Bowie State University

Bowie, MD 20715

Bowie State University (BSU) is a public university in Bowie, Maryland. It is part of the 10-campus University System of Maryland. It is also the oldest historically black university in the state and one of the oldest in the United States. The university was founded in 1865 as the Baltimore Normal School for Colored Teachers. It went through several name changes before being named Bowie State University in 1988 and joining the University System of Maryland. BSU offers 22 undergraduate degree programs and 19 master’s programs. The nursing programs are offered through the BSU College of Professional Studies. The campus location in Bowie is about 25 miles away from Baltimore and 17 miles from Washington D.C.

The nursing programs offered at BSU include traditional BSN, accelerated BSN, RN to BSN, and MSN programs, which are accredited by the CCNE. The baccalaureate programs were accredited in 1988, while the master’s program was accredited in 1994. Students develop their skills at a state-of-the-art nursing simulation lab and a new learning center. The college also helps students secure internships at local award-winning healthcare facilities. The BSN program has been offered for almost 30 years and includes partnerships with many hospitals and medical centers in the area, including the Veterans Administration Medical Center.


Campus LocaleSuburb: Large
Student to Faculty Ratio16:1
Open AdmissionNo
Religious Affiliation -
Level4 year
Business ModelNot for Profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate75%

Nursing Programs Offered

  1. BSN
  2. MSN
  3. Accelerated BSN
  4. RN to BSN

Nursing Programs Graduates - 2016-2017 academic year

Program name Degree type Graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's degree 112
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's degree 0
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Master's degree 42
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Post-master's certificate 0
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing Post-master's certificate 1

Nearby Nursing Schools

The following schools are located within 200 miles radius from Bowie State University

University of Maryland-College Park
9.91 miles away
University of Maryland-University College
10.66 miles away
University of the District of Columbia
17.23 miles away
University of Maryland Baltimore
20.2 miles away
American International Institute of Health
20.68 miles away
Coppin State University
20.92 miles away
Alexandria City Schools
23.12 miles away
Star College
23.3 miles away
Morgan State University
24.39 miles away
ALMA School of Nursing and Allied Health
26.29 miles away


Institutional Accreditations
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
01/01/1961 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (MNUR) - Master's program
03/01/1994 - Current
Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
03/01/1988 - Current



Acceptance Rate
SAT: Critical Reading400 to 480
SAT: Math380 to 460
SAT: Writing390 to 470
ACT Composite15 to 19
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Neither required nor recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Recommended
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

Cost (Net Price)


Average Net Price/year
Net Price by Family Income
Less than 30k$10,579
30k to 48k$12,978
48k to 75k$16,261
75k to 110k$19,289
Over 110k$20,006
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Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Two or more races
Non-resident alien
Race/ethnicity unknown
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
American Indian or Alaska Native

Data soucre: IPEDS colleges survery (Fall 2016)

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Hal and Jo Cohen Graduate Nursing Faculty Scholarship

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State Nursing Scholarship

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State Nursing Living Expenses Grant

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Data source: (2015-2016 colleges survey) and Maryland state board of nursing
Bowie State University
14000 Jericho Park Rd
Bowie, MD 20715

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