Nursing Major

If you are interested in working directly with patients or want to pursue a leadership role within a health care institution, a bachelor’s degree in nursing can open those doors for you. By selecting a career-focused major like nursing, you are well-positioned for lifelong learning and career advancement. The basic program option/nursing major is for those who do not have a previous nursing degree, as well as those who have a bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than nursing. 

Nursing Students

Towson University’s bachelor’s degree with a major in nursing requires a minimum of 120 units for graduation. Enroll in the required science courses as you build your communication, critical thinking and leadership skills. However, established departmental requirements must also be completed for graduation with a nursing major, which means most students enrolled in the program may need to complete more than 120 units.  

Students are eligible to apply for admission to the nursing major after they have completed a minimum of 42 undergraduate units, including at least three laboratory science prerequisites and ENGL 102. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 is required.  The screening process takes place during the term prior to the student's anticipated enrollment in the first nursing course. View all admission prerequisite courses and degree requirements in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Undergraduate students completing the nursing major are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN®). NCLEX-RN® First-time pass rate information as reported by the Maryland Board of Nursing for Towson University:

FY  TU Pass Rate Maryland Average Maryland Required
 2012  91.22%  87.71%  80.03%
 2013  86.10%  85.86%  78.33%
 2014  83.52%  80.62%  74.30%
 2015  88.67%  80.03%  74.28%
2016 82.54% 82.82% 75.55%