ATM pays off against nursing shortage

TU and CCBC to offer associate-to-master’s nursing degree

TOWSON, Md. (Sept. 21, 2008)—TU’s Department of Nursing and the Community College of Baltimore County’s School of Health Professions have launched an associate to master’s (ATM) degree in nursing for college graduates with a non-nursing bachelor’s degrees from regionally accredited institutions.

Funded in part by a Department of Labor grant, the ATM program will correct a leading cause cited for the national shortage of nurses—a lack of master’s prepared nurses credentialed to teach.

“Dr. Roberta Raymond—former nursing program administrator at CCBC—and I were disheartened that only about 25 percent of nurses with an associate degree continue on with their education,” says Jacquelyn Jordan, chair of nursing at TU. “We wanted a program that not only provides a master’s education for nurses, but increases the number of practicing nurses who would also be credentialed to teach in Maryland’s nursing programs."

TU and CCBC’s full-time, year-round program is designed to fast-track into careers as nurse educators those who graduated college in other disciplines.

Students will study for the associate degree in nursing at CCBC for the first 17 months. Those who successfully complete the degree and obtain the RN license will continue coursework at TU to earn a combined BSN and MS in nursing degree with a focus on nursing education. The entire program can be completed in fewer than three years.

Pending regulatory approvals, the first class is scheduled to begin February 2009 at CCBC Essex. In addition to the bachelor’s degree, applicants will be required to have completed the following prerequisites: Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II, General Microbiology, Nutrition, Fundamentals of Chemistry (with lab), Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry (with lab), College Composition I and II, Introduction to Statistical Methods, Introduction to Psychology, Human Growth and Development, Introduction to Sociology, and Fundamentals of Communication. All applicants will also be required to take and pass the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS®), a pre-admission test.

Applications are now being accepted. The deadline for applications to the CCBC’s Office of Selective Admissions is October 15. For information and an application, log on to

For additional information, contact the CCBC Essex Nursing Program Case Manager, Ms. Gwen Jones at 410-780-6100 or or the Office of Selective Admissions at 410-780-6112 or




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