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Nursing

Hood College, in association with Frederick Memorial Hospital, offers a bachelor of science in nursing degree completion program designed for registered nurses. The program is available to students who have satisfied the prerequisites.

Program Objectives

The Hood College Bachelor of Science in Nursing Completion Program's educational objective is to provide a high quality educational experience that will increase the students' professional leadership, broaden their choices for career advancement, develop the foundation for graduate education, and improve the quality of nursing both locally and regionally.

The curriculum is designed for the working student. Most semesters include 5 to 8 credit hours of required courses.

Maryland RN to BSN Articulation Model

Hood College participates in the Maryland RN-BSN Articulation Model. All registered nurses admitted to Hood College will enter under the terms of this model, as they apply to Hood College's nursing program.

  • Up to 62 community college credits or up to 94 credits from a four-year institution will be accepted in transfer;
  • No community college nursing credits will be transferred;
  • All RNs with an active unencumbered license to practice in Maryland or a Maryland compact state will be granted 30 upper- level nursing credits per the articulation model; and
  • RNs will complete the remaining upper-level nursing credits and any additional program requirements at Hood College.

General Education Requirements

  • Associate degree or equivalent as determined by Hood College
  • Upper-level Hood College Core*
    *As part of Hood College's degree requirements (124 credit hours), one 3-credit course in Western civilization and one 3-credit course in non- Western civilization must be taken at Hood. To complete a major in nursing science, a minimum of 36 earned credits from Hood is required for graduation. The final credits must be earned at Hood College.

Nursing Program Prerequisite Courses

Students must successfully complete this coursework to be eligible to begin the nursing sequence.

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology w/lab (Minimum of two semesters)
  • Microbiology
  • Chemistry w/lab
  • Nutrition
  • Mathematics (100-level or above)
  • Humanities electives (6 credits)
  • Intro to Psychology
  • Intro to Sociology
  • Human Growth and Development

Nursing Program Courses

  • NUR 301: Dimensions of Professional Nursing
  • NUR 302: Trends in Health Care Delivery
  • NUR 303: Health Assessment
  • NUR 304: Informatics and Health Care Technology
  • NUR 401: Nursing Research and Evidenced-Based Practice
  • NUR 402: Ethical Issues in Contemporary Health Care
  • NUR 403: Community Health Nursing
  • NUR 404: Leadership in Nursing Practice

Program Completion

Students enrolled in the BSN Completion Program must earn a mini- mum of 124 credits in order to receive a degree. At least 36 of these credits must reflect course work taken at Hood College.

What our students say

Class of 2014

"My BSN degree was delayed due to other family commitments. I tried looking into other programs, but they wouldn't work with my schedule. The Hood BSN program is providing me with an opportunity to com- plete that degree. It's the fit I was looking for."

Class of 2013

"I love learning and I have found Hood loves it too. Classes are interest- ing because it's not just sit there and listen. It's discuss, examine, reason and compare. I love Blackboard and being plugged in to the latest tech- nology devices to help me learn. My classes are very interactive and so are all my text books."

"I feel supported and encouraged by my professors, not just in the nurs- ing program, but from the student success center. Whenever I've needed help with my math classes or writing papers, it's been so easy to get the aid I needed."

"I was a little scared going back to school after receiving my associate degree in nursing so many years ago, but I got the help I needed to feel successful and do well. Because of the small class sizes, I didn't get lost in the crowd. I ended up finding myself."

Class of 2014

"I love the Hood Nursing RN-BSN Completion Program. I feel honored to be learning from such amazing instructors. The class is diverse with nursing backgrounds and education. I am learning so much more than I even imagined. Very happy to be continuing my nursing education through Hood."

Hood College has received program approval from the Maryland Board of Nursing and the Maryland Higher Education Commission. The program is pursuing accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Why Get Your BSN?

With the Institute of Medicine (2010) calling for 80 percent of the nursing workforce to hold at least a bachelor's degree by 2020, moving to prepare nurses at this level has become a national priority.

From a survey conducted by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and based on completed responses from 509 schools of nursing, 30.1 percent of hospitals and other healthcare settings are requiring new hires to have a bachelor's degree in nursing, while 76.6 percent of employ- ers are expressing a strong preference for BSN program graduates.

The nation's Magnet hospitals, which are recognized for nursing excel- lence and superior patient outcomes, have moved to require all nurse managers and nurse leaders to hold a baccalaureate or graduate degree in nursing by 2013. Hospitals applying for Magnet designation must also show what plans are in place to achieve the Institute of Medicine's recommendation of having 80 percent baccalaureate prepared RN workforce by 2020.

The National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice (NACNEP) calls for at least two-thirds of the nurse workforce to hold baccalaureate or higher degrees in nursing. Currently, only 50 percent of nurses hold degrees at the baccalaureate level and above.

According to the AARP's Center to Champion Nursing in America, the focus of health care delivery increasingly will be on primary prevention, long-term and palliative care emphasizing self care management and care coordination. Nurses will need preparation in models of transitional care, communication with multiple disciplines technological expertise and knowledge of quality improvement mechanisms. Nurses are prepared for these skills for the future most often through baccalaureate and graduate education in nursing. Yet, the majority of practicing nurses (60 percent) enter the profession with an associate degree. This level of education, while an important contribution to the nursing workforce, does not cre- ate a strong pipeline for graduate level education. Simply put, Americans need more BSN, MSN and doctorally prepared nurses.

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