The news is full of articles about the shortage of nurses in the US; as a result, interest in becoming a nurse is at an all-time high and the competition to enter nursing programs is intense. Nursing programs look for students who have strong grades in sciences with few, if any, repeated courses and very high scores on the national nursing entrance test, the TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills). By the year 2020, all nurses employed by hospitals in Maryland must have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, the BSN.
There are two ways to enter the field:
1) Earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, the BSN. "Traditional BSN" degrees require completion of science courses like BIOL 150 Principles, BIOL 212 & 213 Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II, BIOL 210 Microbiology, and CHEM 131 Prin. of Chemistry, along with General Education courses to finish 60 credits at MC and then transfer to a four-year school to taking Nursing classes in the junior and senior year.
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The nearest BSN option for many students is the University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Nursing UMB-SON- Shady Grove & Main Campus. See the Prerequisite Course List for MC to UMB-SON here Last update: 6/16/16
While UMB SON does not provide a specific GPA of admitted students, it has been observed that among MC's admitted students, most have a very high Science GPA's. UMB does not follow a "freshman forgiveness policy" - that is, they will calculate GPA's using all grades in all attempts at courses, not just the last grade earned in a repeated class.
|2) A second way to enter Nursing is to complete Montgomery College's Associate of Science (AS) in Nursing to become a Registered Nurse (RN). www.montgomerycollege.edu/nursing Recognizing the need for RN students to earn BSN's quickly, Montgomery College has developed over 8 different direct paths for Nursing A.S. degree graduates to immediately enter into BSN programs, called RN to BSN Programs. Some of these RN to BSN Completion Programs are fully online; several do not require CHEM 131 Principles of Chemistry. See the MC RN to BSN Transfer Agreements List
NEW - NEW - NEW! MC to UMB 3 + 1 Program!
The newest, and shortest path, for MC's AS Nursing graduates to earn a BSN is through a "3+1 Program" with the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB SON), located at Shady Grove. A typical BSN can be completed in 4 years; the "3+1 Program" can be completed in 5 years, depending on incoming English and math placements. Students can compare the requirements of both the Traditional BSN and the "3+1 Program" to keep all options open:
T.E.A.S. STUDY RESOURCES How to Prepare for the Nursing Entrance Test (TEAS)
Advice from former MC Nursing Students:
1) Take BIOL 150 Principles of Biology seriously from Day One. This course is very theoretical and requires staying on top of studying. From the first week, park yourself in the Science Learning Center - do your homework there where you can get immediate help.
2) Start preparing early for the TEAS Test - don't wait until you finish Anatomy II. Montgomery College weighs your TEAS scores very heavily in the decision to admit you. After August 2016, the TEAS test is changing - if you purchase a study guide, be sure it is from ATI and it is Version Six, not V or Version 5 and work on the sections that don't require later science classes, like Reading Comprehension and Math skills. Too many students rush to study it at the end of their courses and it's hard to get it all done in just a month or two.
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Last Update: 6/16/16