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Welcome to Frostburg State University's

Department of Nursing Homepage! 

Thank you for your interest in our online nursing programs.  To find out information about our programs, please select the appropriate RN to BSN or MSN tab on the left.  After you review our information, if you have questions please feel free to contact our Nursing Department at

Our History

In 2008, Frostburg State University received approval to begin an RN-BSN program.  This program is taught in consecutive semesters delivered in a part-time (6 credits per semester) or full-time (12 credits or more per semester) online format and can be completed in as little as 18 months.  It is a total of 32 hours of core and elective nursing coursework. 

Initially the program had 8 students when it began in fall of 2009.  Enrollment gradually increased, but the largest growth in the program was just after receiving Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accreditation in spring of 2011.  Currently, we have 269 students enrolled for the spring 2014 semester.  Just this spring 2014 our M.S. in nursing proposal was approved by the University System of Maryland and we are currently awaiting Maryland Higher Education Commission and Maryland Board of Nursing approval to begin accepting student in fall 2014.

Most recently the program was recognized and ranked fifth in the nation as a Best Buy in online nursing bachelors programs by  All courses in the program have been certified by Quality Matters™ or are in the process of certification. 

Overall, the department has been awarded over $700,000 in grant funding to grow and expand the program and support the faculty.  The most recent funding was granted to support the planning of a fully online MSN program in nursing administration and nursing education tracks.

We strive to provide accessible, affordable, quality online education to decrease the barriers that often keep nurses from coming back to school or from pursuing an online degree by way of a comprehensive online assessment, test courses, tutorials, and resources.