Sandra R. Berman School of Nursing and Health Professions

Department of Nursing

Department Chair: Rebecca A. Diaz, M.S.N., RN


The Stevenson University nursing program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing. The nursing program prepares graduates with the education to creatively meet the challenges and demands of nursing in the twenty-first century. The goal of the program is to educate nurses who, as members of the health care team, address the varied health concerns of individuals, families, groups and communities. Nurses practice in a wide variety of settings—clinics, schools, hospitals, businesses, long-term care facilities, community agencies, and urgent care centers. In addition to the very real satisfaction a person gains from helping others in need, the reasons to consider nursing as a profession include intellectual stimulation, continued educational development, and the opportunity to work closely with other allied health professionals. Registered nurses are concerned with the health of the whole person. They care for the sick and injured as well as help people maintain and improve their health. Hospital nurses are an integral part of the interdisciplinary health care team; they collaborate by means of nursing and medical diagnoses and deliver expert, compassionate, and complex holistic care.

A combination of liberal arts and science courses develops the foundation for studying the discipline of nursing. An important feature of this program is the strong clinical experience. Students in this program receive a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in nursing and are prepared to take the licensure examination for registered nurses (National Council Licensure Examination—NCLEX-RN). The nursing program provides an educational foundation for graduate study in nursing as well as the knowledge and experience necessary for advancement within the nursing profession.

The first two years of the nursing curriculum focus mainly on the Stevenson Educational Experience (S.E.E.) and other requirements that provide the foundation for 3rd and 4th year nursing courses. The nursing program introduces students to the diversity of nursing roles from wellness advocate to bedside caregiver, with the clinical application of these roles in actual health care settings. Courses enable the student to assess clients in a variety of settings and to plan nursing care strategies that meet their needs. Students are given opportunities to provide nursing care to individuals and families from birth to advanced age. The last year of the nursing curriculum is designed to move the focus of nursing from individuals and families to groups within a larger socio-cultural context. Students have the opportunity to practice nursing in complex and diverse settings. As students progress through the program, theory and clinical expectations increase as students move toward their desired goal of becoming competent, knowledgeable and caring practitioners. More detail on clinical requirements is included in the Sandra R. Berman School of Nursing and Health Professions, Nursing Student Guide.

Successful completion of at least three years of college preparatory math and science courses provides the best foundation for students who are entering directly from high school. A SAT evidence-based reading and writing score of 550 or above and a math score of 530 or above and a high school unweighted grade point average of 3.4 and above have been strongly correlated with student success in the Stevenson nursing program.

Admission to the Nursing program is reserved for applicants who have demonstrated the ability to meet the demands of Stevenson University's bachelor's level nursing curriculum. Please see the University web site for current admissions requirements.

Nursing Options through Stevenson University Online (SUO)

Several options for completing additional nursing degrees are available through SUO. The RN to BS option is designed for registered nurses who wish to build upon prior nursing knowledge which will enable them to develop an understanding of new nursing roles for a changing health care environment. Students who are currently working on a RN degree at a community college may enroll in the RN to BS options at Stevenson. A master's degree in nursing is also available with a number of different concentrations designed to allow a student pursuing a master's degree to focus on a particular area of interest. For more information on these undergraduate or graduate programs including course descriptions for RN to BS, RN to MS, and graduate level courses, please see the Stevenson University Online Catalog.

Nursing Resource Center

The Nursing Resource Center provides nursing students with the opportunity to practice newly learned skills and apply nursing knowledge in a simulated hospital environment located on campus. The nursing skills laboratories are each furnished with multiple hospital beds, along with wheelchairs, stretchers, and many other items of up-to-date hospital equipment. Both high- and low-fidelity simulation mannequins provide the opportunity for students to practice skills in a realistic and safe manner. 

