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. Students can also opt for the 3:2 nursing articulation program with the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMDSON).
Our 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.
Some students elect to complete the bachelor’s degree at Washington College before admission to nursing school. The prerequisites for nursing schools differ slightly for these students, who may then complete the BS or MS in nursing. For either path you choose it is recommended that students intern in a healthcare setting to prepare for their future career.
To determine which pathway would be ideal for you please make an appointment with either the Faculty Advisor or the Pre-health Professions Program Office.
Now a nursing coordinator at a Washington, D.C., clinic for people who lack health care options, Lauren Myers-Bromwell ’09 says her undergraduate education combined with two years in the Peace Corps laid the foundation for her career.
Francesca DiPaula ’15, a biology major in the 3:2 nursing program, is one of five Washington College juniors applying to the University of Maryland School of Nursing this spring.