadership and Practice 4
NUR 417 Professional Nursing Care: Children and Families 4 NUR 461 Clinical Practicum 6
General Education 15 Credits
Fine Arts Fine Arts Gen Ed 3  
15 Credits


Total General Education Credits 45/46
Total Nursing Major Pre-requisites 25
Total Nursing Credits 56

Additional Curriculum Information:

Students who take both MAT-100/103 and BIO-110, will need to fit a general education requirement into a winterim or summer semester (these students will meet with their advisor to make a plan for completing the requirement).

  • Math Requirement

If nursing students place into MAT-100 Algebraic Applications on the math placement test, then they are required to take MAT-100. If nursing students place into MAT-103 Applied Algebra, then they are required to take MAT-103, however if they place into MAT 107 or higher, then MAT-103 may be waived.

  • General Biology Requirement

BIO-111 General Biology requires permission of instructor to take without BIO-110 Exploring Concepts of Biology as a pre-requisite course.

  • Foreign Language Requirement for Nursing Majors only

LSP-150 Beginning Spanish for Health Professionals is required for all nursing majors. However, based on a student’s Foreign Language Placement Exam results, a student may be eligible to take an equivalency exam. If the student passes the exam, she is exempt from taking the course.

Please note that all general education courses must meet the learning outcome and course requirements under the General Education Curriculum.

Uniforms Estimated Cost
2 tops, 2 pants, 1 warm-up jacket, 1 lab coat from Scrubin Uniforms Approx. $100.00
MDF Bundle: Stethoscope, blood pressure cuff, pen light, bandage scissors, Kelly clamps from MDF Instruments $99.90
Skills Lab Bag from Coursey Enterprises $107.50
Clinical Requirements  
CastleBranch $107.50
CastleBranch ProAdvantage (required by some hospitals for clinical) $20.00 per Year (12-months)
Annual drug screening and background check
TBSN only
CPR Certification $80.00
Textbooks and Technology  
Textbooks for entire program $1900.00
ATI Education Resources ($825.00/semester) $3300.00
Total Fees $5784.25

All fees are subject to change.

What to Expect Studying at Notre Dame of Maryland University

Small class sizes, faculty mentoring, and hands-on experiences offer an environment of individualized learning while clinicals, service-learning, and study abroad provide opportunities to transform the world.

Program Accreditation

Mercedes Venzen

Mercedes Venzen

An Experience Beyond Clinical Skill

Alum, NDMU Class of 2017
Nursing (Entry-Level BSN)
My Notre Dame experience has allowed me to see that nursing is so much more than clinical skill. Because of this program I am a more caring, respectful, well-rounded individual. What's Next for Mercedes: Johns Hopkins Hospital - Cardiac Care Unit

Research & Internship Opportunities

As a nursing student, you will have research opportunities both in the classroom and in clinical practice.

  • Nursing Research, a required course for all students, includes a service-learning component.
  • During your Clinical Practicum, you will have an opportunity to create a Transformational Practice Project which can be presented at our annual BSN symposium and at Nancy Kreiter Student Research Day.

In Nursing, we teach the value of advocacy; advocacy for patients and their families. Research assignments are often built on this outcome and the School of Nursing’s mission overall.

Clinical Experiences

You will have an opportunity to gain experience in a clinical setting at the start of your junior year, and you will take courses with a clinical component every semester from that point forward. 

In clinicals, you will have a chance to apply concepts learned in the classroom by working with patients and their families under the supervision of a clinical instructor.

Clinical Sites Include
Simulation Labs

In addition to clinical sites, you will also spend time in our state-of-the-art simulation labs, which allow you to practice your response to realistic medical situations in a safe environment.

Study Abroad

You may choose to participate in a mission trip to Haiti as part of the Community Health Clinical Experience.

Study Abroad

  • Assistant Professor, Director of Graduate Nursing Programs
  • Assistant Professor/Nursing Programs
  • Assistant Professor, Director, Entry-Level Program Project Director/Program Coordinator for the Cohen Scholars program