Nursing Program Description

The Stevenson University nursing program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing. The nursing program prepares graduates with the education to creatively meet the challenges and demands of nursing in the twenty-first century. The goal of the program is to educate nurses who, as members of the health care team, address the varied health concerns of individuals, families, groups and communities. Nurses practice in a wide variety of settings—clinics, schools, hospitals, businesses, long-term care facilities, community agencies, and urgent care centers. In addition to the very real satisfaction a person gains from helping others in need, the reasons to consider nursing as a profession include intellectual stimulation, continued educational development, and the opportunity to work closely with other allied health professionals. Registered nurses are concerned with the health of the whole person. They care for the sick and injured as well as help people maintain and improve their health. Hospital nurses are an integral part of the interdisciplinary health care team; they collaborate by means of nursing and medical diagnoses and deliver expert, compassionate, and complex holistic care.

A combination of liberal arts and science courses develops the foundation for studying the discipline of nursing. An important feature of this program is the strong clinical experience. Students in this program receive a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in nursing and are prepared to take the licensure examination for registered nurses (National Council Licensure Examination—NCLEX-RN). The nursing program provides an educational foundation for graduate study in nursing as well as the knowledge and experience necessary for advancement within the nursing profession.

The first two years of the nursing curriculum focus mainly on the Stevenson Educational Experience (S.E.E.) and other requirements that provide the foundation for 3rd and 4th year nursing courses. The nursing program introduces students to the diversity of nursing roles from wellness advocate to bedside caregiver, with the clinical application of these roles in actual health care settings. Courses enable the student to assess clients in a variety of settings and to plan nursing care strategies that meet their needs. Students are given opportunities to provide nursing care to individuals and families from birth to old age. The last year of the nursing curriculum is designed to move the focus of nursing from individuals and families to groups within a larger socio-cultural context. Students have the opportunity to practice nursing in complex and diverse settings. As students progress through the program, theory and clinical expectations increase as students move toward their desired goal of becoming competent, knowledgeable and caring practitioners. More detail on clinical requirements is included in the School of the Sciences Nursing Student Guide.

Successful completion of at least three years of college preparatory math and science courses provides the best foundation for students who are entering directly from high school. A verbal SAT score of 520 or above, a math SAT score of 500 or above, and a high school unweighted grade point average of 3.4 and above have been strongly correlated with student success in the Stevenson nursing program.

Admission to the Nursing program is reserved for applicants who have demonstrated the ability to meet the demands of Stevenson University's bachelor's level nursing curriculum. Please see the University web site for current admissions requirements.