Sep 27, 2023  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing, RN to Bachelor of Science Degree, B.S.

The School of Nursing faculty recognizes the need and desirability for registered nurses to attain baccalaureate and master’s degrees within Maine. The nursing faculty has designed two options for RNs - the first leading to a Bachelor of Science degree (B.S.) and the second (described in USM’s Graduate Catalog) leading to a Master of Science degree (M.S.).

Program Requirements

RNs returning to school face many challenges; every effort is made to remain attentive and flexible in adjusting the plan of study and accommodating individual needs. Advice regarding prerequisites, course planning, and course sequencing for RNs may be obtained by contacting the School of Nursing.

All RNs must fulfill the University’s 30 credit residency requirement (6 credits earned at another UMS campus may be applied toward residency).

The School of Nursing recognizes a maximum of 30 nursing credits (RN credit options) transferred from an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) program as basic nursing credits required in the baccalaureate program. Nursing credits earned in the ADN program beyond the basic 30 credits may be used as undergraduate elective credit. RNs graduating from a diploma program will be awarded the basic nursing credits (30 credits) upon successful completion of NUR 308 - Concepts of Professional Nursing Practice . Additional information may be obtained through the Office for Prior Learning Assessment.

Unless approved by the School of Nursing through the prior approval process, students must take all required CON and NUR courses at USM.

Recommended Course Sequence

The following courses must be completed successfully, or may be available for credit by examination, prior to entry into upper-division nursing courses:

  • College Writing
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Multicultural Human Development
  • Ethical Inquiry, Social Responsibility, and Citizenship course
  • Introduction to Statistics (prior to NUR 321 - Health-Related Research )
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II**
  • Microbiology for Health Sciences (note that BIO 281  at USM has a prerequisite of CHY 107 - Chemistry for Health Sciences )
  • Pathophysiology

**Anatomy and Physiology requirements are waived with the successful completion (minimum grade of C) of Pathophysiology.

University requirements in the general education (Core) curriculum must meet the progression standards of that curriculum.

Matriculation in the USM School of Nursing is required prior to enrollment in upper-level nursing courses. The courses that RN students may take prior to matriculation are NUR 356 - Concepts in Community Health  and NUR 321 - Health-Related Research . NUR 308 - Concepts of Professional Nursing Practice , NUR 309 - Health Assessment for RNs , and NUR 310 - Health Assessment Lab for RNs  may be taken prior to matriculation provided the student has passed the NCLEX-RN. Clinical courses may not be taken unless RN credit options have been completed and posted.

Upper-division nursing courses, in required sequence for RNs, include:

Group B

USM Core Requirements

The USM Core Curriculum is a coherent, integrative, and rigorous liberal education that enables our graduates to be world-minded, intentional, life-long learners and captures your general education degree requirements. 

Please Note: Core requirements may be part of your major and/or minor, and Core may have been fulfilled with transfer credit. Please consult your MaineStreet Degree Progress Report (DPR) and review your degree progress with your Advisor.  For additional information, access the USM Core webpage.