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2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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A pre-professional program is a statement of intent on the student’s part, not an academic major.

Nurses are an integral part of a health care team and are generally responsible for the planning, implementation, and evaluation of a patient’s health plan. Nurses also provide health promotion, counseling and education to patients and their families (American Nurses Association).

The pre-nursing students pursue a course of study to fulfill requirements for nursing school; this involves approximately two years of study at UMBC. Students will then complete their professional studies and Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree at another institution and not receive a degree from UMBC.

Students also have the option of remaining at UMBC to earn a bachelor’s degree before moving on to professional studies in nursing at another institution.

The Office for Academic & Pre-Professional Advising can assist students interested in pursuing the pre-nursing curriculum.

The coursework below meets the requirements for most nationally accredited nursing programs. Students should become familiar with the requirements of the school(s) from which they eventually wish to obtain their professional degree.

Nursing Requirements and UMBC Equivalent Courses

English (6)

Social Sciences Elective (3)

  • Choose among Psychology, Sociology, Geography, Political Science, Economics, Anthropology, Social Work, History

Arts and Humanities Electives (9)

  • Choose among Literature, Foreign Language, Art, History, Music, Mathematics, Philosophy, Speech**

Total: 63-64 Credits


*See advisor for acceptable courses.

**Courses must be completed in two different academic areas.

UMBC/UMSON (University of Maryland School of Nursing) Nursing Pathway

For incoming freshmen who are interested in nursing, UMBC offers a collaborative partnership with the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON), a premiere school of Nursing. This partnership focuses on enhanced advising, programming and preparation for nursing school while at UMBC. Students are paired with pre-nursing advisors who will mentor them through their academic career and foster a connection between UMBC and the UMSON. While at UMBC, students also have the added benefit of collective programmatic opportunities, including site visits to UMSON to see classrooms, labs and clinical sites. Eligible students must indicate their intended program of study as Pre-Nursing prior to matriculation at UMBC. As part of this collaboration, each year UMBC secures as many as thirty seats in the UMSON class, offered to those who have met certain academic requirements. For more information on this exclusive partnership, please contact the Office for Academic and Pre-Professional Advising.

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