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Nursing

Hood College offers two paths to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, the BSN completion program for registered nurses and a four-year pre-licensure program.

The programs provide the skills for the increasing complexity of health care in the 21st century by offering a foundation of liberal arts courses and supplemental nursing education focusing on leadership, research and evidenced-based practice, critical thinking, nursing theory and communications.

Both programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing and the Maryland Higher Education Commission.

The BSN Completion Program

The bachelor of science in nursing completionprogramis designed for registered nurses who have earned either an associate degree in nursing from a community college or a diploma from a hospital-based program. The part-time program is designed to accommodate working professionals. Learn more about requirements for the major.

The Four-Year BSN Program

The four-year bachelor of science in nursingprogramprovides a high quality educational experience that increases the professional aptitude of the students, broadens their choices for career advancement and improves the quality of nursing both locally and regionally. Students are required to earn a minimum of 124 credits at the 100 level or above, complete all necessary core curriculum and nursing requirements. Learn more about requirements for the major.  

Nursing Department Mission

The Hood College Nursing Department strives to prepare nursing students for reflective, culturally competent nursing practice through the systematic study of the liberal arts and the science of nursing. By promoting the exploration of innovative practices, the incorporation of technology and research, and the pursuit of knowledge, we inspire our nursing students to advocate for the improved health of the individuals and families that make up the diverse global community.

Objectives:

  • Promote the integration of nursing science, humanities, and behavioral and physical sciences as a basis for nursing practice including clinical reasoning, critical thinking and judgment
  • Prepare professional nurses that utilize the nursing process to provide safe, competent nursing care to culturally diverse clients across the lifespan
  • Enhance leadership skills for professional nurses through
    • Participation as a collaborative member of the health care team and coordinator of care
    • Evaluation of information technologies and communication strategies to engage partnerships among clients, colleagues, and the health care team
  • Cultivation of professional development by promoting student engagement in:
    • Social, political and professional activities
    • Life-long learning for informed nursing practice
    • An ethical value system for reflective nursing practice
    • Fostering the use of knowledge and research to improved health outcomes using clinical decision-making, evidenced-based practice, and evaluative nursing practice

Student Outcomes:

  • Integrate nursing science, humanities, and behavioral and physical sciences as a basis for nursing practice including clinical reasoning, critical thinking and judgment
  • Utilize the nursing process to provide safe, competent nursing care to culturally diverse clients across the lifespan
  • Advance concepts of health promotion and disease prevention through the provision of health care and education
  • Utilize leadership skills
  • Participate as a collaborative member of the health care team and coordinator of care
  • Implement information technologies and communication strategies to promote collaboration among clients, colleagues, and the health care team.
  • Cultivate professional development by engaging in:
    • Social, political and professional activities
    • Life-long learning for informed nursing practice
    • An ethical value system for reflective nursing practice
  • Use of knowledge and research to improve health