Archive for September, 2016

Spotlight on Majors: Nursing

September 1, 2016  |  Majors  |  No Comments

Throughout this school year, we will be highlighting a number of academic programs here at Hood in order to share our students’ and faculty members’ experiences both within and outside of the classroom environment.

This month, we’re shining a spotlight on the nursing program, one of the newest majors at Hood College. We actually offer two different nursing programs at Hood: a two-year BSN completion program for students who are already registered nurses and a four-year, direct-entry pre-licensure program for aspiring RNs.

nursing photoUnlike most other nursing programs, Hood’s pre-licensure program allows students to dive into the nursing curriculum during their first semester at college. Throughout their first four semesters, nursing students take a combination of liberal arts classes from the Hood College core curriculum and in-depth nursing classes, including Anatomy and Physiology, Introduction to Pharmacology, and Developmental Psychology. Throughout this time, students work both in the classroom and in our innovative nursing labs, where they’re able to interact with high-tech mannequins designed specifically to simulate a hospital environment.

Beginning in the third year of the nursing program, students enter 8-week rotations at local hospitals to explore various nursing specialties, from pediatric care to adult mental health. In addition to these clinical rotations, students continue to study in the classroom and lab environments to enrich their real-life experience and expand their skills. Upon graduation, nursing students are fully prepared to take the NCLEX licensing examination.

To apply for the nursing program, students simply need to indicate interest in nursing on their Common App for Hood College. As with any application, students will be evaluated for admission to the college on a rolling basis, but there are two deadlines specifically for prospective students to be evaluated for admission to the nursing program. The first of these deadlines is on December 1st, and decisions will be mailed by December 15th. For students who are not admitted to the nursing program during the first round and students who do not complete their application until after December, a second round of decisions will be made on March 1st and mailed by March 15th.

For more information about the nursing program or how to apply, please contact the Office of Admission at 301-696-3400 or