Degree Completion Options
RN Articulation Model
The Department of Nursing participates in a statewide RN articulation model. No more than half of the baccalaureate degree, with a maximum of 60 non-nursing units, will be accepted at Towson from a community college. Nursing units will not be transferred. However, individuals with an active unencumbered Maryland or compact RN license articulating to the baccalaureate level are awarded a minimum of 30 upper-division nursing units in the program.
The minimum number of units that must be completed at Towson is 30; this may vary depending on the number of credits transferred from the community college. To ensure successful progress through the Nursing major, students must complete prerequisite courses: General Chemistry, Nutrition and Microbiology. If these courses were not part of the associate degree, they must be completed prior to full acceptance into the Nursing major—which could add additional units to the program. A statistics course is needed prior to enrolling in NURS 435. In addition an Ethics course is a Towson University requirement and will need to be completed before being awarded a bachelor’s degree from Towson University.
Registered Nurse To Bachelor Of Science Option (RN-to-BS)
To be eligible for admission, students must have graduated from a state-approved diploma or associate degree nursing program and be licensed as a registered nurse in Maryland or a compact state. Recent graduates may be admitted pending successful completion of the NCLEX-RN. Students applying for admission to the Nursing major must either have been admitted to the university or be currently seeking admission to the university.
Students interested in this option should contact the Academic Advising Specialist or the Degree Completion Coordinator.
Eligibility and Screening
Admission to this option is determined by the Towson University Department of Nursing. RN students are required to have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 on a 4.00 scale. Only one grade below a grade equivalent of 2.00 is allowed in the non-nursing courses required for the option.
Associate To Bachelor Degree Otion (ATB )
The ATB option is an undergraduate-level year-round option designed for students dually enrolled in Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC Essex or Catonsville), Hagerstown Community College, Harford Community College, Cecil College or Carroll Community College’s nursing programs. Eligible students are recruited from those already accepted to the respective community college nursing program. Students interested in this option should contact the Academic Advising Specialist or the Degree Completion Coordinator.
Eligibility and Screening
Admission to this option is a collaborative decision between the Towson University Department of Nursing and the respective community college. Prospective students in the ATB option are required to have a minimum GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale in the community college’s required admission courses.