School of Nursing

BS in Nursing - RN to Bachelor of Science Degree

The School of Nursing faculty recognizes the need and desirability for registered nurses to attain baccalaureate and master's degrees within Maine. The nursing faculty has designed two options for RNs - the first leading to a Bachelor of Science degree (B.S.) and the second (described in USM's Graduate Catalog) leading to a Master of Science degree (M.S.).

RNs returning to school face many challenges; every effort is made to remain attentive and flexible in adjusting the plan of study and accommodating individual needs. Advice regarding prerequisites, course planning, and course sequencing for RNs may be obtained by contacting the School of Nursing.

All RNs must fulfill the University's 30 credit residency requirement (6 credits earned at another UMS campus may be applied toward residency).

The School of Nursing recognizes a maximum of 30 nursing credits (RN credit options) transferred from an associate's degree in nursing (ADN) program as basic nursing credits required in the baccalaureate program. Nursing credits earned in the ADN program beyond the basic 30 credits may be used as elective credit. RNs graduating from a diploma program will be awarded the basic nursing credits (30 credits) for a fee upon successful completion of NUR 308, Concepts of Professional Nursing Practice. Additional information may be obtained through the Office for Prior Learning Assessment.

Application Deadline: The RN to BS Program offers rolling admissions. Students may begin their program of study in either the fall, spring, or summer semester.

Applicant Criteria

  • This program is open to graduates of both diploma and associate degree nursing programs.
  • 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:

  • Provide evidence of current licensure as a registered nurse in Maine; and
  • Hold a GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • Applications with a GPA below 2.5 will be reviewed by the Office of Admissions for possible admission consideration.

Credit Transfer

Students may apply a maximum of 60 transferable credits toward requirements for the B.S. in Nursing program. Additional credits may be used to satisfy the USM core and the University’s credit requirement for graduation. The School of Nursing evaluates transfer credits after students have been admitted to the University.

Application Process

  • Apply to USM
  • Select the RN to BS in Nursing Program as the first choice of major pn the application.

The following courses must be completed successfully, or may be available for credit by examination, prior to entry into the upper division nursing courses:
     College Writing
     Introduction to Psychology
     Introduction to Sociology
     Multicultural Human Development
     Ethical Inquiry, Social Responsibility, and Citizenship course
     Introduction to Statistics (prior to CON 321 Health-Related Research)
     Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II**
     Chemistry for Health Sciences**
     Microbiology for Health Sciences
     Pathophysiology

**Chemistry and Anatomy and Physiology requirements are waived with the successful completion (minimum grade of C) of Pathophysiology.

University requirements in the general education (Core) curriculum must meet the progression standards of that curriculum.

Matriculation in the USM School of Nursing is required prior to enrollment in upper-level nursing courses. The courses that RN students may take prior to matriculation are CON 356 Concepts in Community Health and CON 321 Health-Related Research. NUR 308 Concepts of Professional Nursing Practice, NUR 309 Health Assessment for RNs, and NUR 310 Health Assessment for RNs Lab may be taken prior to matriculation provided the student has passed NCLEX-RN. Clinical courses may not be taken unless RN credit options have been completed and posted. 

Upper division nursing courses, in required sequence for RNs, include: 

A. NUR 308 Concepts of Professional Nursing Practice
    NUR 309 Health Assessment for RNs
    NUR 310 Health Assessment for RNs Lab
     
B. CON 321 Health-Related Research
    CON 356 Concepts in Community Health
    NUR 314 RN Credit Option*
    NUR 370 Theory for Clinical Practice  

C. NUR 419 Community Nursing Partnerships for RNs Clinical
    NUR 474 Professional Issues: Leadership, Management, and Organizations for RNs
    NUR 476 Theory Related to Clinical Specialty for RNs 

*RNs graduating from a diploma program will be awarded the basic nursing credits (30) for a fee, upon successful completion of NUR 308 Concepts of Professional Nursing Practice. Additional information may be obtained through the Office for Prior Learning Assessment.

Unless previously approved, students must take all required CON and NUR courses at USM.

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

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