Entrance into nursing school is a competitive process. While requirements vary from school to school, qualified applicants should have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average, as well as a 3.0 average in the required science coursework. As always, it is a good idea to review each school’s profile to determine what the minimum requirements are for entry.
Each school will vary with what the specifically require to apply to their program, but the following is a list of common components of the application process:
- Letters of Recommendation – Written by faculty members, schools may require 2-3 letters on your behalf. Ideally these letters should come from faculty who know you well and with whom you have done well in their courses.
- Essay – Most schools will require to write an essay regarding your interest in nursing school and the field of nursing. Some schools may even have specific questions for you to answer.
- Entrance Exams – Some schools require exams such as the TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills).
For information on specific schools requirements, please visit the individual school website. For additional information regarding Nursing, please visit the following websites:
Students interested in Nursing are also encouraged to join the Pre-Nursing Society (PNS), which offers programs and workshops throughout the the year. To join the PNS, students can log into myUMBC and join the Pre-Nursing Society community. They also meet biweekly on Wednesdays in SOND 109.
Nursing Schools in Maryland
UMBC students apply to nursing schools all over the region, but many choose schools in the Baltimore area. Below you will find a list of the most popular schools our students apply to, and some basic information about their application process. For more detailed information, make sure to contact the individual school.
|School||Semester Start||Types of Programs||Application Deadlines||Minimum GPA|
|Bowie State University||Fall||Accelerated BSN*,
|Accelerated – Feb 1
Traditional – April 6
|Accelerated – 3.0
Traditional – Overall 2.75 & 2.5 Science
|Johns Hopkins University||Fall & Spring||Entry to Practice MSN**||Fall – Jan 1
Spring- July 1
|Stevenson University||Fall||Traditional BSN||Feb 15||Overall & Science 3.0|
|Towson University||Fall & Spring||Traditional BSN||Fall – Jan 15
Spring – Aug 15
|University of Maryland, School of Nursing||Fall & Spring||Traditional BSN,
Entry to Practice-CNL**
|Fall – Feb 1
Spring – Sept 1
* Does not require a Bachelor’s Degree
** Requires a Bachelor’s Degree (not in nursing) to apply