Q. I am already a Registered Nurse. Is this the program for me?
A. No. Please see our RN to BS program for information.
Q. I am an LPN. Do you offer an LPN to BS program and will my courses transfer?
A. Stevenson does not offer an LPN to BS program. It is generally advised for LPN’s to consider completing an LPN to RN Bridge program at a local community college, since LPN courses do not transfer for credit. For more information, please attend “A Closer Look at Nursing” information session.
Q. How long will it take to complete the nursing program?
A. Students who have completed all prerequisites can complete this full-time program in two years.
Q. When does the nursing program start, and when are classes scheduled?
A. The clinical nursing program begins each FALL semester only, not spring. Classes and clinical experiences may be scheduled for day or evening hours on weekdays or weekends.
Q. What are the criteria for admission to the Nursing major?
A. Visit the Admission Requirements for Transfer/Second Bachelor's Students page to learn about the required academic criteria.
Q. Do I have to take the TEAS Test or another entrance exam?
A. No. Students are currently not required to take the TEAS Test or other entrance exam.
Q. Can I take my prerequisite courses at any regionally accredited college or university?
A. Yes. The equivalent courses at many local community colleges can be found here.
Q. Can I take my prerequisite courses at Stevenson University?
A. If you are interested in completing the nursing prerequisites at Stevenson, please indicate this clearly in your application. However, please be aware that we may advise you to complete prerequisites elsewhere due to possible course sequencing issues.
Q. When will I have my first clinical experience?
A. Your first interaction with patients/clients will be in your junior (300 level) clinical nursing courses.
Q. What is the student-faculty ratio in the clinical experiences?
A. The student-faculty ratio in the clinical area range from 6:1 to 8:1. This ratio varies, depending upon the nature of the clinical experience and patient acuity.
Q. Where do I go for my clinical experiences?
A. Faculty-supervised clinical experiences are scheduled in many hospitals and health care facilities primarily in the Baltimore metropolitan area. Examples of hospitals where students have clinical experiences include: Union Memorial Hospital, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Sinai Hospital, GBMC, Franklin Square Hospital, St. Joseph Medical Center, and Mercy Medical Center. Examples of community health experiences include: Baltimore County Public Schools, various homeless shelters, and assisted living facilities.
Q. Do I have a choice of locations?
A. Clinical and Practicum placements are based on student academic learning needs and faculty input. Placements cannot be assigned according to car pool arrangements, geographic location and/or student preference.
Q. Do I need to provide my own transportation to the clinical experiences?
A. Yes, students are responsible for their own transportation to all classes and clinical experiences, including parking and other travel expenses
Q. Who teaches the nursing courses and answers questions about my curriculum?
A. As a nursing student, you will have a nursing faculty and/or staff member as your academic advisor. All nursing courses are taught by qualified nurse educators. Both full-time and part-time nursing faculty are committed to providing quality learning experiences to help you learn to be a nurse.
Q. What if I have taken nursing courses at another four year university or college?
A. Students who have taken nursing courses at another four year university or college and who left that program in good standing, i.e., not on probation or dismissed, will have their courses evaluated for possible transfer credit. A letter from the Director of Nursing verifying good standing is required of all nursing students transferring from another nursing program.
Q. What is the NCLEX–RN pass rate?
A. Upon graduation, students must take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses in order to become a registered nurse and practice nursing. The passing rate varies from year to year, however, Stevenson has consistently been in the 90% range. Information on NCLEX-RN pass rates is available on the Maryland Board of Nursing website (www.mbon.org). Information on the examination is available on the National Council of State Boards of Nursing website (www.ncsbn.org).
Q. Is the Nursing program accredited?
A. Yes, the program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) * and is approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing. Stevenson University has regional accreditation by the Commission on Higher Education, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, 3624 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19104.
*Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, D.C., 20036-1120