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Your path to a rewarding career in nursing.

Stevenson's Bachelor of Science in Nursing prepares you for the critical and expanding role of the nurse in today's healthcare system. The program's philosophy and focus emphasize the ethic of care, critical thinking, and a spirit of inquiry in education, practice, service, and research.

  • Overview


    Bachelor of Science

    Stevenson's Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing (MBON). Upon successful completion of all degree requirements, you are eligible for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) to become a registered nurse.

    You enter the Nursing major upon admission to Stevenson, which provides you with program-specific guidance and continuity from the first semester. Clinical nursing courses begin in the third year and engage you in dealing with real-life issues in the world of healthcare. Small classes and clinical groups afford rich opportunities for you to build one-on-one professional mentoring relationships with nursing faculty.

    As a Nursing student, you will complete clinical experiences at local hospitals and community-based settings to ensure breadth and depth in your applied nursing education.

    What Will You Learn?

    • Integrate the concepts of caring in nursing practice in diverse healthcare settings.
    • Engage in holistic reflective nursing practice informed by the arts, sciences, and humanities.
    • Exhibit competencies in critical thinking, communication, evidence-based decision making, scholarly inquiry and technical skills in the practice of nursing.
    • Integrate professional competencies in the nursing roles of provider, designer, manager, and coordinator of care and participate as an active member of the profession.
    • Assume ethical and legal responsibility and accountability in nursing practice, exemplifying the values of altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, and social justice.
    • Apply leadership concepts, skills, and decision-making in creating caring environments to promote health and healing in individuals, families, and communities.

    A complete listing of learning outcomes for the Nursing program can be found in our Academic Catalog.
    Learning Outcomes

    Why Study Nursing?

    Stevenson's rigorous Nursing program prepares you for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) to become a registered nurse. This exam is usually taken during the summer after graduation, and Stevenson graduates have consistently surpassed Maryland's minimal pass rate for the exam.

  • Courses & Requirements

    Courses and Requirements

    The courses listed below are required for completion of the bachelor's degree with a major in Nursing for students following the full-time curriculum plan beginning fall, 2013. Students must also complete the requirements for the Stevenson University curriculum. In general, students take lower-level (100- and 200-level) courses in freshman or sophomore years and upper-level (300- and 400-level) courses in junior or senior years. Specific pre- and co-requisites for each course are provided in the course descriptions. Courses in the Nursing program are carefully sequenced to provide students with a growing theory base to promote success in subsequent courses. It is critical that Nursing students on this plan consult their academic advisor when planning their course schedule.

    Major Requirements

    • BIO 113 General Biology I: Cell Biology and Genetics
    • BIO 113L General Biology I: Cell Biology and Genetics Laboratory
    • BIO 203 Microbiology
    • BIO 222 Human Anatomy
    • BIO 240 Nutrition
    • BIO 322 Human Physiology
    • CHEM 110 Foundations of General, Organic and Biochemistry
    • CHEM 110L Foundations of General, Organic and Biochemistry Lab
    • MATH 140 Basic Statistics
    • NURS 102 New Student Seminar-Nursing
    • NURS 110 Computer Technology in Nursing
    • NURS 200 Dosage Calculations
    • NURS 310 Introduction to Clinical Nursing
    • NURS 311 Communication and Cultural Competency
    • NURS 317 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology I
    • NURS 318 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology II
    • NURS 330 Health Assessment
    • NURS 337 Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing
    • NURS 338 Care of the Childbearing Family
    • NURS 360 Medical/Surgical Nursing I
    • NURS 405 Care of Vulnerable Populations/Community
    • NURS 409 Care of Children and Families
    • NURS 435 Professionalism in Nursing
    • NURS 437 Introduction to Nursing Research
    • NURS 440 Leadership Practicum
    • NURS 460 Medical/Surgical Nursing II
    • NURS 470 Medical/Surgical Nursing III
    • PHIL 415 Topics in Professional Ethics
    • PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology
    • PSY 108 Human Growth & Development
    • SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology

    Clinical Requirements

    Students have clinical experiences in the Nursing Resource Center, hospitals, and community-based settings. As students progress through the program, the opportunity to learn from experienced registered nurses in real-world settings allows the student to apply theory content to clinical practice. By the last semester for the final practicum experience, students work with a preceptor, following a typical nursing schedule. Throughout the program, clinical experiences may be scheduled for day or evening hours on weekdays or weekends. More detail on clinical requirements is included in the School of the Sciences Nursing Student Guide.


    In order to participate in clinical experiences, students must maintain current certification in the American Heart Association (AHA) Healthcare Provider Course.

    Health requirements

    In order to participate in clinical experiences, students must submit results of an annual PPD test and all other supplemental health requirements to the Administrative Assistant in the School of the Sciences by July 1st.

    Clinical site requirements

    Many hospital and community health facilities require background checks, fingerprinting and drug screens as well as Influenza vaccines (when available) prior to allowing students to participate in clinical experiences. Therefore, all students must complete these requirements prior to the junior year and again senior year to validate eligibility to continue in the nursing program. Students should plan ahead for these extra expenses, as well as the cost of travel to clinical sites. Facility requirements may dictate that students come to the university and/or clinical sites prior to the start of courses to fill out necessary paperwork and complete necessary training. Students are not permitted to arrange their own clinical placements.


    Transportation to and from clinical agencies is the responsibility of the student. Some clinical facilities may be a fair distance from Stevenson University, so students should plan for extra time and expenses related to this travel.

    Dosage Policy

    Students must meet the requirements for medication administration as outlined in the nursing student handbook and NURS 200.

    Last Updated: 3/17/2015

  • Tracks & Minors

    Tracks and Minors


    A minor in Nursing is not available.

    Last Updated: 3/17/2015


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What Can You Do With This Degree?

Graduates of our Nursing program embark on many rewarding career choices, including:

• Cardiology Nurse
• Critical Care Nurse
• Forensic Nurse
• Neonatal Nurse
• Pediatric Nurse

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