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Hood College offers two paths to the bachelor of science in nursing degree, the BSN completion program for registered nurses and a four-year pre-licensure program.

The programs provide the skills for the increasing complexity of health care in the 21st century by offering a foundation of liberal arts courses and supplemental nursing education focusing on leadership, research and evidenced-based practice, critical thinking, nursing theory and communications.

The Bachelor of Science degree in nursing at Hood College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

The Hood College nursing programs are approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing and the Maryland Higher Education Commission.

The BSN Completion Program

The bachelor of science in nursing completion program is designed for licensed registered nurses who have earned either an associate degree in nursing from a community college or a diploma from a hospital-based program. The part-time program is designed to accommodate working professionals. Learn more about requirements for the major.

The BSN Pre-licensure Program

The four-year bachelor of science in nursing pre-licensure program provides a high quality educational experience that increases the professional aptitude of the students, broadens their choices for career advancement and improves the quality of nursing both locally and regionally. Students are required to earn a minimum of 124 credits at the 100 level or above, complete all necessary core curriculum and nursing requirements. Learn more about requirements for the major.  

Nursing Department Mission

The Hood College Department of Nursing strives to prepare nursing students for reflective, culturally competent nursing practice through the systematic study of the liberal arts and the science of nursing. By promoting the exploration of innovative practices, the incorporation of technology and research, and the pursuit of knowledge, we inspire our nursing students to advocate for the improved health of the individuals and families that make up the diverse global community.

Student Outcomes: 

  • Integrate nursing science, humanities, behavioral and physical sciences as a basis for safe nursing practice including clinical reasoning, critical thinking and judgment.  
  • Provide caring and competent nursing care to culturally diverse clients in a changing and complex healthcare environment across the lifespan 
  • Support optimal health outcomes for patients, families, communities and populations through actions that include health promotion, disease prevention, autonomy, and advocacy 
  • Utilize effective communication strategies to collaborate with multidisciplinary teams to provide patient-centered care 
  • Safely utilize information technologies to promote optimal patient care 
  • Apply basic organizational and systems leadership for quality care, ethical practice and patient safety 
  • Cultivate professional development by making a commitment to life-long learning and professional activities 
  • Evaluate the health policy, regulation and payment process for the improvement of health care for all 
  • Integrate research, ethical principles and patient preference into clinical decision making through evaluative nursing practice 

View the nursing handbook here.