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Resources and Information about the Nursing Program

Information Sessions

We strongly encourage prospective students to attend a nursing program information session, which are held throughout the year to provide students with critical information about the program.

Upcoming Info Sessions: 

  • Monday, September 9, 2019, at 4:00 p.m.
  • Monday, October 14, 2019, at 4:00 p.m.
  • Monday, November 4, 2019, at 4:00 p.m.
  • Monday, December 2, 2019, at 4:00 p.m.

Location:
Health Sciences Building, Room 122, Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus (map and directions)
7977 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20910

These hour-long sessions cover a variety of topics, including how to become competitive for admission, the application process, and the nursing curriculum. You may also download the nursing information session packet. (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.) Professor Dianna Matthews, nursing program chair, conducts these sessions and is available for general questions. The information sessions are not substitutes for individual counseling. We strongly encourage prospective students to attend a session and, if necessary, schedule an appointment for advising with Maureen Mirowski, health sciences counselor at the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus.

Special Admissions Information

Admission to Montgomery College is open to all; however, the nursing program is a selective application-based program limited to 132 students each semester. Visit the Health Sciences Admissions page for complete details, including special admissions requirements and the health sciences application. 

Additional Expenses and Financial Aid Information 

There are additional costs associated with starting the nursing program upon acceptance and enrollment, including immunizations, uniforms, testing fees, textbooks, CPR certifications, and more. See Approximate Costs of Starting the Nursing Program (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)   for more information. 

The program’s overall tuition is determined by Montgomery College's current tuition rates for credit courses. The nursing program is 70 total credits. Financial aid is available. 

Frequently Asked Questions

To apply to the Nursing Program, a student must: a) be enrolled at Montgomery College; b) have completed course work in ENGL 101: Introduction to College Writing, MATH 117 or higher, and BIOL 212: Human Anatomy and Physiology I; c) have met the minimum required scores on the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). Preference will be given to students who have completed the priority courses Biology 213, English 102. For more comprehensive information on admissions requirements, please visit the health sciences admissions page
The Nursing Program requires two academic years to complete. Students often need additional time to complete the prerequisite courses listed in question one.
Currently, the Nursing Program accepts up to 132 students each semester.

The upcoming application deadlines for the Nursing Program are:

Application Submission Deadline 

Semester of Entry into the Program 
Fall Semester of 2019: Monday April 1, 2019 
Spring Semester of 2020: Thursday August 1, 2019 
Fall Semester of 2020: Wednesday April 1, 2020
Spring Semester of 2021: Monday August 3, 2020*
*Please note that when April 1 falls on a weekend the following Monday is considered the application deadline.

We recommend that you always check the Nursing Program Admissions webpage, or call the program directly if there are any questions about the deadlines.

A minimum grade point average of 2.5 is required. No student with a GPA below 2.5 is admitted into the program.
No, nursing classes and clinical work are offered during the weekdays only.
Students should plan on a minimum of three to four days a week to be in lectures, clinical, and in labs. Additional time will be needed to read and study for the courses. Please remember that your schedule will need to be flexible.
There are additional costs associated with the Nursing Program (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)   upon acceptance and enrollment. The program’s overall tuition is determined by the current tuition rates for credit courses. The Nursing Program is 70 total credits.
No, students who are not enrolled in the program cannot take Nursing courses.
No, the nursing curriculum is dependent on proper sequencing of courses and requires two academic years to complete. A college degree may exempt students from the general education requirements in the Nursing Curriculum but it will not exempt students from the science requirements. There is no accelerated program.
The TEAS exam is required for all application submissions to the Nursing Program. Applicants cannot be exempted from the requirement regardless of factors like educational background, prior course work, grade point average, or existing degrees. See TEAS resources for more information. 
Courses from other countries may be transferred into Montgomery College, but they must first be evaluated by an approved, international credentials evaluation service. Contact the Office of Enrollment Services at 240-567-1501 for an information packet on course evaluation.
Yes, it is possible to transfer into the program from a different Nursing Program. For more detailed information, please see Transferring In to the Nursing Program. Please note that the Director of the Nursing Program must evaluate all requests for transfer.
No, the Nursing Program is based on Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus. There are no classes available at the other campuses.
Currently, distance learning options are very limited.

No, the LPN and Military Medic/Corpsman programs differ from the regular Nursing Program. They are bridge programs, designed to give credit for prior certification and work experience. For additional information on these programs you can visit their respective web pages: 

Most major colleges and universities accept all or most of the general education credits taken at the Associate Degree level. Placement testing may be required to validate previous nursing courses. Students are Registered Nurses upon successful completion of the licensing examination following their Associate Degree education. A student who continues on for a Baccalaureate Degree does not take an additional licensing examination. Montgomery College participates in the Maryland Articulation Model. In addition, agreements with most of the private colleges and universities in the area allow direct transferability of courses in the Nursing Program.

A student can call the Office of Enrollment Services at 240-567-1501 or the College Recruiter at 240-567-1583. Applications are also available for download from the Health Sciences Admissions webpage. The application should be mailed or hand-delivered to the Office of Enrollment Services on the Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus. The address is listed on the application.

