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Health Sciences – Nursing

You’ve always been a helper, are never one to overlook someone in need, and want to pursue a career in health. Sound about right? Nursing may just be the perfect job for you.

Degree Types
Complementary Programs
Distinctive Requirements
Professional Development

If you have plans to pursue a career in nursing, McDaniel’s specialization in Nursing within the Health Sciences degree will prepare you for the role of your dreams. Comprised of a comprehensive set of courses with accompanying lab or experiential components, the Nursing specialization will give you the solid foundation you need in the field of health. Dedicated McDaniel faculty members provide comprehensive support in courses and practicums, so you can graduate with all you need to know for a career in nursing.

Guidance for Graduate School

McDaniel students have gone on to graduate and professional programs in allied health fields. Allied health advising can begin as early as the first semester on campus or whenever a student first decides to pursue a health-related career. Advisors work individually with students to build their McDaniel Plan.

Graph showing the estimated increase in registered nurse jobs between 2017 and 2025.

Distinctive Courses

KIN 2001 - Medical Terminology

This course examines medical vocabulary including root words, prefixes and suffixes used in various health professions. Students review the nervous, skeletal, cardiovascular, muscle and other major systems of the human body, and discuss terms related to physiology, anatomy and pathological conditions. Students will develop a working knowledge of medical terms and abbreviations.

BIO 2203 - Genetics

A study of the concepts of classical and contemporary genetics. The action of genetic mechanisms at various levels of biological organization (molecular, cellular, organismal, and population) and in a variety of cells and organisms is included.

BIO 2212 - Microbiology

A study of structure, metabolism, growth, and reproduction of microorganisms with emphasis on bacteria. Course includes laboratory.

PSY 2209 - Developmental Psychology

The study of developmental changes from the prenatal period through adolescence, with particular emphasis on how physical, cognitive, and social-emotional development interact in forming the whole person. Special attention will be given to theoretical perspectives, the contexts within which development operates (home/school), and the application of research to current topics.

Program Requirements

The McDaniel Commitment in Action

The McDaniel Commitment—a series of opportunities guaranteed to all students—provides enhanced mentoring and coaching, and ensures every undergraduate student completes at least two meaningful experiential learning opportunities.

2020 summer research students and professor Dana Ferraris on Eaton Hall steps

Student-Faculty Research McDaniel students join in worldwide research efforts to discover drugs to treat COVID-19

In the face of the deadly global coronavirus pandemic, pharmaceutical data vaults have been unlocked and shared – an unprecedented move in research that McDaniel Chemistry professor Dana Ferraris seized to give his students the opportunity this summer to discover drugs to fight COVID-19.