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UMSON Dual Admissions Program

Fall 2016 Announcement

It’s not too late to sign up to take one or both of the UMSON nursing courses offered this fall at CSM utilizing the web-hybrid format.  The two courses are:

  • NURS 450, RN to BSN Transition: Implications for Practice, Policy & Profession (3). Course prerequisites:  English I, NUR 1115.
  • NURS 454, Pathophysiologic Implications of Patient Assessment (5).  Course prerequisites:  English I, General Chemistry, Microbiology, A&P I and II, NUR 1115 and NUR 1215.

The face-to-face sessions will be taught as follows:

  • NURS 450, Wednesdays from 0900-1200 in CE 217
  • NURS 454, Fridays from 0900-1400 in HT 713

If you have not yet completed the application for admission to UMSON, you must do so immediately.  Program requirements are:  (1) currently enrolled in the CSM nursing program OR being a licensed Registered Nurse in southern Maryland; (2) overall GPA of 3.0 and a science GPA of 2.75; application fee; transcripts to UMSON.  If you are interested, you MUST contact Marisa DeCarlo, Dual Admission Counselor, UMSON, 410-706 6831 mdicarlo@son.umaryland.edu as soon as possible to arrange for a meeting. 

Interested? Join an Online Chat Session

The UMSON Informational Chat sessions listed below, provides interested CSM Nursing Students and
Registered Nurses the opportunity to call in via telephone or go online to ask questions and learn more
about the Dual Admissions Program. You can call in or log in and stay as long as you like.

Upcoming Dates

  • Monday, April 1, 3 p.m.
  • Monday, May 1, 3 p.m.

How to Connect to the Chat

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Then dial in using the information below:

  • Toll Free Number: 1-844-279-4239
  • Participant PIN: 252 516 959 205

University of Maryland School of Nursing logoThis unique agreement between CSM and the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) provides a seamless transition from the Associate Degree in Nursing to the Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing (BSN) by offering UMSON nursing courses at the La Plata Campus as well as providing Registered Nurses the opportunity to complete any necessary prerequisites at CSM to satisfy BSN program requirements.

Interested RNs should contact Marisa DeCarlo, Dual Admission Counselor, UMSON, 410-706 6831 mdicarlo@son.umaryland.edu, in order to obtain information about this dual admission agreement and to begin the process. Most Associate Degree RN’s will need to complete some prerequisites in order to satisfy BSN requirements and for that reason, they will need to apply to CSM and register to take those courses.

Prerequisites: include general chemistry, statistics, college math/algebra, anatomy & physiology I & II, microbiology, human growth & development, nutrition, English I & II, intro to psych and intro to sociology, social sciences and humanities.

Total credits needed for the BSN are derived from the following breakdown:

Prerequisites completed with the associates degree34
Outstanding prerequisites (needed to take)25
Credits for RN licensure30
UMSON nursing courses31
TOTAL120

