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RN to BSN Program Details

Program Details 

The RN to BSN program consists of 32 nursing credits. Students are awarded 30 credits for an unencumbered US RN license.Students may transfer up to 70 credits from a Maryland Community College and up to 90 credits from a four-year college or university. A minimum of 30 credits must be completed through Frostburg State University to earn a degree from FSU. A total of 120 credits are required to graduate with a BSN degree.


General Education Program (41 credits)
Math and English 9 credits
Fine Arts 3 credits
Humanities 6 credits
Natural Science (Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology) 8 credits
Social Sciences (Psychology, Sociology) 6 credits
Colloquia 6 credits
Identity and Difference 3 credits

Additional Courses Required for Major (17 credits)
Anatomy and Physiology II 4 credits
Microbiology 4 credits
Nutrition 3 credits
Statistics 3 credits
Human Growth and Development 3 credits

Nursing Major (32 credits)
MGMT 356 Leadership and Human Behavior 3 credits
NURS 401 Health Assessment 3 credits
NURS 402 Nursing Research & Evidence-Based Practice 3 credits
NURS 403 Elements of Professional Nursing Role 3 credits
NURS 404 Nursing Informatics (Tech Fluency) 3 credits
NURS 405 Ethics in Contemporary Nursing Practice 3 credits
NURS 406 Leadership for Quality and Safety 3 credits
NURS 491 Population Focused Nursing Practice 3 credits
NURS 495 Population Focused Nursing Practicum 3 credits
NURS 496 Capstone Project 2 credits
Nursing Elective 3 credits

Active Unencumbered Nursing License 30 credits

Graduation Requirements 120 total credits

Project Concert

ProjectConcert is required by all Frostburg State University nursing students. A one-time subscription fee of $200 is due during the completion of orientation. If a student withdraws from the university and needs to re-apply to the program, they would need to pay an additional $200 fee. 

Advanced Composition

We recommend taking your 300 level Advanced Composition class (ENGL 308) early in the program. This course is placed in the second or third semester of your progression with FSU. The APA formatting that you learn in this class will better prepare you to write your papers in the nursing program. This course cannot be taken through your community college.


  • Before you can enroll in NURS 401, you must have completed a three-credit nutrition class equivalent to our EXSS 200 (previously HEED 200).
  • Before you can enroll in NURS 402, you must have completed a three-credit statistics class equivalent to our MATH 109 (previously 209).


You will be enrolled in an online orientation class. The online orientation course will allow you time to get familiar with the RN-BSN Program, our Learning Management System, and Student Resources including technical support, library assistance, and advising processes.  There is no charge for this course. Completion of the six-week course is mandatory.

Student Identification Card

To receive an FSU ID you must be enrolled in classes. If you are not registered for the current semester through People Soft/Paws, please wait to submit your picture.

  • Please send an email to
  • Include your student I.D. Number, Full Name, Mailing Address, email Address, and telephone number.
  • Send a snapshot of your head with a light blue background as a jpeg attachment. PLEASE DO NOT SEND A PHOTOSHOP IMAGE.
  • Please allow 10 to 15 business days for the return. If your photo is not acceptable, ID Services will send you a response and request another picture.


Textbook information can be found on our FSU Bookstore website, under “TEXTBOOKS” tab.   The same textbook is used in all sections of the class.

Eligible States

Practicum hours can only be completed in the following states:

New Hampshire
New Mexico
North Carolina
South Carolina
South Dakota
West Virginia

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RN-BSN Program Contact:

Roxanne Weighley
Telephone: 301.687.3415

Department Location: Lowndes Hall

For more information or to send transcripts, please use the department email at

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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.