School of Nursing

BS in Nursing

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 the 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 the 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. Courses focus on the promotion, maintenance, and restoration of health. 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.

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.

In addition to the requirements established for admission to the University, high school students applying to the School of Nursing must complete high school chemistry and biology with labs. SAT or ACT scores for first year applicants, academic record, and a required essay are considered in the application review process. Please see the admission section of the USM undergraduate catalog for further requirements.

First-year applicants internal to USM with 32 or fewer credits, a minimum USM GPA of 3.0, and who have successfully completed specific prerequisite requirements (math readiness, college writing or equivalent, anatomy and physiology I with C or better or chemistry with C or better, and two of the following three social sciences with C or better: introductory sociology, multicultural human development, or general psychology) may apply for a change of major to nursing in consultation with the nursing advisor.

Transfer admission into the nursing major is available according to the number of open seats in a cohort-based system. Internal and external applicants may apply for transfer with a minimum of 30 credits, a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all prior college work, a minimum GPA of 2.67 in the natural science courses that have been completed (anatomy & physiology I & II with labs, chemistry, microbiology with lab, pathophysiology, and human nutrition) and math readiness as determined by the University. Applications for the admission of transfer students will be processed once a year for fall admission. The application deadline is January 15. Applicants will be notified of decisions by mid April.

Sample plan of study:

Fall Semester Freshman Year

EYE – Entry Year Experience course
*College Writing
*BIO 111 – Human Anatomy and Physiology I 
*BIO 112 – Practical Human Anatomy and Physiology I
MAT 120 – Introduction to Statistics 

Spring Semester Freshman Year
*BIO 113 – Human Anatomy and Physiology II 
*BIO 114 – Practical Human Anatomy and Physiology II 
*CHY 107 – Chemistry for the Health Sciences
*HRD 200/SBS 200 – Multicultural Human Development
*NUR 100 – Introduction to Professional Nursing 
*PSY 101 – General Psychology I

Fall Semester Sophomore Year
*BIO 281 – Microbiology for Health Sciences
*BIO 282 – Microbiological Laboratory
*SOC 100 – Introduction to Sociology
Cultural Interpretation course
Thematic Cluster course, Minor course, or Elective course

Spring Semester Sophomore Year
*BIO 345 – Pathophysiology 
*CON 252 – Human Nutrition
CON 356 – Concepts in Community Health 
Thematic Cluster course, Minor course, or Elective course
Creative Expression course

Fall Semester Junior Year
*NUR 300/301 – Health Assessment and Lab
*NUR 302 – Pharmacology
*NUR 306 – Nursing Arts and Science 
*NUR 307 – Fundamentals in Nursing Lab
NUR 330/331 – Mental Health Nursing and Clinical

Spring Semester Junior Year
CON 321 – Health-Related Research
NUR 313 – Adult Health Skills and Simulation
NUR 323/325 – Adult/Older Adult Nursing and Clinical
NUR 332 – Nursing Care of the Older Adult in the Community
NUR 339 – Community Nursing Partnerships I 

Fall Semester Senior Year
NUR 341 – Community Nursing Partnerships II
NUR 420 – Reproductive and Child Health Skills and Simulation
NUR 421/422 – Reproductive and Sexual Health Nursing and Clinical
NUR 424 – Clinically-Applied Genetics 
NUR 427/428 – Child Health Nursing and Clinical

Spring Semester Senior Year
NUR 413 – Advanced Nursing Skills Lab
NUR 423/425 – Management of the Critically Ill Adult/Older Adult and Clinical
NUR 470 – Leadership, Management, and Ethics 
NUR 480 – Practicum/Care Management
Thematic Cluster course, Minor course, or Elective course

120 credits required to graduate

*Must be completed prior to NUR 323/325

The core curriculum requirements in science exploration, ethical inquiry, international, diversity, and socio-cultural analysis are met through the Nursing curriculum.

The plan of study is subject to change.

View a Sample Plan of Study 

Undergraduate Application Process & Admission Criteria

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