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Nursing - Transfer Advising by Major

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 several entry points into the nursing profession:

1.  Complete an Associates’ Degree in Nursing at Montgomery College. MC’s Nursing Program website:

2.  Complete a Bachelor’s degree at a four-year school.

a.  Earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, the BSN.  "Traditional BSN" degrees require completion of science courses like BIOL150 Principles, BIOL212 & BIOL213 Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II, BIOL210 Microbiology, and CHEM131 Prin. of Chemistry, along with General Education courses to finish 60 credits at MC, then transfer to a four-year school to taking Nursing classes in the junior and senior year.

b.  UMB-School of Nursing:  The nearest BSN option for many students is the University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Nursing UMB-SON - Universities at Shady Grove & Main Campus. 

MC to UMB-School of Nursing Prerequisite Course List, Last update: 5/3/18  

c.  View a list of Colleges Offering Nursing Majors in a 50-Mile Driving Radius of Rockville MD PDF Version

The Nursing profession strongly recommends academic profession from an Associate’s Degree in Nursing to a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Nursing.  Recognizing the need for RN students to earn BSN's quickly, Montgomery College has partnered with and developed multiple options for student academic progression. 

1)  MC to UMB-SON 3+1 Program: This path is a Dual Enrollment Program, allowing 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.

2)  RN to BSN: Montgomery College has developed over 8 different direct paths for Nursing A.S. degree graduates to immediately enter 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

T.E.A.S. STUDY RESOURCES  How to Prepare for the Nursing Entrance Test (TEAS)  

Advice from former MC Nursing Students:

1)  Take BIOL150 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.

What if You Find Science Courses to be Overly Challenging?  See this page for other Health-Related Majors.

Nursing Career Information Sites:

Nursing Careers

Guide to Nursing Education in Maryland

Maryland Board of Nursing - licensing requirements, programs in Maryland.

Last Update: 5/3/18

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