How to Get Started

  1. Go online to University of Maryland, School of Nursing website and complete the application for RN to BSN. Submit transcripts, residency classification verification, application fee, and prerequisite course list.
  2. Contact Marisa DeCarlo, Dual Admission Counselor, UMSON, 410-706 6831 mdicarlo@son.umaryland.edu with any questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do I get started?   Contact Marisa DeCarlo, Dual Admission Counselor, UMSON, 410-706 6831 mdicarlo@son.umaryland.edu to discuss the program plan. Current Registered nurses apply to the College of Southern Maryland at www.csmd.edu/apply-register/ and at the same time apply to the University of Maryland School of Nursing at www.nursing.umaryland.edu.
  2. What are the deadlines?   Applicants must submit all required materials by December 1st for enrollment in the following fall semester and no later than May 1st for the following spring semester.
  3. What are the prerequisites for admission? An overall GPA of 3.0 and a science GPA of 2.75.
  4. What courses are considered to determine science GPA? Microbiology, chemistry and Anatomy & Physiology I and II.
  5. I took courses years ago at a different college. Do any of these courses expire for this Dual Admission program? No. For applicants of the RN to BSN program, prior coursework does not expire.
  6. How many nursing courses are in the RN to BSN program at UMSON? There are eight nursing courses with one course having a clinical component.
  7. What are some of the prerequisite courses? General chemistry w/ lab (4); A&P I and II w/ lab (4 each); Microbiology w/ lab (4); Human Growth & Development(3); Statistics(3); Nutrition(3); English I and II (3 each); Intro to Psychology(3); Intro to Sociology(3); either College Algebra or Calculus and Pre-calculus (3); Social Science elective (3); three Humanities electives(3 credits each); two General electives(3 credits each).
  8. In which semester of my CSM nursing program am I eligible to begin the application process with UMSON? As soon as you have been admitted to the CSM nursing program. You have to have completed the first semester (NUR 1115/L) before being eligible to take the first UMSON nursing course.
  9. I am a CSM student, but not in the nursing program yet. Can I apply to the Dual Admission program? No. You must be admitted to the nursing program at CSM. However, you can still meet with Marisa DeCarlo, Dual Admission Counselor, UMSON, 410-706 6831 mdicarlo@son.umaryland.edu to discuss a program plan and complete pre-requisite courses.
  10. How are the UMSON nursing courses taught? All of the UMSON nursing courses that are taught at CSM are hybrid courses (combination of online and face-to-face) class sessions. In addition students can complete other course requirements either face to face or completely online.
  11. Are all 8 UMSON nursing courses being taught here at CSM? At the present time, only the first three nursing courses (NURS 450, NURS 452 & NURS 454) will be taught on the CSM campus by eligible CSM faculty.
  12. How and when will I know if my UMSON application has been accepted and approved? Once you have completed the online application, the pre-requisite course list, the application fee and all transcripts and you meet the required GPAs, the applicant should be notified of admission within 2-3 weeks. Application status can be checked by the student on the UMSON website. Letters of admission are mailed via USPS as well as email.
  13. If I have questions about the Dual Admission program, who do I contact? Contact Marisa DeCarlo, Dual Admission Counselor, UMSON, 410-706 6831 mdicarlo@son.umaryland.edu with any questions.
  14. If I have questions about my UMSON application, who do I contact? Your point of contact at UMSON is Juana Rodriguez (410-706-5444).
  15. Are the nursing programs at CSM and UMSON accredited? YES. Both nursing programs are fully accredited.
  16. Why are hospitals encouraging nursing staff to obtain their BSN?  The Institute of Medicine’s report on the future of nursing states that nurses should achieve a higher level of education and training through an improved education system that promotes a seamless academic progression. The IOMs recommendation is to increase the proportion of Registered Nurses with a BSN from 50% to 80% by the year 2020.
  17. What exactly are the two Dual Admission agreements between CSM and UMSON? The first agreement, signed in April 2015, allows current CSM nursing students to apply for and be admitted to UMSON and begin taking UMSON nursing courses simultaneously with their CSM nursing courses. Students then continue with their UMSON courses after graduation from CSM in order to complete the BSN. The second agreement, signed in September 2015, allows practicing Registered Nurses to apply for and be admitted to UMSON and begin taking UMSON nursing courses. Simultaneously, RNs will need to be admitted to CSM to complete prerequisite courses.
  18. How long does this Dual admission program take in order to obtain my BSN? This will vary for every student and will depend on the number and nature of prerequisite courses needed, how many courses individuals will be able to take each semester and the schedule of course offerings.
  19. Where are UMSON courses held that are not being taught here at CSM? UMSON offers courses at their main campus in downtown Baltimore, on their Shady Grove campus in Rockville, at their newest site in Laurel, MD, and online.
  20. Will UMSON nursing courses be taught during the summer? Yes. The exact course offerings and dates are being planned.