The Associate-to-Bachelor's (ATB) nursing track is a collaborative initiative between
the Towson University Department of Nursing and Maryland community colleges. This
accelerated year-round plan allows students to enroll in both an associate’s degree
nursing program at a participating community college and the baccalaureate degree
nursing program at Towson University.
Current data indicate that only a small proportion of nurses with associate’s degrees
continue their education and earn a baccalaureate degree. The Associate-to-Bachelor’s
(ATB) admission option was designed as a way to help meet the Institute of Medicine’s
recommendation to increase the number of baccalaureate-prepared nurses from 50 percent
to 80 percent by 2020. This is one way Towson University’s Department of Nursing is
helping new nurses seamlessly transition from associate’s-to-baccalaureate education.
Eligibility and Screening
Minimum cumulative GPA of a 3.00 in the community college’s required admission courses.
Eligible students are recruited from those already accepted to the respective community
college’s nursing program.
Prerequisite courses must be completed prior to full acceptance to the option: General
Chemistry (4 credits), Nutrition (3 credits) and Microbiology (4 credits). A grade
equivalent of 2.00 is required.
Admission to the option is a collaborative decision between the Towson University
Department of Nursing and the respective community college.
Admission to the ATB option requires an online Towson University Admissions Application
and application fee. The University Admissions Application should not be completed
until students are formally admitted to ATB.
Community College Partners
Students become eligible for the ATB track once they have been admitted to the nursing
program at our participating community college partners. Our current partners are:
Carroll Community College
Community College of Baltimore County
Frederick Community College
Harford Community College
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.
For more information about this program, contact us.