Frequently Asked Questions

Does Towson offer an online RN to BS 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.

I prefer face-to-face courses. Is it possible to complete the entire option in-person. Is there a weekend or evening option?
While we 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.

Am I guaranteed courses in a preferred format or location?
Student preference for course format and location is not guaranteed throughout the option. Space in online sections, face-to-face sections and University sites are distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Students are required to interact with their advisor each term for permission to enroll in courses. Students actively engaged with their advisor in a timely fashion increase the likelihood of receiving preferred course sections.

Which TU locations offer face-to-face or hybrid course work?
Face-to-face courses are available at the Towson University’s main campus in Towson, Maryland and Towson University Northeast (TUNE) in Bel Air, Maryland.

If I am an international student, may I still apply?
Yes. The RN to BS application process is the same. However, international students are required to take courses in specific course formats.  Course availability in those course formats cannot be guaranteed each term. There are limited options for face-to-face nursing classes. International students should be knowledgeable on Visa requirements to ensure this option is the best fit. Please contact University Admissions for details about admission to Towson University.

May I apply if I haven’t completed all of my prerequisite courses?
Yes, applicants may apply to the RN to B.S. option before their prerequisite courses are finished. Admission would be contingent upon completion of all prerequisites before the entry semester begins. Official transcripts are required to show proof of completed prerequisites.

May I apply before I graduate from my A.S. nursing program and/or before I successfully complete the NCLEX-RN?
Yes, applicants may be admitted prior to the completion of their nursing program and pending successful completion of the NCLEX-RN. Admission to the nursing major would be contingent on the submission of an official transcript confirming nursing education and proof of successful completion of the NCLEX-RN licensure examination. NCLEX-RN licensure must be from Maryland or a compact state.

What are the number of credits required each semester and how long do I have to finish the degree?
RN to B.S. students may choose to complete the course requirements on a full-time or part-time basis. It is possible to complete the coursework in a full calendar year. From the time you begin coursework at Towson University, you have 10 years to complete the degree. Upon admission to the option, students work closely with an advisor to determine a plan of study that varies based on personal need, course offerings and space.