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Programs at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center

Bowie State University now offers the Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and the Nurse Educator (NED) program tracks at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center. Both programs prepare professional nurses for advanced practice roles and doctoral study. Graduate nursing education provides the learner with opportunities to develop expertise and specialized knowledge in the care of clients and populations. Our programs incorporate evidence-based practice that enables nurses to participate in health promotion and disease prevention, health management, education, research, and health policy analysis. It is organized using core, supporting, and specialty content. Emphasis is on the health care needs of vulnerable and under-served populations. 

Our program roles include 49 credit hours of courses and over 600 hours of practicum experience; graduates of the program are eligible to take national certification examinations for the family nurse practitioner role. The Master of Science in Nursing program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.


Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)  

Graduates are prepared for advanced practice that involves individuals and families throughout the lifespan and across the health continuum. In the advanced practice role, family nurse practitioners demonstrate autonomous and collaborative decision-making (with physicians, nurses, and other members of the health care team), and hold direct accountability for clinical judgment. FNPs are primary care providers for clients of all ages to promote health, prevent disease, and manage acute and stable chronic health problems. They diagnose, and prescribe medications and treatments. In addition, they serve as a health care resource, client advocate, health educator, and consultant as part of an interprofessional health team.



  • All candidates must have previously earned an undergraduate nursing degree from a nationally accredited university.
  • Students must have a minimum of one year of professional nursing experience prior to admission to role courses.
  • All candidates must have a cumulative GPA 2.75 or higher.
  • All candidates must possess current RN licensure in the State of Maryland.
  • All candidates must complete the online graduate admission application via the Bowie State University Office of Admissions.
  • All candidates must complete a Graduate Nursing Application from the BSU Department of Nursing.

The first step in the application process is to apply to the BSU Graduate School – this application is located on the BSU website on the homepage. At the top of the homepage website click on “Apply Now” and submit the Graduate School application and pay the required application fee. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

The second step in the application process is to apply to the Department of Nursing Graduate Nursing Program. This application must be downloaded from the Department of Nursing website under “Master of Science Nursing Program” – click on Graduate Nursing Application. The documents listed below must be submitted with the Graduate Nursing application. The completed packet must be submitted to the Department of Nursing by March 31st (for fall admission). Candidates must submit official academic transcripts from each institution attended.

  • Candidates must submit three (3) professional recommendations. Recommendations from an immediate supervisor and two professional colleagues are required.  Recommendation forms are included with the nursing application and located on the Department of Nursing webpage.
  • Current Professional Resume
  • A personal statement of goals and objectives for pursuing graduate nursing study (150-200 words, typed and double-spaced). Please clearly state which program you are applying for (FNP or NE).
  • One copy of each of the following:
    1. Current Maryland RN licensure verification
    2. Current CPR certification


                                                                Application Submission Date:  January 8, 2018

                                                                Application Deadline Date:  March 8, 2018



Please understand that admission to the Graduate Nursing program tracks are highly selective. There are many more applicants than there is available space. While you may meet the criteria above, there may be more candidates that surpassed the criteria.

All candidates who are foreign-trained nurses are required to be licensed in the state of Maryland and have their international transcripts be evaluated by the World Evaluation Services (WES) or the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nurse Schools (CGFNS). A copy of this evaluation must be submitted with your application to the program!


The BSU graduate nursing program is accredited by:

(ACEN) Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.

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Southern Maryland Higher Education Center (SMHEC)

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Phone: 301-737-2500