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.

Towson University is excited to offer additional online courses for our Degree Completion Option students, beginning fall 2019. This includes Associate-to-Bachelor’s (ATB) and RN to B.S. students.  Students will now have the opportunity to complete 90% of the program online! We will still offer courses in alternative formats – face-to-face and hybrid. This will allow students to choose the format that best fits their academic needs! Learn more (PDF)!

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.