School of Natural Science and Mathematics
Biology and Nursing (Dual-degree Program)
A cooperative program between Mount St. Mary's University and a partnering nursing institution is available to students who seek to pursue a career in nursing and who also want a solid liberal arts education. Pursuing a dual-degree program will allow a student to earn undergraduate degrees both from Mount St. Mary's University and the partnering institution.
Biology and Nursing Dual Degree Program
There are two phases to the dual-degree program. Phase One is completed at Mount St. Mary's University and typically takes three years.
Phase One Courses
Completion of the Veritas Program
*PSYCH 450 Lifespan development may be taken in lieu of PSYCH 206 & 207*
Students will have priority for admission to a dual-degree program if they satisfy the following requirements at the Mount:
grades of a B or above in BIOL 298, 299, 300;
a grade point average of at least a 3.0 in all science courses and other nursing prerequisites; and
a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 overall, will have priority for admission to a dual-degree program.
Phase Two Courses
Phase Two consists of nursing-specific coursework and is completed at a partnering institution. Upon successful completion of the first year of coursework at the partnering institution, credits are transferred to Mount St. Mary's to complete the student's MSMU bachelor's of science degree in biology. Students then continue with the remaining requirements of the partnering institution resulting in a bachelor's of science degree in nursing.
Mount St. Mary's currently has dual-degree nursing partnerships with the University of Maryland and Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia.
University of Maryland
Phase two consists of two years of full-time study in nursing-intensive courses at University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON), located in downtown Baltimore, and its associated clinical sites in Maryland. All students who have met the entrance requirements of the Mount, who will be or currently are full-time students at the Mount are eligible for the BS/BSN dual-degree program. UMSON has guaranteed five seats each year to MSMU students pursuing this track. In addition to the prerequisite courses above, students choosing UMSON must also take a math course (college algebra or higher, 3 credits) and must take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) exam. Upon Successful completion of UMSON coursework, the student will receive a bachelor's of science degree in nursing, and is qualified to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to obtain licensure as a registered nurse.
Shenandoah University (SU) offers a traditional five semester nursing curriculum for phase two. SU has guaranteed 10 seats each year to MSMU students pursuing this track. In addition to the pre-requisite courses above, students choosing to pursue studies at the Shenandoah University must also take a one-credit medical terminology course and must sit for the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) exam. Upon successful completion of SU coursework, the student will receive a bachelor's of science degree in nursing, and is qualified to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to obtain licensure as a registered nurse.
Declaration of Major and Declaration of Minor forms are available through the registrar's office.