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Nursing - Bachelor of Science (B.S.N.)

Choosing to pursue a nursing degree signifies a significant commitment to compassion and the drive to positively impact the lives of others. Nurses play a crucial role in providing essential care and support to patients, serving as advocates for their well-being. Earning a nursing degree opens doors to a wide range of career opportunities, from clinical practice to leadership roles in healthcare settings.

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Why McDaniel for Nursing?

McDaniel College's Nursing Bachelor of Science (B.S.N.) program is designed to prepare future nurses with the essential skills and knowledge they will need to excel in the field of nursing. With our new state of the art facilities and partnerships with Carroll Health and Lifebridge Health, nursing students partake in a comprehensive set of courses with accompanying lab and experiential components, designed to take you from theory to practice and licensure. Dedicated faculty provide the support and mentorship you need for academic and professional growth as you pursue your fulfilling career in healthcare.

Nursing Program Admissions

McDaniel College offers several pathways for admission to the Nursing program. Admission consideration for nursing is a multi-step process. In all cases, applicants will first be reviewed for admission to McDaniel College. Only those who are admitted to McDaniel will be considered for the nursing program. The strongest applicants will be invited to a mandatory interview as part of the nursing admissions process. Following the interview, candidates will be notified if they have been admitted to the nursing program.
Direct Entry:
McDaniel College is pleased to admit a small number of students directly into the pre-health nursing track as incoming first-year students. This guarantees a spot in the Nursing cohort assuming all prerequisite requirements are met.
Gated Entry:
Some students may not be sure of their interest in pursuing Nursing until they are already enrolled at McDaniel, or they may not be admitted to the direct-entry program. These students will have an opportunity to apply to the Nursing program at the end of their third semester.
Transfer Entry:
Students from other colleges or universities are eligible to apply to transfer to our B.S.N. program.

Career Pathways for Nursing Majors

A Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) offers many exciting career pathways for graduates such as:

  • Staff nurse positions in hospitals, clinics, or community health centers
  • Specialized roles in areas such as pediatrics, oncology, or critical care
  • Advanced practice roles including nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists, or nurse midwives
  • Leadership and administrative positions overseeing healthcare teams and shaping organizational policies
  • Opportunities in research contributing to nursing science advancement
  • Teaching and academia roles educating future healthcare professionals

Projected job growth for Nurse Practitioners (NPs).


Projected job growth for Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives, and Nurse Practitioners (CRNAs).

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New Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) receives Maryland Board of Nursing approval

McDaniel's new Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) has received approval by the Maryland Board of Nursing. Additionally, the Kahlert Foundation has donated $150,000 to support development of the BSN program, which officially launches at McDaniel in fall 2024.

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McDaniel College names inaugural Nursing program director

Heather A. Gable has been named the inaugural program director for McDaniel's new Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Gable brings 25 years of nursing experience in acute and long-term care, including as a licensed nursing home administrator, and comes to McDaniel after serving as dean at Centra College.

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Green Terror Outcomes Meet an Alum "McDaniel set a great foundation for me for nursing school and my nursing career."

Registered nurse Taylor Bauman McWilliams ’19 fell in love with nursing during a McDaniel January Term internship at University of Maryland Medical Center’s R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center. Professors like Susan Parrish and Steven McCole helped guide her path to discovering her career in the medical field.

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.