Nursing Major

If you are interested in working directly with patients or want to pursue a leadership role within a healthcare institution, a bachelor’s degree in nursing can open those doors for you. 

Nursing Students

By selecting a career-focused major like nursing, you are well-positioned for lifelong learning and career advancement. The nursing major's basic/pre-licensure option is for students who do not have a previous nursing degree, as well as those who have a bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than nursing. If you have a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field, you may consider the undergraduate major or the Entry-Level Master of Science (ELMS) program.

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.

The nursing major is a screened, highly competitive major with limited space available. Students must apply and meet admission requirements to be considered for admission to the major. Direct entry as a freshman student is not available; the first two years of your degree will be dedicated to pre-major requirements such as the Core Curriculum and nursing prerequisite courses. Admission screening takes place during the term prior to the student's anticipated enrollment in the first nursing course. Students typically apply during their sophomore year to begin in the junior year, though this timing may vary for individual students.

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 is reported by the Maryland Board of Nursing for Towson University.

YEAR TU Pass Rate Maryland Average Maryland Required
2014 83.52% 80.62% 74.30%
2015 88.67% 80.03% 74.28%
2016 82.54% 82.82% 75.55%
2017 87.23% 85.55% 77.60%
2018 90.07% 87.70% 79.03%
2019 89.82% 88.54% 79.52%
2020 88.82% 87.78% 79.14%
2021 85.00% 86.45% 76.03%