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The nursing program at Hood College provides the skills for the increasing complexity of healthcare in the 21st century by offering a foundation of liberal arts courses and supplemental nursing education focusing on leadership, research and evidence-based practice, critical thinking, nursing theory and communications.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Hood College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

The Hood College nursing programs are approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing and the Maryland Higher Education Commission.

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. Learn more about requirements for the major.  

Nursing Department Mission

The Hood College Department of Nursing 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.

Student Outcomes: 

  • Integrate nursing science, humanities, behavioral and physical sciences as a basis for safe nursing practice including clinical reasoning, critical thinking and judgment.  
  • Provide caring and competent nursing care to culturally diverse clients in a changing and complex healthcare environment across the lifespan 
  • Support optimal health outcomes for patients, families, communities and populations through actions that include health promotion, disease prevention, autonomy, and advocacy 
  • Utilize effective communication strategies to collaborate with multidisciplinary teams to provide patient-centered care 
  • Safely utilize information technologies to promote optimal patient care 
  • Apply basic organizational and systems leadership for quality care, ethical practice and patient safety 
  • Cultivate professional development by making a commitment to life-long learning and professional activities 
  • Evaluate the health policy, regulation and payment process for the improvement of health care for all 
  • Integrate research, ethical principles and patient preference into clinical decision making through evaluative nursing practice 

View the nursing handbook here.

The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice

Opportunity for Comment

Hood College Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program is pursuing re-accreditation through the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). An evaluation team will visit the college in early February.

CCNE policy requires that institutions provide an opportunity for the program’s identified communities of interest (e.g. students, alumni, faculty, employers etc.) to provide written input into the deliberations of the evaluation team.

If you wish to provide such input, please note that it must be signed and must reach CCNE prior to January 15, 2018.

All comments must be addressed to:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Attn: Third-Party Comments 655 K St., NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001

All third-party comments submitted to CCNE must be written in English, consistent with CCNE's policy on Conduct of Business in English. Any and all comments submitted to CCNE in a language other than English will not be processed.

Please note that CCNE shares third-party comments with the evaluation team prior to the on-site evaluation, but at no time during the review process are these comments shared with the program, the Accreditation Review Committee, or the Board. During its review of the program, the evaluation team considers third-party comments, if any, that relate to the accreditation standards.