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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.

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Four-Year Plan

TRADITIONAL BSN PROGRAM CURRICULUM PLAN

2021-2022

FALL SPRING
FIRST YEAR – FIRST SEMESTER FIRST YEAR – SECOND SEMESTER
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
SECOND YEAR – FIRST SEMESTER SECOND YEAR – SECOND SEMESTER
SOC 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 COM 106 Oral Communication 3
16 Credits 17 Credits
THIRD YEAR – FIRST SEMESTER THIRD YEAR – SECOND SEMESTER
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
FOURTH YEAR – FIRST SEMESTER FOURTH YEAR – SECOND SEMESTER
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.

Updated September 2021

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

Antoinette Goosby
Alum

Antoinette Goosby

Importance of Caring Science

Alum, NDMU Class of 2021
Nursing (Entry-Level BSN)
One of the unique aspects of the nursing program at Notre Dame is that we learn about caring science. It’s a term I was not familiar with before coming here. The faculty emphasize that we as nurses need to take care of ourselves before we treat our patients. We ourselves need to be ok in order to treat someone who’s not ok. I’ve carried that with me throughout my work experiences so far, and I know it will stick with me in the future.

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

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