Admission Requirements

Admission to the nursing major is contingent upon the student being screened and admission being offered by the department. Admission to the university does not constitute or guarantee admission to the major.

Nursing Application Deadlines

  • Fall Admission: January 15th
    main campus and University System of Maryland Hagerstown Center locations
  • Spring Admission: August 15th
    main campus location only 

Application Eligibility

Students are eligible to apply for admission to the nursing major only after completing a minimum of 42 undergraduate units, including at least three (3) equivalent laboratory science prerequisites and an equivalent U.S. English composition course. Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements to apply are considered ineligible and will not be reviewed for admission.

Admission Criteria

  • overall cumulative GPA of a 3.00 or higher
  • grades of C (2.00) or higher in all nursing prerequisite courses
  • limit of two (2) repeated courses
  • all college level courses completed within 10 years

Students who do not meet the admissions criteria may apply for consideration under the Individual Admissions Policy.

Admission Competitiveness

All students, including those currently enrolled at Towson University, transfer and second bachelor applicants, are considered on a competitive and space available basis for the nursing major. Decisions regarding acceptance to begin the nursing program are made according to an overall cumulative GPA from all institutions attended; science prerequisite GPA; TEAS test score; and consideration of the overall academic record.

Selection for admittance is highly competitive due to the number of applicants and the overall strength of the applicant pool. A minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA is required. Applicants must note that achievement at the 3.00 level does not guarantee admission to the program. Generally, grade point averages of admitted students are closer to 3.60-3.70. Competitive TEAS test scores average between 85-86%.

Campus Locations

The Department of Nursing welcomes nursing applications for the Nursing Major at the main campus to begin in the fall or spring term. The University System of Maryland Hagerstown Center (USMH) location is available for a fall term start only.

Applicants applying for fall admission will select a first choice location. Selecting a second choice location is optional and should only be selected if you are willing to accept admission to that location. The university reserves the right to cancel admission to either campus location if not enough students accept admission to the site.

Applicants admitted to the nursing major at the University System of Maryland Hagerstown Center (USMH) must agree to attend clinical experiences in the Baltimore/Washington region in the event appropriate quality experiences are not available in the Western Maryland region.

Nursing Application Process

Review the application eligibility and admission criteria before submitting the nursing application.

Submit the Fall 2021 Nursing Application

Submit the electronic Fall 2021 Application for Admission: Undergraduate Basic Program Option

Pay the $50 application fee (non-refundable).

Submit Official Transcripts

Submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended excluding Towson University transcripts. Transcripts must include grades for the most recent course work completed including summer or winter courses. Transcripts can be sent electronically to or by mail to:

  • University Admissions
    8000 York Road
    Towson, MD 21252

Send Test of Essential Academic Skills Report

Send official ATI TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) report to Towson University. Review TEAS informational page.

Submit the Undergraduate University Admissions Application

Students submitting the nursing application but not enrolled at Towson University must also submit an Undergraduate Admissions application for the term they wish to begin the nursing program. A nursing application may be submitted prior the Undergraduate Admissions application; however, students will not be accepted to the nursing major without being admitted to Towson University. 

Review the Standards and Functional Abilities for Nursing Students (PDF)


NOTE: The Nursing Application and application fee must be submitted by the application deadlines. Required supplemental application materials such as official transcripts and TEAS scores will accepted until September 1st for spring admission consideration and February 1st for fall admission consideration. Incomplete application packages will not be considered for admission. It is the applicant’s responsibility to make certain all required documents have been received. Incomplete applications or those improperly filed are subject to cancellation. The nursing application fee is non-refundable.