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Traditional (BS) Nursing Program Track

Program Description

The Traditional Undergraduate (or baccalaureate) Nursing Program offers the Bachelor of Science degree (BS) after the successful completion of four years of nursing curriculum.  This program track is designed for freshman entry level candidates, however, transfer applicants may also apply.  The program prepares graduates to take the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nursing Practice (NCLEX-RN). The baccalaureate nursing program prepares the learner as a generalist to practice within the ethical, legal framework of professional nursing. We believe graduates should be prepared to provide therapeutic and culturally congruent care in a variety of settings, to meet the current and future needs of global communities. Graduates are educated to become consumers of research, work collaboratively as a member of the health care team, and utilize emerging new technologies. The following concepts are essential to baccalaureate nursing education: culturally congruent care, research, professional role, and leadership. The generalist role of baccalaureate nursing education is the foundation for specific roles of graduate nursing education.

Program Goals

The Department of Nursing goals are consistent with the mission of the University and reflect the philosophy of the nursing faculty. The Department of Nursing goals are:

  • To provide quality programs supportive of the learning needs of diverse learners so that they may accomplish their educational goals.
  • To provide an environment supportive of quality instruction, the use of technology, scholarly endeavors, and critical thinking.
  • To maintain faculty support systems and staff development programs that foster creativity and facilitate the faculty's contributions to higher education and the nursing profession.
  • To maximize opportunities for students and faculty to participate in the internal operations of the University so as to foster optimal communications and ensure maximum involvement in the development and maintenance of programs and services.
  • To engage in cooperative and collaborative relationships with regional communities that will promote health and nursing.


(Traditional nursing admission is designed for freshman status students at Bowie State University, who have completed the required general education courses to become eligible for admission to the Traditional Baccaulaureate Nursing Program.  Candidates for this program track are admitted for the fall semester only.  Nursing entrance examinations are not required!   In order to be considered for this program track, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Applicants must have or obtain student status at Bowie State University according to the time-frame of nursing admission. Students are admitted  for each fall semester. We do NOT offer a SPRING nursing admission.
  • All applicants must have successfully completed the program general course requirements. Candidates are required to have no less than a cumulative GPA of 2.75 and a GPA of 2.5 in the science prerequisites. (See curriculum progression plan)
  • All applicants are required to successfully complete the NURS 101 course requirement.
  • All candidates must complete the Nursing Program application to become a candidate for consideration. The Department of Nursing will not accept applications until the established application submission dates.  (See below for the fall nursing admission dates and deadlines!)

Transfer Applicants:

  • Advised to transfer to BSU the semester ahead of the nursing application process to ensure transfer credit equivalency.
  • Must submit sealed official transcripts of each institution attended with the nursing application as ONE packet.
  • Science courses cannot be older than five years. 
  • Nursing courses are not transferable to BSU.
  • Will be required to successfully complete the summer NURS 101 course at BSU upon receiving admission.
  • Recommended for those transfer students maintaining 35 or less credits!


         *Please know that all Transfer Credit Evaluations are conducted by the BSU Office of Admissions upon completion of the on-line BSU general admissions application. Please visit the BSU "admissions" webpage to learn more about the credit evaluation process.



                                                                 Application Submission Date: (March 1, 2017)

                                                                          Application Deadline: (April 3, 2017)


                       (All candidates will be notified of their nursing admission status by late May 2017!)

(Note: All admitted nursing students must have a criminal background check (conducted in federal and state standards). 

Please understand that admission to the Tradtional BS Nursing program track is 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.

For questions or concerns, prospective candidates are required to send inquiries via email to our Nursing Academic Advisor: