Academic advising is an important part of the teaching and learning experience at Towson University. Academic advisers provide ongoing support to students as they explore and define their academic and career goals. Advisers and students work together to develop degree completion plans which outline courses needed and the appropriate sequence and timing of the courses.

In the Department of Nursing faculty and professional staff serve as academic advisers. Freshman students participate in the required First Year Experience (FYE) Advising Program. All other pre-nursing majors, including transfer students, are advised by our academic advising specialist until they complete the lower-level requirements and are admitted into the nursing major. At that point, they are assigned a faculty adviser. Students enrolled in our degree completion options (ATB and RN-BS) are advised by professional and faculty advisers.

Students should meet with their adviser every term well before their assigned date to register for classes. Academic advising holds are applied at specific points throughout the academic career. Academic advising holds block students from registration and students will not be able to register for courses until they meet with their adviser. In addition enrollment for nursing courses require department permission. Students will not be able to register for nursing courses without speaking to their adviser.

Degree Completion Plan

Academic advisers also help students complete and file a required Degree Completion Plan (DCP) by the end of the sophomore year or the semester after transferring in. Students who have 45 earned credits (transferred plus Towson credits) must complete a Degree Completion Plan (DCP).

Basic/pre-licensure nursing DCP resources:

Associate to Bachelor and RN to BS nursing DCP resources:

  • Degree Requirements
  • Students will collaborate with their adviser to complete and file a DCP form unique to their plan of study.