Nursing Department Statement of Purpose

The philosophy of the nursing program is articulated as follows:

“The Stevenson University nursing program, as an integral part of its parent institution, is dedicated to the pursuit of higher learning grounded in the arts, sciences, and humanities. The philosophy and curricular focus of the nursing program emphasizes the ethic of caring, critical thinking, and a spirit of inquiry in education, practice, service, and research. The nursing faculty believes nursing is a professional discipline with academic and practice dimensions. The nursing faculty values scholarship and academic integrity and seeks to foster professional involvement and life-long learning in students and graduates. The essence of nursing is grounded in the philosophy of caring. The nursing faculty believes that caring exists in authentic relationships through which all persons are respected and nurtured. Within these co-created relationships, caring opens the possibility of transformation, inviting growth, healing, and wholeness of persons, families, and communities. In the reflective practice of nursing and nursing education, a caring environment affirms diversity in ways of being and ways of knowing.”


The nursing program is dedicated to the pursuit of higher learning grounded in the arts, sciences, and humanities. Program objectives reflect the philosophy and curricular focus, emphasizing the ethic of care, critical thinking, and a spirit of inquiry in education, practice, service and research. Based upon these and other concepts, students are encouraged in the practice of caring through interactions and forming of relationships between their patient/clients, peers and faculty. The program has six overall objectives that are delineated into distinct levels which determine course content and progression to more complex learning within the nursing program. These objectives provide the framework for theory and clinical learning experiences throughout the curriculum.

Upon completion of the Stevenson University baccalaureate nursing program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Integrate the concepts of caring in nursing practice in diverse health care settings across the health-illness continuum.
  2. Engage in holistic reflective nursing practice informed by the arts, sciences, and humanities.
  3. Exhibit competencies in critical thinking, communication, evidence-based decision making, scholarly inquiry and technical skills in the practice of nursing.
  4. Integrate professional competencies in the nursing roles of provider, designer, manager, and coordinator of care and participate as an active member of the profession.
  5. Assume ethical and legal responsibility and accountability in nursing practice, exemplifying the values of altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, and social justice.
  6. Apply leadership concepts, skills, and decision-making in creating caring environments to promote health and healing in individuals, families, communities, and global populations.


Nursing Program Policies for Continuance and Progression in the Major

Students must earn a minimum grade of a “C” in all courses required for the nursing major.

In order to progress to the third-year clinical courses, students must have both a cumulative and science* GPA of 3.0 or higher.

If a student earns a D or F in a science or nursing course, he/she will be notified in writing that he/she is on probation in the nursing major.

If a student earns a second D or F in a science course or a second D or F in a Nursing course, he/she will be dismissed from the nursing major.

Students are allowed up to two repeats of science courses and one repeat of a nursing course for any reason.

Grades are reviewed each semester, and students are notified of their status as appropriate:

Warning: Students in their first three semesters who earn a cumulative and/or science* GPA less than 3.0 will be notified in writing at the end of the semester that they are not currently meeting the criteria for progression into nursing clinical courses. These students will be required to meet with their Success Coach/Academic Advisor to discuss academic planning and strategies to support their success.

Non-Progression: Students in the semester immediately before the clinical nursing courses who earn a cumulative and/or science* GPA less than 3.0 will be notified in writing at the end of the semester that they cannot progress to the clinical nursing courses. These students will be required to meet with their Academic Advisor to discuss academic planning.

Probation: Students who earn a D or F in a science or nursing course will be notified in writing that they are on probation in the nursing major.

Dismissal: Students in one or both of the following categories will be notified in writing that they are dismissed from the nursing major –

  • Students who earn a second D or F in a science course or a second D or F in a nursing course
  • Students who have completed two repeats of science courses and one repeat of a nursing course and have not earned a cumulative and/or science* GPA of 3.0 or higher.


When a student is dismissed from the nursing major at Stevenson University, there is no opportunity to seek readmission into the nursing major.

*Science GPA is calculated based on grades in courses with a BIO or CHEM designation.

Clinical Requirements

Placement into the third- and fourth-year clinical experiences at hospitals and other sites requires the completion and documentation of several medical and placement-specific requirements. Some requirements must be fulfilled prior to the start of the third-year clinical experiences while others must be fulfilled annually prior to the start of classes in the third and fourth years of the nursing program. A summary of these requirements are below. Detailed descriptions of all requirements and the accepted documentation are included in the School of Nursing and Health Professions Student Policy Manual on the SU portal. NOTE: Medical and clinical requirements are subject to change and students should refer to the portal page for the School of Nursing and Health Professions for the most up to date requirements.

