Nursing students

Department of Nursing

Become a force for good at our top-ranked nursing program.
Part of the School of Behavioral and Health Sciences, our program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. You’ll learn alongside registered nurses in our state-of-the-art simulation lab and complete your clinical fieldwork in real-world settings.

Award-Winning Program
The nursing BSN at Hood College is ranked #9 in Maryland and #12 in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area on Nursing Schools Almanac’s Top U.S. Nursing Schools 2022.

Nursing Scholarship
Take advantage of the RN Scholarship Program. Our partners at Frederick Health offer up to $22,000 in financial aid for nursing students who agree to work at Frederick Health for a pre-determined period after graduation.

Clinical Partnerships
Gain hands-on experience at local hospitals and health centers, including Brook Lane Health Services, Children’s National Hospital, Frederick Health Hospital, National Institutes of Health and more.

Occupational Outlook
Nurses are in high demand due to a nationwide shortage of healthcare workers. Registered nurses are employed in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, private practices, nursing homes and schools. The median annual wage for nurses is $77,600, higher than the national average.

The BSN Pre-Licensure Program
The four-year bachelor of science in nursing pre-licensure program provides 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.  


Our Mission
The Hood College Department of Nursing strives to prepare nursing students for reflective, culturally humble 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 and clinical judgement, we inspire nursing students to advocate for the improved health of the individuals, families and communities.

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The Hood College nursing program is approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing and the Maryland Higher Education Commission. The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Hood College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

How to Apply
The nursing program at Hood College is competitive, and the application process is completed in two steps; students will be accepted to the College before they are evaluated for admission to the nursing program.

    The Nursing Club is a college-recognized organization of Hood College nursing students that seeks to improve the health of our college community as well as that of the Frederick area.

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    Million Hearts® aims to prevent at least one million heart attacks and strokes by 2022.  Since 2012, the national Million Hearts® initiative has coordinated cardiovascular disease prevention activities across public and private sectors to improve health across communities. Million Hearts® measures include the “ABCS”: Aspirin therapy, Blood pressure control, Cholesterol management and Smoking cessation. The work of Million Hearts® 2022 is to improve the ABCS to decrease the risk for cardiovascular disease.  Hood College is focused on the measure of blood pressure control.

    Hood College is a participating organization in the National Interprofessional Education and Practice Consortium to Advance Million Hearts®, contributing to The Ohio State University’s (OSU) goal of providing 100,000 biometric screenings across the U.S. by 2022.  Hood Million Hearts® recruits nursing students who are trained as Million Hearts® Fellows and provide biometric screening and coaching to Hood Million Hearts® participants on our campus and in the greater community. 

    To register for Hood Million Hearts:

    For more information on Hood Million Hearts®:

    Contact Dr. Jennifer Cooper, Assistant Professor of Nursing

    Follow Hood Nursing on Twitter: @NursingatHood

    Hood Million Hearts® Video:

    Million Hearts Collaboration Partner Spotlight (highlighting OSU & Hood partnership)

    Hood Million Hearts® featured in The Maryland NurseNov 2019 & Feb 2019


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