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 work toward earning their associate’s
degree in nursing from a partner community college and a bachelor's degree from Towson
University at the same time.
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 originally designed as a way to help meet the Institute
of Medicine’s recommendation to increase the number of baccalaureate-prepared nurses
from 50% to 80% percent by 2020. Today, it continues to be a one of the ways that
Towson University’s Department of Nursing is helping new nurses seamlessly transition
from associate to baccalaureate education.
Community College Partners
Admission to the ATB option is a collaborative decision between the Towson University
Department of Nursing and the respective community college partner.
TU has ATB partnerships with the following Maryland community colleges:
The ATB option is a year-round, dual enrollment program. Dual enrollment means that
they are active students at both institutions but does not mean students are taking
courses at both insitutions each term. Students follow a set plan of study while enrolled
at both institutions through the completion of the associate degree in nursing (ADN).
After completion of the ADN and earning their RN license, students finish the remaining
requirements toward the bachelor's degree at TU.
Each plan of study was developed collaboratively between the faculty and administration
of both institutions and is based on the terms in which the student begins their associate
degree program and enters the ATB option.
Students must be successful in all program courses at both institutions in order to
progress in their plan of study and continue in the ATB option. Students are assigned
an advisor at both institutions to ensure success in completing the degree requirements
at both schools.
Start Term Options
ATB admission is offered for fall, spring, and/or summer depending on the partner.
The ATB 1.0 option offers fall or spring admission depending on the plan of study.
ATB 1.0 students typically begin dual enrollment in their first term of the ADN program.
The ATB 2.0 summer start option is available for students who want to join the ATB
option after completing one or two semesters of nursing courses at the community college.
For plans of study, the admissions requirements, and more program details, visit Admissions & Partnerships.
Students can also view the TU catalog for more information about the degree completion curriculum.
Questions? Contact us.