One-time Requirements:

  1. Physical Examination (within one year of starting third-year clinical courses)
  2. Required Vaccinations – Tdap, Varicella, Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR), Hepatitis B (HepB)
  3. Fingerprinting (prior to enrollment in NURS 405)

Annual Requirements:

  1. Proof of Health Insurance
  2. CPR Certification – certification must be in the American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers course and must be current for the entire academic year
  3. Tuberculosis Screen Test
  4. Seasonal Influenza (Flu) Vaccine
  5. Background Check and Drug Screen
  6. Dosage Exam – Score of 100% required in fall and spring of each year in clinical courses
  7. Clinical Site-Specific Documentation

It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that all medical and clinical requirements are met as described using the procedures and deadlines published in the School of Nursing and Health Professions Student Policy Manual. Failure to provide acceptable documentation of medical requirements and/or clinical site-specific documentation by the established deadlines may result in a student being ineligible to begin any clinical experience.


The courses listed below are required for completion of the bachelor's degree with a major in nursing for students following the full-time curriculum plan beginning fall, 2018. Students must also complete the requirements for the Stevenson Educational Experience (SEE).

Specific pre- and co-requisites for each course are listed in the course descriptions.

In general, students take lower-level (100- and 200-level) courses in freshman or sophomore years and upper-level (300- and 400-level) courses in junior or senior years. Courses in the nursing program are carefully sequenced to provide students with a growing theory base to promote success in subsequent courses. It is critical that nursing students on this plan consult their academic advisor when planning their course schedule.

Major Requirements:

FYS 100First Year Seminar

1 credit

BIO 112Principles of General Biology

3 credits


BIO 113General Biology I: Cell Biology and Genetics

3 credits

BIO 113LGeneral Biology I Laboratory: Cell Biology and Genetics

1 credit

BIO 203Microbiology

4 credits

BIO 222Human Anatomy

4 credits

BIO 322Human Physiology

4 credits

CHEM 110Foundations of General, Organic and Biochemistry

3 credits

CHEM 110LFoundations of General, Organic and Biochemistry Laboratory

1 credit

MATH 135Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning

3 credits

NURS 110Computer Technology in Nursing

3 credits

NURS 240Nutrition

3 credits

NURS 310Introduction to Clinical Nursing

6 credits

NURS 310SENursing Simulation Experience

0 credits

NURS 311/MLS 311Communication and Cultural Competence in Health Care

3 credits

NURS 317Pathophysiology and Pharmacology I

3 credits

NURS 318Pathophysiology and Pharmacology II

3 credits

NURS 330Health Assessment

3 credits

NURS 337Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing

4 credits

NURS 337SENursing Simulation Experience

0 credits

NURS 338Care of the Childbearing Family

4 credits

NURS 338SENursing Simulation Experience

0 credits

NURS 360Medical/Surgical Nursing I

4 credits

NURS 360SENursing Simulation Experience

0 credits

NURS 405Care of Vulnerable Populations in the Community

4 credits

NURS 405SENursing Simulation Experience

0 credits

NURS 409Care of Children and Families

4 credits

NURS 409SENursing Simulation Experience

0 credits

NURS 435Professionalism in Nursing

2 credits

NURS 437Introduction to Nursing Research

3 credits

NURS 440Leadership Practicum in Contemporary Nursing Practice

4 credits

NURS 460Medical/Surgical Nursing II

4 credits

NURS 460SENursing Simulation Experience

0 credits

NURS 470Medical/Surgical Nursing III

6 credits

NURS 470SENursing Simulation Experience

0 credits

PHIL 215Ethics

3 credits

PSY 101Introduction to Psychology

3 credits

PSY 108Human Growth and Development

3 credits

SOC 101Introduction to Sociology

3 credits


CMH 210Introduction to Community Health

3 credits

Suggested Course Sequence

2020-2021 Nursing SCS

Minor in Nursing

A minor in nursing is not available.

Course Descriptions

See Nursing Course Descriptions

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