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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? The Health Sciences - Nursing track may just be the perfect career path for you. 

Degree Types
Major , Specialization
Complementary Programs
Distinctive Requirements
Professional Development

Why McDaniel for Nursing?

If you have plans to pursue a career in nursing, McDaniel’s Health Sciences - Nursing program 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.

The Health Sciences - Nursing program provides a Bachelor of Arts degree. For those interested in earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, learn more about McDaniel's new BSN program at the link below.

Career Pathways for Nursing Majors

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.

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Annual median wage for a registered nurse in Baltimore


Job growth for registered nurses from 2022-23 (higher than national average)

Distinctive Courses in Nursing

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.

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.

BIO 1120 - Human Anatomy

A study of the anatomical structure of the human body. The basic concepts of anatomy—gross, microscopic, developmental, and clinical—will be studied by organ systems. Form-function relationships will be emphasized. This functional anatomy approach will explain how the shape and composition of the anatomical structures allow them to perform their functions.

PHI 1105 - Contemporary Issues In Ethics

An introduction to the major ethical theories including Aristotle’s Theory of Happiness, Kant’s concept of duty, Act and Rule Utilitarianism, Pragmatism, Ethical Egoism, and their contemporary versions; and to the major issues of our day such as abortion, euthanasia, the rights of animals, racism and sexism, professional conduct, capital punishment, war and peace, civil disobedience, law versus conscience, and environment and biological topics.

Special Opportunities

Students in Kinesiology lab.

Pre-Professional Allied Health Advising

Dedicated allied health advisors among our faculty are prepared to offer guidance for any pre-professional goals for Health Sciences majors.

Anatomy class in Gill Center.

Gill Center Labs

Gill Center, the hub of Kinesiology on campus, features multiple lab spaces for students to get practical research experiences on campus: Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab, Human Performance Lab, and the Neuromuscular Lab.  

student Elva Joya in front of hospital in Spain

Study Health Abroad

Discover your career abroad through unique learning opportunities. For instance, take Biomedical Sciences and Psychology major Elva Joya, who shadowed surgeons during a fellowship in Spain. Read about Elva's experience.

Or, consider Rowail Khan’s pre-med internship in Santiago, Chile, which fit into her January Term perfectly and introduced her to science abroad. Read about Rowail's experience.

Health Sciences - Nursing Specialization 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.

Ace Your Major

Health Sciences majors have access to resources like McDaniel's on-campus STEM Center, where peer learning assistants and just-in-time workshops provide support based on your courses and individual needs.

Learn about the STEM Center.