Department of Nursing

Frostburg State University’s Department of Nursing offers degree programs for nurses and prospective nurses at many career stages, with options for first-year college students, community college transfers and current RNs, as well as MSN programs for nurse practitioners or for nurses interested in teaching or administration. FSU’s affordable, CCNE-accredited programs will help you advance your nursing career.

Nursing Program Options 

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Options

Traditional Bachelor of Nursing (On-campus) RN to BSN (Online) LPN to BSN (Online) Dual Enrollment Associate to Bachelor (Online)

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Options

Master of Science in Leadership & Management (Online) Master of Science in Nursing Education (Online) MSN in Family Nurse Practitioner (Blended)
MSN in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Blended)


Department Mission & Vision


To prepare the individual to be a professional health care practitioner who provides compassionate care that is based on scientific evidence and who serves as the link between the patient (individual, family, community, or population) and the health care environment across the lifespan. This program provides student centered learning experiences in a supportive community to prepare students to assume leadership positions, manage complex clinical care, and prepare graduates to assume responsibility and accountability for health promotion of citizens within the community and across the nation.


The nursing program at FSU strives to be the program of choice for students who choose to pursue a degree in nursing. Nursing graduates will demonstrate critical thinking, collaboration with other health care professionals, and a willingness to engage individuals, families, and communities in making decisions about health.

Undergraduate Program Objectives

The BSN Program prepares the graduate to:

  • Utilize critical thinking and creativity to address professional practice and patient care issues.
  • Apply leadership concepts and collaborative strategies to the process of nursing care delivery.
  • Utilize quality improvement and safety management principles in clinical nursing practice.
  • Identify and understand basic elements of nursing research.
  • Integrate scientific evidence with clinical judgment and patient preference to improve patient outcomes.
  • Safely use information technology to improve patient care.
  • Describe the ethical, legal, political and financial influences on the delivery of patient care.
  • Demonstrate interpersonal communication skills and collaborative strategies that support the delivery of interdisciplinary, patient-centered care.
  • Provide evidenced-based, preventative health care to families, communities and vulnerable populations in community-based settings.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attributes of professional nursing practice.

Graduate Program Objectives

Upon completion of the MSN program, students will be able to:

  1. Integrate critical thinking and creativity to provide higher levels of leadership and practice in nursing and healthcare systems.
  2. Synthesize the impact of relationships between organizational and systems leadership as it relates to the implementation of quality and safe patient care delivery.
  3. Apply evidence-based methods, tools, performance measures, and standards that relate to the integration of quality principles within complex care settings.
  4. Execute the change agent role by translating and disseminating quality evidence to resolve practice issues and improve outcomes.
  5. Implement the use of communication and patient care technologies to coordinate the delivery of integrated care across inter-disciplinary healthcare teams.
  6. Advocate at the system level for policy transformation to improve health and health systems.
  7. Execute effective communication to collaborate and consult with inter-professional teams to manage and coordinator care.
  8. Integrate care across the continuum to provide patient-centered, culturally appropriate services to diverse populations through evidence-based planning, delivery, management, and evaluation, and
  9. Develop advanced nursing practice interventions that influence both direct and indirect care components to improve healthcare outcomes for individuals, populations, and systems.


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The baccalaureate degree in nursing and master’s degree in nursing at Frostburg State University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.


Contact Information:

FSU Department of Nursing
Education and Health Science Center

All students applying for the FSU Traditional BSN program or the LPN-BSN online program must complete a TEAS test.  

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