Major in Nursing: Basic Students

Towson University requires a minimum of 120 units for graduation. However, established departmental requirements must also be completed for graduation with a Nursing major. This may necessitate in completion of more than 120 units for most students enrolled in the department. 

Students must complete all prerequisite courses prior to beginning the major. Proper course ­planning and good advising are key to timely admission to the major and completion of the program in four years. The departmental brochure and department website contain a recommended course plan for students for the entire four-year degree. Pre-nursing majors may request a nursing adviser to help them plan their academic program prior to admission to the major. Students can contact the department for specific information and to be assigned to an adviser. Once the student is admitted to the Nursing major, the nursing courses must be completed in a sequential pattern, because each course is a foundation for the subsequent course. Part-time study options are available.

Pre-nursing students demonstrating competencies covered in MATH 115 (as determined by the Department of Mathematics) may enroll in an alternative offering of one of the following: MATH 119 or MATH 273, in order to meet the mathematics requirement. Placement in the particular course is determined by the ­Department of Mathematics.

In addition to the math requirement above, students must successfully complete a basic statistics course prior to enrolling in NURS 435 in the junior year, second semester. Students are strongly encouraged to complete this requirement before entering the nursing major.

Because requirements may be revised from time to time, it is the student’s responsibility to make certain that he or she is working with the most current materials. Contact the department for assistance with program planning.

Requirements for the Major

In addition to the Core Curriculum requirements, Nursing majors must complete the following prerequisites prior to beginning major course work. Several of these courses can also meet Core Curriculum requirements.

BIOL 191
191L
INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONS [LECTURE]
and INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONS [LAB]
4
BIOL 221
221L
HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I [LECTURE]
and HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I [LAB]
4
BIOL 222
222L
HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II [LECTURE]
and HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II [LAB]
4
BIOL 215ESSENTIALS OF MICROBIOLOGY4
or BIOL 315 MEDICAL MICROBIOLOGY
CHEM 121
121L
ALLIED HEALTH CHEMISTRY I LECTURE
and ALLIED HEALTH CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY
4
ENGL 102WRITING FOR A LIBERAL EDUCATION3
HLTH 331NUTRITION FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS3
MATH 115COLLEGE ALGEBRA3
PSYC 101INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY3
PSYC 203HUMAN DEVELOPMENT3
SOCI 101INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY3
Total Units38

Required Course Sequence for the Nursing Major

Junior Year First Term
NURS 332PROFESSIONAL NURSING I: INTRODUCTION TO NURSING3
NURS 340PATHOPHARMACOLOGY5
NURS 347HEALTH ASSESSMENT ACROSS THE LIFE SPAN3
NURS 356NURS & HEALTHCARE I: FOUNDATIONS [LEC]3
NURS 356CNURSING AND HEALTHCARE I: FOUNDATIONS CLINICAL2
Junior Year Second Term
NURS 333PROFESSIONAL NURSING III: ISSUES3
NURS 358NURSING AND HEALTHCARE III: MENTAL HEALTH [LEC]3
NURS 358CNURSING AND HEALTHCARE III: MENTAL HEALTH CLINICAL2
NURS 360NURSING AND HEALTHCARE II: ADULT HEALTH & ILLNESS [LEC]3
NURS 360CNURSING AND HEALTHCARE II: ADULT HEALTH & ILLNESS CLINICAL2
NURS 416CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN HEALTH CARE 13
Senior Year First Term
NURS 435PROFESSIONAL III: RESEARCH IN NURSING 23
NURS 472NURSING AND HEALTHCARE V: FAMILY HEALTH [LEC]3
NURS 472CNURSING AND HEALTHCARE V: FAMILY HEALTH CLINICAL2
NURS 474NURSING AND HEALTHCARE VI: CHILD HEALTH [LEC]3
NURS 474CNURSING AND HEALTHCARE VI: CHILD HEALTH CLINICAL2
NURS 480NURSING & HEALTHCARE VII: ADULT HEALTH AND COMPLEX ILLNESS3
Senior Year Second Term
NURS 460NURSING & HEALTHCARE IV: OLDER ADULTS2
NURS 476NURSING AND HEALTHCARE VII: COMMUNITY HEALTH [LEC]3
NURS 476CNURSING AND HEALTHCARE VII: COMMUNITY HEALTH CLINICAL2
NURS 484NURSING LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT3
NURS 485CLINICAL PRACTICUM3
Total Units61

Suggested Four-Year Plan

Based on course availability and student needs and preferences, the selected sequences may vary from those presented below. Students should consult with their adviser to make the most appropriate course selection.

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
BIOL 191 or CHEM 121 (Core 7)3CHEM 121 or BIOL 191 (Core 8)3
BIOL 191L or CHEM 121L1CHEM 121L or BIOL 191L1
MATH 115 (Core 3)3SOCI 101 or PSYC 1013
Core 1 (or Core 2)3Core 2 (or Core 1)3
PSYC 101 or SOCI 101 (Core 6)3Core3
Core 3Core3
 16 16
Sophomore
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
BIOL 221
221L
4BIOL 2154
HLTH 3313BIOL 222
222L
4
PSYC 2033MATH 231 or 2373-4
Core3Core3
Core 3 
 16 14-15
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
NURS 3323NURS 333 (Core 9)3
NURS 3405NURS 358
358C
5
NURS 3473NURS 360
360C
5
NURS 356
356C
5NURS 416 (Core 13)3
 16 16
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
NURS 4353NURS 4602
NURS 472
472C
5NURS 476
476C
5
NURS 474
474C
5NURS 4843
NURS 4803NURS 4853
 16 13
Total Units 123-124
  1. Demonstrate knowledge, skills and attitude necessary to provide and manage effective patient-centered nursing care of the individual, community or population as a member of the inter-professional team.
  2. Participate in quality improvement and patient safety initiatives in a variety of health-care settings.
  3. Use and manage information and clinical technology to deliver effective and efficient patient-centered care.