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Frequently Asked Questions

What type of nursing program is offered at Frostburg State University?
FSU offers a RN to BSN Completion program for nurses who have graduated from a community college or diploma program in nursing and successfully completed the NCLEX exam for RN licensure. This program does NOT lead to licensure as a registered nurse. If you are interested in a career in nursing but are not licensed, you should follow the pre-professional program in Nursing Preparation described in the Frostburg State University catalog.

What are the prerequisites?

  • Freshman Composition
  • 2 Humanities electives (history, literature, language, philosophy -courses must be from 2 different areas)
  • General Chemistry I
  • Anatomy & Physiology I and II
  • Microbiology
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Nutrition
  • Statistics
  • Freshman Colloquia (or a 3 credit interdisciplinary course from a community college)
  • Advanced Colloquia (or one additional course in the General Education Program - areas cannot be duplicated)

How do I know what courses I still need to take?
Compare your college transcripts or grade reports to the list of prerequisites above. If you need further assistance, call (301-687-4141), e-mail (, or fax (301-687-3164) unofficial transcripts of your college coursework to Roxanne Weighley, the Program Management Specialist, for the Program.
Please allow two weeks for your review.

How do I apply?
Students should complete an application for admission to Frostburg State University. The application may be submitted online with a $30 application fee.  Students must submit official college transcripts for ALL previous college credit.  Once the student applies and the transfer credits are reviewed, they will receive an acceptance letter and a transfer credit evaluation from the Admissions Office if they meet admission criteria.  Once the tuition deposit is paid, contact Heather Proud at or 301-687-3413.

What if I completed my initial nursing program in a state other than Maryland?
Students should contact Heather Proud at 301-687-3413 or

How long is the program?
The program consists of 9 nursing-specific courses, one course in Leadership and Human Behavior, and one elective. The nursing courses are taught over four semesters (including a summer semester) so the program can be completed in 18 months. You can enter the course sequence in any semester. It is recommended that the Leadership and Human Behavior course and Advanced Composition be taken early in the course sequence.

Where are classes held?
The Nursing content is delivered online with synchronous 'virtual' classes scheduled for some courses to enhance understanding of the content. This means that you choose your classroom - whether it is your home, workplace, or the local library. Leadership and Human Behavior, Advanced Composition, and many electives are also offered online so students will be able to complete their coursework entirely in an online format. It is never required that you come to campus, although we welcome you at any time.