Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program Tracks
The baccalaureate program is built on the foundation of liberal arts and nursing
education that is aimed towards developing students’ abilities in critical
thinking, effective communication, and the use of a systematic process for
There are three (3) program of study tracks at the baccalaureate level – Basic,
LPN to BSN, and RN to BSN. Each is offered to a different type of entering
student. The basic track (lower division and upper division) is offered for
high school graduates and transfer students. College graduates with a non-nursing
degree who have completed the prerequisite courses and transfer students who
have completed the prerequisite courses enter the Basic Track (upper division).
The LPN to BSN and RN to BSN tracks offer a mechanism for licensed practical
nurses (LPNs) and Associate Degree or Diploma registered nurses (RNs) to pursue
a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree.
The curriculum consists of 120 credit hours that are distributed among the
natural sciences, social sciences, general education requirements, and nursing
courses. Clinical experiences are obtained in a variety of health centers,
hospitals, and community health agencies in the District of Columbia Metropolitan
The Basic Track Program of Study is offered for high school graduates and
transfer students. It is sequenced over four academic years with the concentration
of courses for the nursing major at the junior and senior levels (upper division).
The first two years require completion of the liberal education, which provides
a foundation in the natural and physical sciences, psychosocial sciences, humanities,
and fine arts. A foundation in liberal education provides the requisite knowledge
for the development of critical thinking and decision making for nursing practice.
Transfer students who have completed the foundational liberal education requirements
and have a minimum cumulative grade point average of a 2.8 may apply for admission
to the Upper Division program of study. The Upper Division program of study
begins the SUMMER preceding the junior year and continues for two (2) consecutive
RN to BSN Track
The RN to BSN Track is an online program of study for the Registered Nurse
(RN) with an associate degree or diploma in nursing to pursue study for a Bachelor
of Science in Nursing Degree. The RN must possess a valid RN license for practicing
in the United States. The RN can complete the degree requirements in one (1)
summer and one academic year of full-time study, a total of 12 months of full-time
study. A part-time plan of study is also available.
LPN to BSN Track
The LPN to BSN Track is a program of study for the Licensed Practical Nurse
(LPN) to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree. The LPN must possess
a valid LPN license for practicing in the United States. All prerequisite
courses must be completed prior to enrolling in nursing courses.