ATB Nursing Pathway with Frostburg State University

Contact Info

  • For more information contact:

    Mona Weber
    ATB/Dual Admissions Coordinator

Frequently Asked Questions for the Frostburg University ATB Nursing Pathway

  1. How do I get started?  Contact Mona Weber, ATB/Dual Admissions BSN Coordinator, 301-934-7638, rvweber@csmd.edu to discuss the program plan. Current Registered nurses apply to the College of Southern Maryland at csmd.edu/apply-register/ and at the same time apply to Frostburg State University at frostburg.edu
  2. What are the application the deadlines?  Applicants must submit all required materials by June 15 for enrollment in the following fall semester and no later than November 15 for the  spring semester.
  3. I took courses years ago at a different college. Do any of these courses expire for this Dual Admission program? For applicants of the RN to BSN program, prior coursework does not expire.
  4. How many nursing courses are in the program? There are nine nursing courses with one course having a clinical component which will take place in your area. There is one upper level nursing elective, Management – Leadership and Human Behavior and an upper level English writing course taught by Frostburg State University that are required as well.
  5. What are some of the prerequisite courses? General chemistry and lab (4); A&P I and II w/ lab (4 each); Microbiology w/ lab (4); Human Growth & Development (3); Statistics (3); Nutrition (3); English I (3); Intro to Psychology(3); Intro to Sociology(3); Fine and Performing Arts (3); Humanities (6 credits in two different disciplines).
  6. In which semester of my CSM nursing program am I eligible to begin the application process? As soon as you have been admitted to the CSM nursing program.
  7. I am a CSM student, but not in the nursing program yet. Can I apply to the Dual Admission program? You must be admitted to the nursing program at CSM. However, you can still meet with Mona Weber, ATB/Dual Admissions BSN Coordinator, 301-934-7638, rvweber@csmd.edu to discuss a program plan and complete pre-requisite courses.
  8. How are the nursing courses taught? All of the nursing courses are online. In addition students can complete other course requirements either face to face or completely online at CSM.
  9. How and when will I know if my application has been accepted and approved for enrollment as a special student? Once you have completed the online application, presented the University with official transcripts from all of your schooling and have met the required cumulative grade point average of a 3.0 or higher, the applicant will be notified of admission within 2-3 weeks.
  10. If I have questions about the ATB, who do I contact? Contact Mona Weber, ATB/Dual Admissions BSN Coordinator, 301-934-7638, rvweber@csmd.edu with any questions.
  11. If I have questions about my application, who do I contact? Your point of contact at Frostburg State University is Dan Saunders, RN to BSN Associate’s to Bachelor’s (ATB) Coordinator, 301-687-3418, drsaunders@frostburg.edu
  12. Are the nursing programs at CSM and Frostburg State University accredited? Both nursing programs are fully accredited.
  13. Why are hospitals encouraging nursing staff to obtain their BSN?  The Institute of Medicine’s report on the future of nursing states that nurses should achieve a higher level of education and training through an improved education system that promotes a seamless academic progression. The IOMs recommendation is to increase the proportion of Registered Nurses with a BSN from 50% to 80% by the year 2020.
  14. How long does the ATB program take in order to obtain my BSN? This will vary for every student and will depend on the number and nature of prerequisite courses needed, how many courses individuals will be able to take each semester and the schedule of course offerings.