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Nursing, Associate to Bachelor

Accelerate Your Nursing Education

Carroll Community College partners with several universities to allow students to take classes towards their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree while enrolled in our Nursing program.

By taking courses for your Associate of Science in Nursing degree at Carroll while at the same time pursuing Bachelor’s level coursework (including online courses) at a 4-year school, you can complete your BSN degree in as little as two semesters after graduating from our program.  

Frequently Asked Questions

You can apply to the Nursing program at Carroll after completing pre-requisite courses with a GPA of 2.50 or greater. (Visit carrollcc.edu/ATBnursing to view list of pre-requisite courses.)

An Admission Exam (NLN PAX) is also required with a score of 100.

You apply for the ATB program once you are accepted to Carroll’s nursing program. Classes can begin at the university you choose for your Bachelor’s degree during the first semester of our Nursing program.

It takes 4 semesters to complete an Associate’s degree at Carroll Community College. It could take as little as 6 months after graduating our program to complete a Bachelor’s degree.

Yes. After completion of an Associate of Science in Nursing degree, you are eligible to attempt the NCLEX-RN exam and begin practice as an RN. While working as an RN, you can then complete your coursework toward your Bachelor’s degree. While currently not required, many Maryland hospitals prefer their nurses to hold Bachelor’s degrees.

To be accepted into some of the universities, you will be required to take pre-requisite courses for Carroll’s Nursing program plus a few more required by the university. These may include chemistry, nutrition and/or statistics.

Accreditation

Carroll Community College’s Registered Nursing program is approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). For more information, contact the ACEN at 3343 Peachtree Road Suite 850, NE Atlanta, GA 30326; 404-975-5000; www.acenursing.org.

Upon graduating from Carroll’s Nursing program, students are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Partnerships

We currently have agreements for ATB in Nursing with:

  • Stevenson University
  • Towson University
  • Frostburg University
  • University of Maryland

ATB and Dual Admission RN-To-BSN Partnerships Comparison

Partnership Institution Frostburg State University Towson University Stevenson University University of Maryland
Is admission to Carroll ADN Program required? Yes Yes Yes Yes
Is a separate application to partner required? Yes. Apply online. The Carroll/FSU ATB application deadline for a Fall start is May Yes. Apply online through TU Admissions & Partnerships page. Speak to an advisor regarding application deadlines. Yes. Apply online through SU website.
Speak to an advisor regarding application deadlines.
Yes. Must meet with Carroll Nursing Advisor to confirm eligibility and submit online documentation to UMSON.

Application deadlines: Spring semester, Dec. 1 Fall semester, May 1
Admission criteria for dual admission RN-to-BSN ATB Partner 3.0 GPA for FCC ADN Program Required Courses

TEAS Score
3.0 GPA for Carroll’s ADN Program Required Courses

Minimum of 2.0 in Chemistry, Nutrition, Microbiology (grade of C or higher)
3.0 GPA for Carroll’s ADN Program

Minimum of C grade in Chemistry, Nutrition & Ethics
3.0 cumulative GPA and 2.75 Science GPA required

Must maintain 3.0 overall cumulative GPA throughout Carroll’s ADN program.
Additional course requirements: Chem 101 (Intro to Chemistry)

BIOL 220 (Nutrition)

Arts and Humanities elective (3 credits)
Chem 101 (Intro to Chemistry) BIOL 220 (Nutrition) Ethics course or health-related upper level elective AND an upper division elective (these courses will be taken during the ATB program at TU) Chem 101 (Intro to Chemistry)

BIOL 220 (Nutrition)

Ethics (PHIL105) and Adult Learning Theory and Practice (GPS 200)
General Chemistry with lab required (CHEM 105 or higher; Intro to Chemistry not accepted)

BIOL 220 (Nutrition)

9 credits of Arts and Humanities electives; higher level English course; Social Science class; College Algebra
Do additional requirements need to be completed prior to admission to ATB partnership institution? Recommended and preferred but not required. Yes. Complete prior to application and admission to Towson’s ATB. Do not need to be completed prior to applying, but recommended and preferred (Chemistry, Nutrition, and Ethics). Yes. Complete prior to application and admission to UMD’s dual enrollment program.
Total non-nursing credits required to earn BSN Minimum of 32 credits required from FSU to graduate

Must pass NCLEX-RN prior to starting NURS 491/495/496 at FSU
Minimum of 30 credits required from TU to graduate with BSN

Must complete ADN degree at Carroll prior to taking NURS 476 & 484 at TU; must pass NCLEX-RN prior to taking NURS 489 (practicum) at TU
Minimum of 30 credits required from SU to graduate with BSN

Must pass NCLEX-RN prior to taking SU NATB 424 (Health in the Community) at SU

Complete a total of 120 overall credits
Minimum of 31 credits required from UMD to graduate with BSN

Complete a total of 120 credits (awarded 30 credits for valid nursing license; 59 credits from pre-reqs)
When can RN-to-BSN courses be started? First semester of Carroll’s ADN program;

OR,

After first semester of Carroll’s ADN program;

OR,

After completion of Carroll’s ADN program (as RN-to-BSN)
First Fall semester in Carroll’s ADN program only; will take Health Assessment (NURS 349) at TU first semester;

OR,

After completion of Carroll’s ADN program (as RN-to-BSN)
First or second year of Carroll’s ADN program; if started at beginning of ADN program, will take Health Assessment (SU NATB 330) at SU firs semester After completing first semester of Carroll’s ADN program for dual admission, student is eligible to begin dual enrollment program at UMD in Spring term (eligible for NURS 450 and NURS 418);

OR,

After completion of Carroll’s ADN program
How long does it take to complete BSN Degree? 9 terms, including Winter and Summer sessions

Takes approximately 2½ years to complete
9 terms, including Winter and Summer sessions

Takes approximately 2½ years to complete
8-week classes, 10 terms including Winter and Summer (except for SU NATB 424 which is taught in a full semester)

Takes approximately 3 years to complete
Can be completed in as little as 1 semester (11 credits) after ADN degree if 20 credits have been completed during ADN program. Total of 9 classes; practicum (NURS 467) is completed after ADN degree

Carroll Community College has signed agreements with the following programs (click on each for more info):

Frostburg State University

Towson University

Stevenson University

University of Maryland

For ATB related questions, please contact:

Dr. Jennifer Fritzges, Assistant Chair Allied Health
jfritzges@carrollcc.edu

Tammy Keller, Assistant Professor Nursing
tkeller@carrollcc.edu

For general Nursing program questions, email NursingProgram@carrollcc.edu.