If you are interested in advancing your career in nursing, a bachelor’s degree is
critical to your future success. In fact, many health care institutions now prefer
to hire nurses with bachelor’s degrees. Towson University offers two nursing degree
completion options: the RN-to-BS in Nursing option and the Associate-to-Bachelor’s
(ATB) Nursing Dual Enrollment option.
Approximately 90% of the degree completion curriculum is available online. NURS 489
Degree Completion Practicum is a clinical course requiring face-to-face participation.While we continue to offer courses in face-to-face and hybrid formats, some of the
courses are only offered online. Through the option students have the opportunity
to take courses in a variety of formats. The ability to offer a variety of formats
from term to term is determined by student interest and course enrollments. Courses
in the RN to B.S. option are offered during the day. Evening and weekend offerings
are not an option at this time.
Registered Nurse-to-Bachelor of Science (RN-to-BS)
- Students must have graduated from a state-approved diploma or associate degree nursing
program and have an active unencumbered Maryland or a compact RN license. Recent associate’s
degree or diploma nursing graduates may be admitted pending successful completion
of the NCLEX-RN.
- Students can attain their B.S. degree in as little as one academic year of full-time
study; however, flexibility is available for students who wish to pursue a part-time
plan of study.
- Once the curriculum is started it is recommended that students maintain continuous
- Learn more about the RN to B.S. in Nursing.
- Students are eligible for the ATB option once they have been admitted to the nursing
program at a participating community college partner.
- This accelerated 2 ½ years of year-round enrollment allows students dual enrollment
in both the A.A./A.S. degree nursing program at the respective community college and
the B.S. degree nursing program at Towson University.
- Students must be successful in all program courses to continue in the ATB option and
are expected to follow and complete a plan of study developed collaboratively between
faculty and administrative members of both institutions.
- Students must successfully pass NCLEX-RN and obtain their Maryland or compact state
license to complete the remaining TU courses.
- Learn more about the Associate-to-Bachelor’s (ATB) Nursing Dual Enrollment option.
RN Articulation Model
Under the Maryland Nursing Articulation Model, credits are awarded for transferable
nursing and non-nursing courses at the college level for both nursing degree completion
options. Vocational-technical and non-college general education courses do not transfer,
subject to individual college policies. No more than half of the credits for a degree
can be transfer credits.
Transferable Nursing and Non-nursing Courses
Lower Level Liberal Arts & Science credits
Number of credits depends on community college non-nursing credits earned
Upper Level Nursing Credits based on unencumbered Maryland Licensure
90 Credits - This is the maximum allowed in transfer
Degree Completion Curriculum
Students will work closely with an academic adviser to follow a plan for success in
completing the degree requirements. View more information about degree requirements and course descriptions in the Undergraduate Catalog.