What sets us apart from other programs: our passion for increasing the number of qualified people of color in the nursing field. We believe well-rounded students make the best nurses and our liberal arts-based curriculum, infused with content from the social sciences, arts, humanities and computer science as well as health and science, opens up possibilities and opportunities in a broad range of careers. As a nursing major, you will:
- Analyze research and policies that affect nursing practice and client care
- Interpret how power, accountability and advocacy relate to nursing
- Develop specialized communication skills to effectively lead, collaborate and practice
- Learn how culture, lifestyle, values and traditions intersect in client care
- Use research findings to help clients prevent, manage and cure disease
- Integrate critical thinking and judgment to facilitate client’s optimal wellness
The baccalaureate nursing program prepares students to become generalists practicing within the ethical and legal framework of professional nursing. Your education will equip you to not only meet the changing health care needs of diverse populations; it will prepare you to be a leader.
- Experience: We offer nursing students cutting-edge technology and virtual simulation, including a simulation laboratory designed to enhance out-of-class learning for our nursing students. The lab is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday and is equipped with resources and technology to simulate a daily nursing experience to actively engage critical thinking and independent judgment skills. Lab instructors are available to support students as they learn to transform their knowledge to practice.
Our students also benefit from virtual practice with SimMan and SimBaby, computer-generated medical scenarios that challenge users to properly manage client assessment procedures. A video camera feature allows students and their instructors to review their client management and applied skills. More important, the clinical lab provides a non-threatening treatment setting that builds students’ confidence in client care.
Our newest technological asset in the simulation lab is Noel, a “pregnant” female mannequin demonstrating the full life cycle gestation and childbirth. With one-on-one support from qualified instructors, students virtually experience the birthing process and learn the dynamics of a pregnancy and delivery.
- Serve: To facilitate hands-on engagement, students complete clinical hours for credit in an approved placement location in the surrounding community:
- Adventist Behavioral Health
- Anne Arundel Medical Center
- Baltimore Washington Medical Center
- Children’s National Medical Center
- Doctor’s Hospital
- Genesis Health Care-Bowie
- Heart to Hand
- Hospice of the Chesapeake
- HSC Home Care
- MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center
- Prince George’s County Public Schools
- Sinai Hospital
- St. Elizabeth Hospital
- Veterans Administration Medical Center
- Join: In the spirit of collaboration and camaraderie, we offer two nursing student organizations. The Student Nurse Association, a pre-professional organization open to all nursing and pre-nursing students, provides students opportunities in service learning, scholarships, student leadership and collaboration with faculty.
We also host an undergraduate chapter of Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc., a national organization of professional nurses and nursing students with diverse cultural and educational backgrounds. Established in 2006, the Lambda Phi Beta is actively involved in the fight against health disparities in our community by promoting health education and disease prevention. The chapter also provides toiletries and canned goods to people in need and raises funds for health organizations.
Nursing is dynamic, complex and integral, both to the health care system and the people it serves. Our graduates go on to do pivotal work in at hospitals, correctional facilities, military bases, schools, government agencies, courts, missionary clinics and a long list of other places, including their own private practices. Many pursue advanced degrees and certifications. Whatever they choose to do, career options for nurses — such as the ones listed below — are abundant, diverse and far exceed the national average for other professions.
- Clinical nurse specialist
- Critical care nurse
- Emergency nurse
- Healthcare educator
- Health services manager
- Hospice/palliative care nurse
- Labor and delivery staff nurse
- Mental health nurse
- Medical sales representative
- Neonatal nurse
- Nurse administrator
- Nurse anesthetist
- Nurse educator
- Nurse midwife
- Nurse practitioner
- Oncology nurse
- Orthopaedic nurse
- Perioperative (O.R.) nurse
- Psychiatric/mental health nurse
- Research analyst
- School nurse