Nursing Degree Completion Options

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 enrollment.
  • Learn more about the RN to B.S. in Nursing.

Associate-to-Bachelor’s (ATB)

  • 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.

Awarded Credits Transferable Nursing and Non-nursing Courses
60 Credits

Lower Level Liberal Arts & Science credits

Number of credits depends on community college non-nursing credits earned

30 Credits Upper Level Nursing Credits based on unencumbered Maryland Licensure
Total: 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.