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

Current data indicate that only a small proportion of associate degree nurses continue their education and earn a baccalaureate degree. The 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% to 80% by 2020. This is one way Towson University, Department of Nursing is helping new nurses seamlessly transition from associate-to-baccalaureate education.

The Associate-to-Bachelor's nursing track is a collaborative initiative between Towson University Department of Nursing and Maryland Community Colleges. 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 the Community College of Baltimore County (Essex and Catonsville campuses), Hagerstown Community College, Harford Community College, Cecil College, and Carroll Community College.

This accelerated year-round plan allows students dual enrollment in both the associate degree nursing program at the respective community college and the baccalaureate degree nursing program at Towson University. Successful students will earn both degrees in approximately 2.5 years of year round enrollment. This option is open to anyone who meets the minimum requirements and does not currently possess a RN license.

Admission requirements include admission to the nursing program at the selected community college partner; GPA of 3.0 or higher in the community college's required admission courses; completion of General Chemistry with lab (4 credits), Nutrition (3 credits) and Microbiology with lab (4 credits).

Students must be successful in all program courses to continue in the ATB option and are expected to complete all courses in the sequence outlined in their curriculum plan. After the awarding of the associate degree, students must successfully pass NCLEX-RN and obtain their Maryland or compact state license to complete the remaining TU courses.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact the Academic Advising Specialist Mrs. Ashley Fullwood,  or the Degree Completion Coordinator Mrs. Beth Crusse, .