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NOTE: This page contains information from the 2012-2013 Catalog. It remains available for archival purposes only. For the most current WC Catalog content, please visit http://catalog.washcoll.edu and download this year’s edition.
Division of Natural Sciences, 
A Dual-Degree (3:2) Program

 

Students may earn a bachelor’s degree from Washington College and a bachelor of science degree with a major in nursing from the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, the University of Maryland School of Nursing or the University of Delaware College of Health Sciences. This dual degree program requires four to five years of study, depending on the program. The first three years are spent at Washington College fulfilling the general education requirements, requirements for a major, and the prerequisites for entrance into the school of nursing. Because of the shortened period of time at Washington College and the prerequisites in biology, students will usually major in biology or psychology, although another major is possible with departmental approval. Depending on the school, one or two years of additional study are required at the School of Nursing to complete the requirements for a degree in nursing. Students electing to study at Johns Hopkins enter the “Accelerated Second Degree Program” and can complete the program in either 13 or 17 months. At the University of Maryland students enter the “Traditional Baccalaureate Program,” which takes two years, and students opting for Delaware enter the “Accelerated Degree Nursing Program,” which is completed in 17 months.

These nursing programs recommend that students participate in a nursing internship program. Students may speak with the 3:2 Nursing Advisor for information on internship opportunities.

Students successfully completing the first year of the nursing program will have completed requirements for a bachelor’s degree from Washington College. To be eligible for graduation from Washington College, students must see that the Registrar at Washington College receives their transcripts from University of Delaware, Johns Hopkins or University of Maryland by the appropriate graduation deadline. In their first year at the nursing school students must plan to carry enough credits to graduate from Washington College the following spring (16 credits per semester).

Students should refer to the Web site for each School of Nursing and contact personnel at the nursing school to check on current admission requirements.

Some students elect to complete the bachelor’s degree at Washington College before applying to nursing school. The prerequisites for admission differ slightly for these students. These students have several options and could enter either BS or MS nursing programs.

Prerequisites for the University of Maryland
  • BIO 111, 112. General Biology (w/lab) 8 credits
  • BIO 301, 424. Anatomy and Physiology (w/lab) 8 credits
  • BIO 203. Microbiology (w/lab) 4 credits
  • CHE 111. General Chemistry (w/lab) 4 credits
  • Nutrition 3 credits*
  • MAT 109 or PSY 209. Statistics 3 credits
  • Mathematics 3 credits (any college math course but not a computer science course)
  • ENG 101. English Composition and a second English course 6 credits
  • PSY 111. Introductory Psychology 3 credits
  • PSY 202. Life-span Development 3 credits
  • SOC 101. Introductory Sociology 3 credits
  • Social Sciences Electives 3 credits
  • Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, or another course in Psychology or Sociology,
  • Humanities Electives 9 credits
  • Other courses taken from at least two different departments — English, Philosophy, Art, Music, Drama, Dance, Religion, or Foreign Languages
  • Open Electives 7 credits

*Nutrition must be taken elsewhere.

Prerequisites for Johns Hopkins
  • BIO 301, 424. Anatomy and Physiology (w/lab) 8 credits (BIO 111, 112 are prerequisites)
  • BIO 203. Microbiology (w/lab) 4 credits (BIO 111, 112 are prerequisites)
  • PED 052. Nutrition 2 credits
  • MAT 109 or PSY 209. Statistics 3 credits
  • PSY 202. Life-span Development 3 credits
Prerequisites for the University of Delaware
  • BIO 111, 112. General Biology (w/lab) 8 credits
  • BIO 301, 424. Anatomy and Physiology (w/lab) 8 credits
  • BIO 203. Microbiology (w/lab) 4 credits
  • Pathophysiology* 3 credits
  • NURS 212 (Delaware)
  • Nutrition* 3 credits
  • NTDT 200 (Delaware)
  • CHE 111, 112. General Chemistry (w/lab) 8 credits
  • CHE 201, 202. Organic Chemistry (w/lab)* 8 credits
  • MAT 109 or PSY 209. Statistics 3 credits
  • Critical Reading, Writing, and Literature (Two literature courses) 6 credits
  • ENG 101. Problems in Composition 3 credits
  • A course in English literature 3 credits
  • PSY 111. General Psychology 3 credits
  • PSY 202. Life-Span Development 3 credits
  • SOC 101. Introductory Sociology 3 credits
  • Social Sciences Electives 3 credits (or another course in the Social Sciences)
  • Art 200. Introduction to History of Western Art 3 credits (Humanities Elective)
  • Open Electives 6 credits

*These courses will be taken in the first semester at UD.

Requirements for a major in biology or psychology from washington college in the 3:2 nursing program

  • Completion of 96 credit hours before leaving Washington College
  • Completion of all general education requirements prior to leaving Washington College
For A Major in Biology:
  • BIO 111, 112. General Biology
  • BIO 203. Microbiology
  • BIO 301. Comparative Anatomy
  • BIO 424. Comparative Physiology
  • Two additional upper level biology courses (BIO 305, Genetics, is recommended)
  • CHE 111, 112. General Chemistry
  • CHE 201. Organic Chemistry
  • MAT 201. Differential Calculus
For A Major in Psychology:
  • PSY 111, 112. General Psychology
  • Two-semester methods sequence in statistics (BUS 215, ECN 215, MAT 109 or PSY 209), followed by PSY 309 Research Design
  • Three additional psychology electives, one of which must be a lab course. The three electives must be chosen so that one comes from each of the following areas:
  • General (PSY 202 required for nursing)
  • Biological (PSY 210, 305, 313, 317, 410)
  • Clinical Psychology (PSY 233, 234, 304, 320, 333, 403, 433, or Human Neuropsychology).
Advising and Application

The strict requirements of this program make it imperative that interested students start planning their schedules of courses early in the first year at Washington College. It is strongly recommend that students contact the 3:2 Nursing Advisor soon after arrival on campus and that they attend information sessions on the 3:2 Nursing Program.

Applications for admission to the schools of nursing should be submitted during the fall semester of the third year at Washington College. Be aware that admission is not guaranteed! An overall GPA of 3.0 in the prerequisite courses is recommended for admission, and grades of B or better are required in all of the prerequisite courses. Applicants are reviewed on an individual basis.