The Nursing Program office does not accept or process applications.

Job opportunities for RNs are expected to be very good well into the future. Employment of Registered Nurses is expected to grow faster than average for all occupations, and because the occupation is very large, many new jobs will be available. Thousands of job openings will also result from the need to replace retiring, experienced nurses.
No, if you would like a one-on-one counseling session to discuss applying to the program, creating a plan for your education, learning more about prerequisite course work, determining which general education courses will transfer directly to pursue a Baccalaureate Degree, etc., then it is best to make an appointment with the Health Sciences Counselor, Maureen Mirowski. Will I do clinical 

Clinical Rotations

Clinical rotation is a significant component of the Montgomery College Nursing Program. Hospitals, nursing homes, and other health agencies within the major metropolitan area provide the setting for a variety of clinical experiences which are planned as a vital part of each Nursing Course. 

Some of our program's clinical sites include Adventist Behavioral Health, Children's National Medical Center, Doctor's Hospital, Georgetown University Hospital, Holy Cross Hospital, MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, National Naval Medical Center, Shady Grove Medical Center, Sibley Hospital, Suburban Hospital, Veterans Administration Medical Center, Washington Adventist Hospital, and community clinics and agencies in the local area. 

Completion and Success Rates (Program Outcomes)

Facts About the MC Nursing Program (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)  

Total Student Enrollment 

Spring 2016: 343 students
Fall 2016: 328 students
Spring 2017: 334 students
Fall 2017: 374 students

The Nursing Program’s expected level of achievement (ELA) is that 70 percent of students will complete the Associate Degree Nursing Program within 6 semesters of Full Time Study (150 percent of program length). Traditional Program Completion for the last three years:  

Traditional Nursing Program Completion
Cohort Completion Rate
Spring 2013 to Fall 2015 78.6%
Fall 2013 to Spring 2016  67.6% 
Spring 2014 to Fall 2016  73.7% 
Fall 2014 to Spring 2017  65.3% 

 

Transitional Nursing Program Completion (Summer course NURS 130 designed for LPNs and Military Medics who want to transition into the nursing program)
Cohort Completion Rate
Summer 2013 to Summer 2014 84.2%
Summer 2014 to Fall 2015  76.5% 
Summer 2015 to Fall 2016  73.7%
Summer 2016 to Fall 2017 Results Pending

 

NCLEX per Maryland Board of Nursing 

Expected level of achievement (ELA): 80% of the graduates will successfully complete the licensure examination on the first attempt within the fiscal year (July 1 – June 30).  

Actual Level of Achievement:
Year MC Pass Rate MD Pass Rate
Fiscal Year 2014 84.38% 74.30%
Fiscal Year 2015 74.85%  74.28% 
Fiscal Year 2016 76.22% 75.55% 
Fiscal Year 2017  87.02%  77.60% 

 

Program Job Placement Rates 

Expected level of achievement (ELA) is that 75% of the graduates will have a job in nursing within one year after graduation.

Job placement rates for the last 3years:

Actual Job Placement Rates
Year Job Placement Rate
2012-2013 58%
2013-2014  67.6%
2014-2015 80%
2015-2016  90% 

 

Program Demographic

Ethnic/Racial Minority Full-Time Nursing Faculty (33 total)  Nursing Clinical or Part-Time Faculty (29 total) Nursing Students (354 total)
Asian 19% 4% 15%
Black/African American  25% 50%  37% 
Latino/Hispanic 9%  13%  13% 
White  47%  33%  32% 
Mixed Race 0 0 2%
Other 0 0 0

 

Transferring In to MC's Nursing Program 

Montgomery College's Nursing Program only accepts students in good academic standing from accredited nursing programs.  Good academic standing is defined as a student who earned letter grades of "A", "B", or "C" in Nursing courses.  

Students with unsuccessful nursing course attempts or failures in any nursing course(s) - in any program - are not eligible candidates for transfer into MC Nursing. These students may apply to the program following the admissions criteria for all applicants and attempt to enter the program from the beginning and the first semester of courses. An unsuccessful attempt may include a course withdrawal, letter grade of "D" or "F". 

 Transfer students in good standing will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis based upon documented training and experience. 

  1. Transfer students will be required to submit: a letter requesting transfer, a copy of the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) results, a copy of their official transcript, Nursing course descriptions, and Nursing course syllabi to the Nursing Program Director. Upon review, the Nursing Program Director will arrange an appointment with the transfer candidate.
  2. Transfer students must meet the Test of Essential Academic Skills eligibility with scores of: Reading 70% and Adjusted Individual Total Score of 66% or higher.  TEAS scores are valid for 24 months.
  3. Transfer students will be required to demonstrate clinical skills competencies for all nursing pre-requisite courses and may be required to complete NURS 114: Professionalism and Communications, NURS 121: Health Assessment, NURS 129: Pathophysiology and Pharmacology in Nursing courses with a grade of “C” or better. 
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