Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Does Bowie State University (BSU) offer degree-producing nursing programs?

A:  Yes. BSU offers the Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in nursing (BS and MS). These programs are accredited by both the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), Inc. and the Maryland Board of Nursing.

Q: I am a graduating high school student and desire to pursue nursing as my major. Can I go directly into the nursing program?

A:  Incoming freshman students can apply to the Traditional BS Nursing program track during their second semester of freshman year after completing the prerequisite courses outlined in the Traditional BS Progression Plan. The student will meet with a nursing Academic Advisor to prepare for admission to the program. Candidates are required to have no less than a 2.75 cumulative GPA along with a 2.5 GPA in the science prerequisites. Please note that the selection process is highly competitive and there will be more applicants than space available.

Q: Can a transfer student to the University be accepted into the BS nursing program?

A:  Yes. The transfer student must receive general admission to BSU as a full-time, degree-seeking student for the fall semester. Transfer students with 50 or more academic credits are encouraged to apply to the Accelerated BS Nursing Program.  This program track accepts applications each spring semester and admits students for each summer.  The student will meet with a nursing Academic Advisor to prepare for admission to the program. 

Applicants are elgible for consideration pending completion of all prerequisite courses based on the criteria for admission.  Accelerated BS applicants must have no less than a 3.0 cumulative GPA and a 3.0 GPA in the science prerequisites. Additionally, transfer students are required to provide sealed offiical academic transcripts as stipulated within the program admission requirements. Science courses cannot be older than five years from the date of acceptance into the nursing program.

Q: How long will it take a student to complete the BSU nursing program?

A:  All freshman students can expect four years to complete the Traditional BS Nursing program track. All transfer and 2nd Degree candidates pursuing the Accelerated BS program track can expect 18 months of non-stop enrollment from the point of admission to completion.  Candidates interested in the RN to BS program track can expect a two year commitment from the point of matriculation into the program. All Masters level candidates can expect a two-three year commitment based on your full-time or part-time enrollment. 

Q: Does BSU offer a special programs for Certified Nurse Assistants (CNA) or Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN)?

A:  No, the BSU Department of Nursing does not offer special programs for CNA or LPN candidates. Those who possess an active CNA or LPN licensure are considered undergraduate students pursuing a degree in either the Traditional or Accelerated BS nursing program tracks.

Q: Does BSU offer a part-time BS nursing program?

A:  No. The undergraduate nursing program tracks at BSU are full-time. Students are expected to complete the entire program track according to the curriculum design.

Q: Can an individual test out of the nursing prerequisite or core courses based on knowledge or prior experience?

A:  No. Department of Nursing policies require that all coursework be completed in a didactic and/or clinical setting.

Q: Is there a program for licensed Registered Nurses (RN) to earn a bachelor's degree?

A:  Yes. The BSU Department of Nursing offers the RN to BS program track. This upper-division curriculum provides academic and experiential programs that assist RNs to expand their knowledge base and pursue advanced study. The admission requirements for this program are:

  • Licensure as a Maryland RN.
  • Must receive general admission to BSU as degree-seeking student.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Submission of the completed RN to BS program application packet no later than July 15 for fall semester admission (per consultation with an Academic Advisor).
  • Successful completion of nursing prerequisite courses with a grade of "C" or higher.

Q: Can a student with an international degree gain admittance to the nursing degree program?

A:  Yes. Students must have their foreign transcripts evaluated by the World Education Services (WES) or a similar certifying agency. The student must receive general admission though the BSU Office of Admissions. Upon receiving general admission to BSU, the student will then become eligible to apply to the nursing program provided mandatory course prerequisites are satisfied.

Q: Can a second-degree student pursue the BS nursing program?

A:  Yes. The student must receive general admission to BSU as a full-time, degree-seeking student declaring nursing as a major. General education prerequisites completed by the second-degree applicant will be waived. All 2nd Degree students are required to pursue the Accelerated BS 2nd Degree Nursing Program track.  The student will meet with a nursing academic advisor to prepare for admission to the program.

Q: How can an individual get additional information about the nursing degree program?

A:  All prosective candidates may email any questions or concerns to our Nursing Academic Advisor: