In addition to our Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) program, Mary Baldwin University offers prerequisite courses and connections to esteemed institutions where students can earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing or a Master of Science in Nursing. Whether you are a registered nurse, a nursing student finishing your associate’s degree, or a current Mary Baldwin student interested in focusing on nursing, the Mary Baldwin path will guide you toward a rewarding career in a growing health care field.
If you are a licensed RN or finishing your associate’s degree in nursing:
- Mary Baldwin’s RN to BSN program was created with flexibility in mind to support working nurses in our community. Collaboration and interprofessional education are at the core of the program, which is offered online.
If you are a current Mary Baldwin student:
- Master of Science in Nursing (MSN): The MSN opens many opportunities for students interested in emerging aspects of professional medical practice that are not based in the traditional medical degree or in custodial hospital care. Students complete three years as an undergraduate at Mary Baldwin, then transfer to Vanderbilt University (TN) for two additional years of study, earning a bachelor’s degree from Mary Baldwin and a master’s degree from Vanderbilt.
- Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN): After earning your bachelor’s degree from Mary Baldwin, you can apply to the post-baccalaureate ASBN program at Jefferson College of Health Sciences through an articulation agreement. Many other entry-level nursing programs that offer ABSN programs are available nearby. An Mary Baldwin advisor can support you in identifying these institutions.
Options for incoming freshman and transfer students with no prior college degree:
Mary Baldwin University does not offer a traditional entry-level nursing program. To pursue a nursing degree, students may choose to:
- secure an associate’s degree in nursing from a community college, obtain RN licensure, then transfer to Mary Baldwin’s RN to BSN program to complete a bachelor’s degree
- find a 4-year nursing program at another institution
Offered in partnership with Vanderbilt University.
After completing three years as an undergraduate at Mary Baldwin, students are eligible to apply to the School of Nursing at Vanderbilt University (through the university’s Senior-Year-in-Absentia program) for two additional years of study. After successfully completing one academic year of generalist nursing courses at Vanderbilt, students are awarded a baccalaureate degree from Mary Baldwin, and they continue in the program for four additional semesters (summer, fall, spring, and summer) to earn a master of science in nursing (MSN) from Vanderbilt.
Mary Baldwin students are required to complete the Independent Major Form to enroll in the nursing program.
The MSN opens many opportunities for students in the rapidly growing medical field, and it is an attractive option for students who wish to be involved in emerging aspects of professional medical practice that are not based in a traditional medical degree or in custodial hospital care. According to the Vanderbilt site, “This unique combination of study on two differently oriented campuses provides the student with an excellent nursing education, strongly complemented by study in the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences.”
Advanced practice nursing specialties:
- Acute care nurse practitioner
- Adult nurse practitioner
- Adult/gerontological nurse practitioner
- Clinical management
- Family nurse practitioner
- Family/acute care nurse practitioner — emergency care
- Health systems management
- Neonatal nurse practitioner
- Nurse-midwifery/family nurse practitioner
- Nursing informatics
- Pediatric acute care nurse practitioner
- Pediatric primary care nurse practitioner
- Psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner
- Women’s health nurse practitioner
- Women’s health/adult nurse practitioner, including focus areas in:
- Cardiovascular disease prevention and management
- Clinical research management
- Emergency response management
- Forensic nursing
- Palliative care
Learn more about Vanderbilt’s master of science in nursing Senior-Year-in-Absentia program.
Post-Baccalaureate ABSN Program
In an articulation agreement with the Jefferson College of Health Sciences (JCHS) in Roanoke, Mary Baldwin University offers opportunity and access for students seeking a nursing degree after completing a bachelor’s degree.
Each year, JCHS will grant priority admission to five qualified Mary Baldwin graduates who seek entry into their accelerated bachelor of nursing program.
JCHS, which traces its history to 1914, is a professional health sciences college, offering the master of science in nursing, physician assistant, and occupational therapy and 10 baccalaureate and associate healthcare programs. The college enrolls approximately 1,000 undergraduate students and 80 graduate students annually.
Photo courtesy of the Jefferson College of Health Sciences.