Undergraduate Programs

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 systemic process for decision making.

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 upper division of the Basic track.

The LPN to BSN and RN to BSN tracks offer a mechanism for licensed practical nurses (LPN's) and Associate Degree or Diploma registered nurses (RN's) 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, acute care facilities (hospitals), and community health agencies in the District of Columbia metropolitan area.


At the completion of the undergraduate program, the matriculating students will:

  • Synthesize knowledge from liberal arts, sciences and humanities, and nursing discipline in critical thinking and decision-making for the implementation, management and evaluation of safe, holistic care for individuals, families and communities.
  • Practice professional nursing within ethical, legal, and professional standards of practice.
  • Provide culturally competent care across the life span in partnership with the inter-professional health care team.
  • Demonstrate communication skills essential to the role of the nurse as provider, designer, manager, coordinator of care, and member of the profession.
  • Collaborate with colleagues and other members of the inter-professional health team to promote health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities.
  • Engage in professional role behaviors that serve to improve nursing and health care delivery systems and address the changing needs of a multicultural society.
  • Apply leadership and management skills to provide quality, cost-effective nursing in a variety of settings.
  • Engage in critical inquiry and incorporate evidence-based research in the practice of professional nursing.

Program Tracks


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 (lower division) 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 2.8 may apply for admission to the upper division program of study. Science courses must have been completed within the last 5 years of application to the program. The upper division program of study begins the summer preceding the junior year and continues for two (2) consecutive academic years.


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 (1) academic year of full-time study, a total of 12 months of full-time student. A part-time plan of study is also available.


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 the nursing courses (upper division).

Important notice regarding state-specific policies

For additional information about how your state of residence may affect the refund policy that applies to you and information about how to file a complaint with pertinent state authorities about online programs, please see http://www.howard.edu/studentfinancialservices/accounts/refunds.htm.