School of Nursing

BS in Nursing - Traditional Program

This program prepares individuals to begin their nursing practice in a variety of health care settings and in specialty areas. Graduates possess generalist nursing knowledge, an orientation to leadership, and a foundation to begin graduate studies.

The baccalaureate nursing program requires completion of a minimum of 120 credits of study and culminates in a baccalaureate degree (B.S.). Graduates of this program are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Students must fulfill the USM general education requirements by completing any one of the following pathways: the USM Core Curriculum, the Russell Scholars Program, or the University Honors Program. Beginning coursework in the baccalaureate curriculum includes English composition, quantitative decision making, natural and behavioral sciences, arts, and humanities.

Nursing content at the upper division is organized to facilitate integration of nursing knowledge and skills and to draw on a foundation of learning from other disciplines. The nursing curriculum provides opportunities for students to develop skills in partnering with various community stakeholders to identify community strengths, resources, and needs. Students have experiences that involve assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of care for individuals of all ages: in families, groups of clients, and communities across the health continuum. Inpatient and outpatient settings, community health agencies, public health settings, long-term care facilities, schools, and industries are used for clinical experiences.

Students follow a specific sequence of didactic and clinical courses with a student cohort group. Deviation from the sequence requires permission from the School of Nursing.

Sample plan of study:

Year 1, Fall Semester (13.5-14.5 credits)
     EYE Entry Year Experience Core course (3 cr)
     College Writing* (3 cr)
     BIO 111 Human Anatomy and Physiology I* (3 cr)
     BIO 112 Practical Human Anatomy and Physiology* I (1.5 cr)
     MAT 120 Introduction to Statistics (4 cr)  or PSY 201 Statistics in Psychology (3 cr)

Year 1, Spring Semester (16.5 credits)
     BIO 113 Human Anatomy and Physiology II* (3 cr)
     BIO 114 Practical Human Anatomy and Physiology II* (1.5 cr)
     CHY 107 Chemistry for Health Sciences* or CHY 113 Principles of Chemistry I (3 cr)
     NUR 100 Introduction to Professional Nursing* (3 cr) (Note: NUR 200 also accepted for students with 60+ credits completed)
     PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology* (3 cr)
     Creative Expression Core course (3 cr)

Year 2, Fall Semester (14 credits)
     BIO 281 Microbiology for Health Sciences* (3 cr)
     BIO 282 Microbiological Laboratory* (2 cr)
     CON 356 Concepts in Community Health (3 cr)
     SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology* (3 cr)
     Cultural Interpretation Core course (3 cr)

Year 2, Spring Semester (15 credits)
     BIO 345 Pathophysiology* (3 cr)
     CON 252 Human Nutrition* (3 cr)
     HRD/SBS 200 Multicultural Human Development* (3 cr)
     NUR 321 Health-Related Research (formerly CON 321) (3 cr)
     Elective or minor course (3 cr)

Year 3, Fall Semester (16 credits)
     NUR 300 Health Assessment* (2 cr)
     NUR 301 Health Assessment Lab* (1 cr)
     NUR 302 Pharmacology* (3 cr)
     NUR 306 Nursing Arts and Science* (3 cr)
     NUR 307 Fundamentals in Nursing Lab* (2 cr)
     NUR 330 Mental Health Nursing (3 cr)
     NUR 331 Mental Health Nursing Clinical (2 cr)

Year 3, Spring Semester (15 credits)
     NUR 313 Intermediate Nursing Skills Lab (1 cr)
     NUR 323 Adult/Older Adult Health Nursing (3 cr)
     NUR 325 Adult/Older Adult Health Nursing Clinical (4 cr)
     NUR 332 Nursing Care of the Older Adult in the Community (2 cr)
     NUR 339 Community Nursing Partnerships I Clinical (2 cr)
     Elective course (3 credits)

Year 4, Fall Semester (14 credits)
     NUR 341 Community Nursing Partnerships II Clinical (2 cr)
     NUR 420 Reproductive and Pediatric Nursing Lab (1 cr)
     NUR 421 Reproductive and Sexual Health Nursing (3 cr)
     NUR 422 Reproductive and Sexual Health Nursing Clinical (1.5 cr)
     NUR 424 Clinically-Applied Genetics (2 cr)
     NUR 427 Child Health Nursing (3 cr)
     NUR 428 Child Health Nursing Clinical (1.5 cr)

Year 4, Spring Semester (16 credits)
     NUR 413 Advanced Nursing Skills Lab (1 cr)
     NUR 423 Management of the Critically Ill Adult/Older Adult (3 cr)
     NUR 425 Management of the Critically Ill Adult/Older Adult Clinical (2 cr)
     NUR 470 Leadership and Ethics (3 cr)
     NUR 480 Practicum/Care Management Seminar and Clinical (3 cr)
     NUR 490 Capstone in Nursing (1 cr)
     Elective course (3 cr)

Total credits for the sample plan of study: 120-121 (depending on which statistics course is selected)

*Must be completed prior to NUR 300, 301, 306, 307, 330, 331

Core curriculum requirements in science exploration, ethical inquiry, international, diversity, engaged learning, and sociocultural analysis are met through the Nursing curriculum.

