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 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 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
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
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
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact the Academic Program
Manager Ms. Charla Fowlkes, cfowlkes AT_TOWSON or the Degree Completion Coordinator Mrs. Beth Crusse, ecrusse AT_TOWSON.