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Oct. 8: Four-year undergraduate nursing program added to curriculum

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

FREDERICK, Md.—Hood College has expanded its undergraduate degree programs to include a four-year program leading to a bachelor of science in nursing degree.

Hood received approval for the BSN program in September from the Maryland Higher Education Commission, Maryland's higher education coordinating board responsible for establishing policies for the state's public and private colleges and universities and for-profit career schools. Registered nurses who hold an associate degree in nursing can also enroll in the BSN completion program, which began at Hood in 2011. Twenty-three students have completed the requirements to earn a BSN degree. Both programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing.

The curriculum has a strong liberal arts component, a foundation in biology and chemistry and a series of nursing courses that are consistent with the Maryland nursing standards and standard for the CCNE.

The College recently equipped an unfinished space in the Hodson Science and Technology Center with laboratories and classrooms to accommodate its expanding nursing program.

Carol Snapp, DNSc., assistant professor of nursing and director of the BSN program, led Hood's efforts to develop the comprehensive and detailed proposal to present to the board, and a number of faculty members assisted in finalizing the program's curriculum.