The Entry-Level Bachelor of Science in Nursing program provides non-nurses a strong foundation in caring science to become reflective caring clinicians in the profession of nursing. Our curriculum emphasizes the mission of the university—striving for intellectual and professional excellence, building inclusive communities, engaging in service to others, and promoting social responsibility.
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The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) at NDMU

Notre Dame offers three ways to secure a BSN:

Nursing Major

All qualified applicants are admitted to the University as nursing majors from day one.

Transfer Students

Sophomore Year

Enter the University in your sophomore year as a nursing major to complete general education requirements, courses in the liberal arts, and all support courses prior to taking junior-level nursing courses.

Junior Year

To enter the University in your junior year, you must apply for acceptance.


Four-Year Plan

Students must select courses with the assistance of a faculty advisor. The program of study requires a total of 120 to 131 credits.

Fall Spring
First Year
*MAT-100 Algebraic Applications OR 4 CHM-108 Survey of General, Organic & Biochemistry 4
*MAT-103 Applied Algebra (unless waived) 3 BIO-253 Microbiology 4
NDMU-100 Perspectives in Education 4 ENG English Literature 3
ENG-101 College Writing 3 PHL-201 Introduction to Philosophy 3
BIO-111 Fundamentals of Biology 4 PSY-101 Introductory Psychology 4
HIS History Requirement 3    
[14/18 credits]   [18 credits]  
Second Year
COM-106 Introduction to Oral Communications 3 BIO-202 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4
NUR-250 Nutrition for Wellness (Online) 3 SOC-101 Introductory Sociology 3
PHL-339 Medical Ethics 3 PSY-233 Human Growth & Development 3
BIO-201 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4 MAT-215 Basic Statistics 3
RST-105 Religion & The Big Questions 3 RST-300/400 Upper Level RST Course Requirement 3
[16 credits]   [16 credits]  
Third Year
NUR-301 Holistic Health Assessment 4 NUR-304 Healthy Aging 3
NUR-303 Nursing Informatics 2 NUR-311 Professional Nursing Care of the Adult I 4
NUR-305 Foundations of a Caring Profession 5 NUR-307 Research in Nursing Practice 3
NUR-310 Pathopharmacology 4 NUR-308 Professional Nursing Care: Psychiatric/Mental Health


    LSP-150 Beginning Spanish for the Healthcare Professional 3
[15 credits]   [17 credits]  
Fourth Year
NUR-417 Professional Nursing Care: Children and Families 4 NUR-431 Community Health Nursing 5
NUR-408 Professional Nursing Care: Maternal and Newborn 4 NUR-441 Caring Approaches in Nursing Leadership & Practice 4
NUR-409 Professional Nursing Care of the Adult II 4 NUR-461 Clinical Practicum 6
[12 credits]   [15 credits]  
Total General Education/Nursing Major Prerequisite Credits: 64/75
Total Nursing Credits: 56
[120/131 total credits]

Additional Curriculum Information

Gender and Cross-Cultural Studies General Education Requirements

In addition to the general education requirements listed in the curriculum, all NDMU students must satisfy a Gender Studies requirement and a Cross-Cultural Studies Requirement.   

Students who take both MAT-100/103 and BIO-110, will need to fit a general education requirement into a winterim or summer semester (these students will meet with their advisor to make a plan for completing the requirement).

*Math Requirement

If pre-nursing students place into MAT-100 Algebraic Applications on the math placement test, then they are required to take MAT-100. If pre-nursing students place into MAT-103 Applied Algebra, then they are required to take MAT-103. 

However, if they place into MAT 107 or higher, then MAT-103 may be waived.

General Biology Requirement

BIO-111 General Biology requires permission of instructor to take without BIO-110 Exploring Concepts of Biology as a pre-requisite  course.

Foreign Language Requirement for Nursing Majors Only

LSP-150 Beginning Spanish for Health Professions is a requirement of the nursing major. Students will take a Spanish placement test that determines whether or not they are eligible to take an equivalency exam in place of the course.


Updated July 2020

What to Expect Studying at Notre Dame of Maryland University

Small class sizes, faculty mentoring, and hands-on experiences offer an environment of individualized learning while clinicals, service-learning, and study abroad provide opportunities to transform the world.

Program Accreditation

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Faith Fletcher

Prepared for Real Life Obstacles

Alum, NDMU Class of 2019
Nursing (Entry-Level BSN)
NDMU has prepared me for the real life obstacles and frustrations that will accompany me in life. I have learned the value of empowerment and education. What's Next for Faith: Johns Hopkins Hospital - Neuro Intensive Care Unit

Research & Internship Opportunities

As a nursing student, you will have research opportunities both in the classroom and in clinical practice.

  • Nursing Research, a required course for all students, includes a service-learning component.
  • During your Clinical Practicum, you will have an opportunity to create a Transformational Practice Project which can be presented at our annual BSN symposium and at Nancy Kreiter Student Research Day.

In Nursing, we teach the value of advocacy; advocacy for patients and their families. Research assignments are often built on this outcome and the School of Nursing’s mission overall.

Clinical Experiences

You will have an opportunity to gain experience in a clinical setting at the start of your junior year and you will take courses with a clinical component every semester from that point forward. 

In clinicals, you will have a chance to apply concepts learned in the classroom by working with patients and their families under the supervision of a clinical instructor.

Clinical Sites Include
Simulation Labs

In addition to clinical sites, you will also spend time in our state of the art simulation labs which allow you to practice your response to realistic medical situations in a safe environment.

Study Abroad

You may choose to participate in a mission trip to Haiti as part of the Community Health Clinical Experience.

Study Abroad

  • Rodnita Davis

    Assistant Professor/Director, Entry-Level Nursing Programs