ADN to BSN Pathway
Interested in pursuing a career in nursing? Unsure of which path to take to be part of this rapidly-growing field? Our nursing program strives to promote educational progression by developing a variety of pathways, because the needs of our graduates vary.
The ADN to BSN Pathway office provides resources for students in their academic journey as they work towards earning a bachelor of science in nursing (or advanced degree). Montgomery College has numerous nursing transfer and articulation agreements to help students reach their goal of earning their BSN, including the MC and UMSON Dual Admission Program (University of Maryland School of Nursing).
In Maryland, as well as many other states, associate degree nursing graduates articulate to universities for a bachelor's and/or master's degree. Articulation is different from transferring. While transferring between schools involves the transfer of individual courses, articulation means that a block of credits are awarded based on having an RN license.
According to the Maryland Board of Nursing, the RN to BSN articulation model states that "No more than half of the baccalaureate degree, with a maximum of 70 non-nursing credits, will be accepted from a community college. Nursing credits will not be transferred. However, Registered Nurses with an active unencumbered Maryland or compact RN license articulating to the baccalaureate level are awarded a minimum of thirty (30) upper division nursing credits in the program they are entering."
This agreement means that associate degree nursing graduates can often complete a bachelor's degree by completing an additional 30 upper division nursing courses. (This depends on each university's requirements and completion of the additional general education courses needed for a baccalaureate degree.) Additionally, several of the articulation agreements that Montgomery College has include benefits, such as guaranteed admission, reduced tuition and/or scholarships. George Washington University, for example, waives application fees and offers ten scholarships of up to $5,000 per year and Trinity Washington University accepts up to 82 credits from the college and program. See all nursing transfer and articulation agreements.
Montgomery College (MC) and the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) have entered into a Dual Admission Program agreement that offers simultaneous admission to MC’s associate degree in nursing (ADN) and UMSON’s bachelor of science nursing degree (BSN). This is a three plus one year(s) (3+1) agreement.
As an MC nursing student in the Dual Admission Program, you can begin taking UMSON courses to fulfill the requirements for the BSN during your third and fourth semesters. Once you complete the ADN and obtain an RN license, you complete the final year of study at UMSON.
To apply for the Dual Admission Program, you must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 and a minimum science GPA of 2.75. The science GPA is based on the following courses: Microbiology (BIOL 210), Human Anatomy and Physiology I (BIOL 212), Human Anatomy and Physiology II (BIOL 213), and Chemistry (CHEM 131).
You must submit a separate application to UMSON with the following: online application, official transcripts from every college or university attended, essay (part of online application), résumé, and the UMSON prerequisite course list. Apply no later than the beginning of your fourth semester in the MC nursing program. Get complete details about the application instructions (PDF, ) .
Students applying for the Dual Admission Program cannot have more than six outstanding prerequisite courses in their fall or spring semester prior to enrollment at UMSON. See the prerequisite course list (PDF, ) .
The Healthcare Initiative Foundation (HIF) Scholarship provides scholarship support of $1,500 each academic year for students accepted into MC’s nursing program who intend to earn their bachelor’s degree in nursing through the ADN to BSN dual admission program at the Universities at Shady Grove (USG). Bilingual students are particularly encouraged to apply, but this opportunity is open to any nursing student who meets the criteria.
Additional benefits for recipients will include healthcare interpreting certification or cultural communications training, as well as participation in an annual hands-on interprofessional collaboration activity with students in other healthcare fields.
The HIF Scholarships are structured to provide ongoing support to recipients during your studies at Montgomery College and at the Universities at Shady Grove through completion of your bachelor’s degree, as long as you continue to meet the criteria.
- Need based
- Montgomery County resident
- Student already accepted or enrolled in MC’s nursing program with the intent to enroll in the ADN-to-BSN dual admission program with the University of Maryland School of Nursing at the Universities at Shady Grove
- Meets the eligibility requirements for the Dual Admission nursing program, including an overall GPA of at least 3.0 and a science GPA of at least 2.75
- Must commit to an internship/clinical rotation at a nonprofit (or hospital); and maintain academic standing in their degree program
- Go to the Montgomery College Foundation Scholarship Application website.
