Associate-to-Bachelor’s (ATB) Nursing Dual Enrollment

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

  • Cecil 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.

More Information

For more information about this program, contact us.