Major in Nursing: Basic Students

Towson University requires a minimum of 120 units for graduation. The requirements for the Nursing major include 58 units of NURS courses, 41 units of prerequisite courses and 21 units of core curriculum and/or elective courses. It is critical for transfer students to review their University transfer credit evaluation to ensure 120 units are included in their plan of study to meet graduation requirements.  

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. 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 senior year, first 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.

This is a screened program. Please see the admission requirements for additional information.

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
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 356ADULT HEALTH NURSING I: FOUNDATIONS [LEC]3
NURS 356CADULT HEALTH NURSING I: FOUNDATIONS CLINICAL2
Junior Year Second Term
NURS 333WRITING FOR EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE: ISSUES IN PROFESSIONAL NURSING3
NURS 358PSYCHIATRIC AND MENTAL HEALTH NURSING [LEC]3
NURS 358CPSYCHIATRIC AND MENTAL HEALTH NURSING [CLINICAL]2
NURS 360ADULT HEALTH NURSING II [LEC]3
NURS 360CADULT HEALTH NURSING II [CLINICAL]2
NURS 416DIVERSITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE IN HEALTHCARE 13
Senior Year First Term
NURS 435NURSING RESEARCH FOR EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE 23
NURS 472NURSING AND HEALTHCARE V: FAMILY HEALTH [LEC]3
NURS 472C2
NURS 474NURSING AND HEALTHCARE VI: CHILD HEALTH [LEC]3
NURS 474C2
NURS 480ADULT HEALTH NURSING III3
Senior Year Second Term
NURS 460NURSING & HEALTHCARE IV: OLDER ADULTS2
NURS 476PUBLIC HEALTH NURSING3
NURS 476CPUBLIC HEALTH NURSING [CLINICAL]2
NURS 484NURSING LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT3
NURS 485CLINICAL PRACTICUM3
Total Units61
1

Course may be taken in other terms.

2

Statistics must be completed prior to taking NURS 435. Currently, MATH 231 or MATH 237 will meet the requirement,

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
PSYC 101 or SOCI 101 (Core 6)3Core 2 (or Core 1)3
Core 1 (or Core 2)3Core 53
Core 43Core 103
 16 16
Sophomore
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
BIOL 221
221L
4BIOL 2154
HLTH 3313BIOL 222
222L
4
PSYC 2033MATH 231 or 2373-4
Core 113Core 143
Core 123 
 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
& NURS 472C
3NURS 476
476C
5
NURS 474
& NURS 474C
3NURS 4843
NURS 4803NURS 4853
 12 13
Total Units 119-120
  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.