CCBC partners with four-year universities to expand Associate-to-Bachelor’s Nursing degree option

Feb 12, 2015 | by Hope Davis | 443.840.5053 (office) | 443.840.5560 (cell)

Information sessions scheduled Feb. 17, 18 and March 3, 9

Baltimore County, MD – The opportunity for Community College of Baltimore County Nursing students to earn their bachelor’s degrees has gotten a little easier thanks to the expansion of the Associate to Bachelor’s Nursing degree option.

Initially developed by CCBC and Towson University, the ATB Nursing option has expanded to include three additional universities: Frostburg State University, Notre Dame of Maryland University and Stevenson University. CCBC Nursing students accepted into the ATB track can begin bachelor’s coursework at one of the partner institutions while working on their associate degrees at CCBC.

With the Institute of Medicine setting a goal of 80 percent of nurses being bachelor’s prepared by 2020, we needed to look for ways to assure our students are on that path,” said CCBC President Sandra Kurtinitis. “As one of the largest providers of health care education in Maryland, it makes sense for us to work with our four-year institutions to help meet this goal.”

To be eligible, students must first be accepted into CCBC’s Nursing program, have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and successfully complete a specified list of required courses. Students can complete the ATB Nursing option in 9-10 terms, including winter and summer, with the typical student having to complete only two to three terms after earning an associate degree. Depending on the institution, classes are taught both online and face-to-face, with some of the partnering institutions offering discounts to ATB-enrolled students.

“There are so many benefits to this partnership,” expressed President Kurtinitis. “It’s good for the students, good for our colleges and good for our health care system. We can educate nurses in less time and, for the student, less cost.”

To learn more about the ATB Nursing option, attend one of the upcoming information sessions or email

CCBC Essex
5 – 6 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 17, Student Services Building, Room 103
5 – 6 p.m., Tuesday, Mar. 3, Student Services Building, Room 103

CCBC Catonsville
5 – 6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 18, Student Services Building, Room 004
5 – 6 p.m., Monday, Mar. 9, Student Services Building, Room 004


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