The plan of study is subject to change.

 

Because the baccalaureate nursing program includes supervised clinical experiences, the nursing faculty reserves the right to limit enrollments. Admission to the program is highly selective.

There are three different application processes for this program. Prospective students should select the appropriate application process for their current student type.

Process 1: Current High School Student

This application process is intended for students who have not attempted any college credits since graduating from high school or earning a GED/HiSET.

  • Application Deadline: February 1 for nursing consideration
  • Applicant Criteria:
    • Applicants must meet the University’s general undergraduate admission requirements, which can be found in the Admissions section of the Undergraduate Catalog.
  • In addition to general requirements, applicants must meet the following criteria:
    • SAT* scores of ≥ 580 reading and ≥ 570 math, or ACT* scores of ≥ 22 math and ≥ 22 English.  *SAT / ACT scores are optional for Fall 2021 applicants
    • High school GPA of 3.0 or above
    • Completed high school biology and chemistry with labs, with grades of B or above in those courses.

Applicants who do not meet one of the above test scores/GPA combinations will be reviewed by the Office of Admissions for possible nursing admission consideration.

    • Application Process
      • Apply to USM
      • Select Nursing as the first choice of major on the application.  

    For questions about the application process, or to check the status of a completed application, students may contact the Office of Admissions.

    Process 2: Current USM Student — with no more than 32 credit hours

    This application process is intended for admitted USM students who can meet Applicant Criteria before they have completed more than 32 college credits. If students wish to pursue this option, they should meet with their Professional Academic Advisor to discuss plans.

    • Application Deadline: Students should apply at the end of the semester in which Applicant Criteria are met, after final course grades are posted.  
    • Applicant Criteria:
      • Complete at least one semester at the University; and
      • Achieve a 3.0 or higher GPA at the University; and
      • Be eligible to take, or have completed MAT 120 or a direct equivalent statistics course; and.
      • Complete one of these sets of science courses with a grade of C or better: CHY 107 Chemistry for Health Sciences (CHY 113 also accepted) or BIO 111 and BIO 112 Human Anatomy and Physiology I with lab; and
      • Complete two of these social sciences with grades of C or better: PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology, SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology, or HRD 200 Multicultural Human Development; and
      • Complete College Writing with a grade of C or better.
      • If a student does not meet the above criteria before completing more than 32 credits, the student still can apply to the School of Nursing through Process 3.  See below for Process 3 application instructions..
    • Application Process
      • Students should contact their Professional Academic Advisor to get started. Their Professional Academic Advisor will assist students with planning courses to meet the criteria for the change of major to nursing. If the applicant criteria are satisfied, their advisor will assist with the change of major process at the end of a semester after all final grades are posted.  

    For more information about the change of major process and the nursing program application process, students should contact their Professional Academic Advisor. If students are unsure who their advisor is, they should check their MaineStreet Student Center.

    Process 3: Transfer Student

    This application process is intended for current USM students who have completed more than 32 credit hours and any external applicant who does not meet the criteria for application process 1 or 2, including students who have completed college credits at another institution of higher education or who are currently enrolled at another higher education institution.

    Students should verify that they meet the eligibility requirements listed below. Applicants who do not meet all of the criteria will not be considered for admission into the BS in Nursing – Traditional Program.

    • Application Deadline: February 1
      • Notification of Application Decisions: Students will be notified by postal mail in early-to-mid April.
    • Applicant Criteria:
      • Applicants must meet the University’s general undergraduate admission requirements, which can be found in the Admissions section of the Undergraduate Catalog.
    • In addition to general requirements, applicants must meet the following criteria:
      • Hold a minimum cumulative college GPA of 3.0 (note that the cumulative college GPA is calculated from the combination of all college courses completed by the student at any institutions that they have attended); and
      • Hold a minimum natural science GPA of 2.67 in natural science courses for nursing that have been completed at the time of application. These courses include direct equivalents of Anatomy and Physiology I with lab, Anatomy and Physiology II with lab, Microbiology with lab, Human Nutrition, an introductory Chemistry course (lab not required), and Pathophysiology. Applicants who have retaken more than 3 natural science courses for nursing, or retaken the same science course more than twice in their college academic history will not be considered for admission.  
    • Application Process for current USM students with more than 32 credit hours:
      • Nursing essay — the essay prompt is described on the Supplemental Application to Nursing; and
      • Nursing resume — resume requirements are described on the Supplemental Application to Nursing.If current USM students have questions about the application process, they should contact their Professional Academic Advisor.
      • Notify the Professional Academic Advisor of plans to apply to the Nursing program.
      • Submit the Online Supplemental Application to Nursing form; which includes: 
    • Application Process for students currently enrolled at another higher education institution or who have completed college credits at another higher education institution and are not eligible for Application Process 1 or 2:
      • Nursing essay — the essay prompt is described on the Supplemental Application to Nursing; and
      • Nursing resume — resume requirements are described on the Supplemental Application to Nursing.

    If students have questions about the application process for transfer students, they should contact the Office of Admissions.

    In addition to reviewing the Course Sequence above, you can view a Sample Plan of Study .

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