- Click on “Sign in With Your Institution”
- Use your Montgomery College MyMC credentials to login to the site.
- Read and follow all instructions provided on the home page.
- We strongly encourage you to fill out the FAFSA in order to maximize your financial aid opportunities at Montgomery College. In addition, this scholarship opportunity is based on financial need and by you completing the FAFSA it will assist us with the selection process.
- If this is your first time logging in, you will need to complete the General Application, located by clicking on the ‘Application’ link in the top menu bar. To be considered for the scholarship, please ensure your application is complete. Make sure to answer both essay questions and sign and submit your online scholarship application.
- To search for information regarding the Healthcare Initiative Foundation ADN-to-BSN Nursing Scholarship, click on "Opportunities."
- Click the “Apply” button next to the Healthcare Initiative Foundation ADN-to-BSN Nursing Scholarship, answer the questions, and then click “Submit.” Follow these same steps for any other scholarship opportunities of interest.
- You will be notified of your application status by email. If you are awarded a scholarship, you will receive an award letter in the mail. Please be sure to complete all requirements on the award letter.
For questions regarding the scholarship application process, please contact the Scholarship Office: by email at: Scholarships@montgomerycollege.edu or by telephone at 240-567-4021.
No. Advanced Placement courses cannot be used to satisfy requirements. However, certain scores on the AP exam can be used to fulfill certain UMSON prerequisite requirements.
The courses for the Montgomery College nursing program are completed at the College’s Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus. Coursework for the UMSON program can be completed online or in person at the following locations:
University of Maryland School of Nursing: 655 W. Lombard Street, Baltimore
The Universities at Shady Grove: 9630 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville
Laurel College Center: 312 Marshall Avenue, Ste. 205, Laurel
ADN to BSN Pathway Office Staff
Office Location: Takoma Park Silver Spring Campus, HC 355
BiographyRaquel Bertiz is a full-time faculty of the Nursing Program in Montgomery College. She is a nurse with various clinical experiences in Maternal-Child Health and medical-surgical nursing but her passion education eventually led her to a full time academic life. Raquel earned her BSN and PhD at the University of the Philippines and a Postmaster’s Certificate in Nursing Education at Georgetown University.
As a full time faculty member, Raquel is part of a team teaching Maternal Child Nursing. She is also currently involved in the ADN to BSN Pathway program to facilitate the academic progression of current students in the Associate Degree in Nursing to Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. She is passionate about continuously improving quality of nursing education and had taken interest in simulation as a means to do so. She had learned techniques in debriefing and currently applies it not just in simulation but in classroom settings as well.
Raquel envisions a lot of promise in the future of nursing education and its huge role in the direction of healthcare, and therefore, views today as the right time for nurse educators to position themselves as informed, evidenced-based drivers of nursing education.
Office Location: Takoma Park Silver Spring Campus, HC 339B
BiographyCarla Best-Otubu started her career as an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Montgomery College (MC) in 2014. Prior to coming to MC, she taught at Prince George’s Community College and Catholic University as an Adjunct Faculty for Psychiatric Nursing. Her clinical background includes Psychiatric Nursing and Maternal Infant Health Nursing, which she teaches at MC. She is a proud graduate of Prince George’s Community College (ADN), Stevenson University (BSN), and University of Phoenix (MSN-Ed). In addition to her teaching responsibilities at MC, she is an advocate and mentor to her students and is involved in various nursing program committees, such as the ADN to BSN Pathway.
Laurie Williams currently serves as the Nursing Academic Progression Manager at Montgomery
College at the Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus. Her role in the Nursing Department
is to coordinate efforts for nursing students to pursue their Bachelor of Science
in Nursing upon completion of their program at the College.
Prior to her current role at Montgomery College, Laurie served as a Career/Transfer Specialist, working with MC students to help them navigate the various pathways towards their major and career. She has also worked with international students and communities in the areas of community arts and ESOL education.
She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Community Health Education from the University of Maryland College Park, a Master’s of Science Degree in Urban Economic Development from Eastern University, and a Master’s in Multicultural Education from Eastern University.
ADN to BSN Pathway Office