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Pre-Nursing

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Nursing is one of the most rewarding and challenging professions you can choose. Beyond the personal satisfaction of treating patients with care and compassion, few professions give you as many choices of where (and when) to work, areas of specialization, and opportunities for advancement.

In order to enter this dynamic profession with substantial growth predicted over the next ten years, Washington College students can earn either a four-year bachelor of science degree at Washington College, completing all of the pre-nursing prerequisite courses, and then apply for nursing school after they graduate. This allows them to opt for an additional bachelor’s degree through an accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree (BSN) or apply to a direct entry Master of Science in Nursing Degree (MSN). 

Students wishing to apply to a professional school in nursing following graduation should pay particular attention to the Common Pre-Nursing Prerequisite Coursework section of the Pre-Nursing website. The prerequisites for nursing schools differ slightly for these students who do not opt to participate in the Washington College articulation with the University of Maryland School of Nursing. For either path you choose, it is recommended that students intern in a healthcare setting to prepare for their future career.

Washington College allows students to opt for the 3:2 nursing articulation program with the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMDSON). The articulation agreement with the UMDSON means students earn two degrees in five years. This approach allows you to enjoy the full benefit of a liberal arts experience while fulfilling the prerequisites for entrance into a second degree. The first three years are spent here, where nursing students major in biology or psychology, and the last two years are completed at The University of Maryland School of Nursing. For more information about the courses required and the recommended path to take these courses, please see the Articulation Agreement and Course Schedule section of the Pre-Nursing website. 

To better understand what Washington College Alumni accomplish with these different academic approaches, please take a look at the Acceptances and Outcomes section of the Pre-Nursing website. To determine which pathway and which degrees would be ideal for you, please make an appointment with either the Faculty Advisor or the Pre-health Professions Program Office.