Nursing - RN to BS Option Program Description

Stevenson University offers the RN to BS option for registered nurses who would like to obtain a bachelor’s degree in nursing. The curriculum is offered in an accelerated format and designed to enable adult learners to complete the baccalaureate degree in nursing within two years as a part-time student.

All RN to BS courses are offered in 8-week sessions, with the exception of NURS 424 – Health in the Community, which is offered in a full 16-week semester. Multiple entry and exit points along the way enable registered nurses to complete requirements according to professional and personal goals. Some RN to BS courses are offered in a hybrid format, combining online and face-to-face delivery, at various locations throughout Maryland. All RNBS courses are offered online throughout the year, allowing RNs to schedule their academic work in keeping with family and work responsibilities.

The RN to BS option is a concentrated program for the registered nurse, who is highly motivated, self-directed, and able to participate in independent learning activities. The Stevenson University nursing program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and is approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing.

Qualified registered nurses must successfully complete a total of 120 credits, of which 30 credits must be from upper-level courses taken at Stevenson University. RNs may transfer prerequisite non-nursing courses and college core courses, but the RNBS nursing program requirements must be taken at Stevenson University. Students who take community college courses are required to submit official transcripts at the completion of their courses in order to obtain credit for these courses. The RN to BS courses required at Stevenson University total 30 credits. In accordance with the Maryland Articulation Model, Stevenson University will award 30 upper-division nursing credits to the registered nurse with an active, unencumbered Maryland or compact state nursing license upon enrollment in the RN to BS Option.

The RN to BS Option at Stevenson University partners with several community colleges across the state. In order to increase RNs' accessibility to baccalaureate education, curricular articulation agreements are in place with the following colleges:

  • Anne Arundel Community College
  • Carroll Community College
  • Chesapeake College
  • College of Southern Maryland
  • Community College of Baltimore County
  • Harford Community College
  • Howard Community College
  • Montgomery College
  • Prince George's Community College

Articulation agreements allow registered nurses to complete all non-nursing program requirements at the community college. The RN to BS courses will be completed through Stevenson University, at the Owings Mills site, at a hospital partner site, at the community college site, or online.

Prior to enrolling in NURS 424 - Health in the Community, the student will be required to:

  • Submit proof of health insurance coverage.
  • Submit current CPR certification.
  • Substantiate adherence to the Department of Nursing's Health Requirements.

Course Requirements for RN to BS Students

Course Requirements Prior to Acceptance into the RNBS Option at Stevenson

  • English Composition
  • Introduction to Literature

Course Requirements Prior to Taking 300-level RNBS Courses

Registered nurses with an associate's degree or diploma from an accredited nursing program will have completed most of the prerequisite courses as a part of their basic education. The following courses must be successfully completed prior to taking 300-level RNBS courses:

  • Anatomy and Physiology I and II
  • Microbiology
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Communication

Course Requirements Prior to Taking 400-level RNBS Courses

The following courses must be successfully completed before taking 400-level RNBS courses:

  • English writing at the 200-level or above
  • Chemistry
  • Nutrition
  • Statistics
  • Physical education (or life skill or wellness learning)
  • Four humanities courses from three different disciplines: philosophy, history, literature, or religion.
    • An ethics course (listed as philosophy) must be one of the four courses.
  • Fine Arts