Associate to Bachelor’s (ATB) and Dual Admission Nursing Pathways

Nursing students tend to a patient

Are you ready for the challenges a nursing career provides? Do you want to get the best, most affordable education possible? Then the Associate to Bachelor’s (ATB) or Dual Admission Nursing Pathways may be right for you.

Set your sights beyond your associate’s degree and start mapping out your route to your bachelor’s degree in nursing. Take advantage of our Dual Enrollment partnerships with Frostburg State University (FSU), Stevenson University Online (SUO), American Public University System (APUS), or our Dual Admission agreement with University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON).

Students are guaranteed admission to these universities when students meet the selection criteria.

Once you’ve either been accepted into the CSM Nursing Program or finished your first year, you can dual enroll at one of the universities listed below.

With our Dual Enrollment partnerships, online classes are taken concurrently with FSU, SUO, or APUS during your time in the CSM Nursing Program.

  1. How do I get started? Contact Mona Weber, ATB/Dual Admissions BSN Coordinator, rvweber@csmd.edu to discuss your program plan.
  2. What are the application 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 ten 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. Courses are full semester in length.
  5. What are some of the prerequisite courses? General chemistry, CHE 1050 lecture and lab (4); A&P I and II w/ lab BIO 2070 and lab, BIO 2080 and lab (4 each); Microbiology w/ lab BIO 2010 and lab (4); Human Growth & Development, PSY 2050 (3); Statistics, MTH 1015 (3); Nutrition, BIO 2160 (3); English I, ENG 1010 (3 each); Intro to Psychology, PSY 1010 (3); Intro to Sociology, SOC 1010 (3); Art or MUS (3)
  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, have a cumulative grade point average of a 3.0 or higher and completed all of the non-nursing coursework for both schools.
  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, 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 non-nursing 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, rvweber@csmd.edu with any questions.
  11. If I have questions about my application, who do I contact? Contact Mona Weber, ATB/Dual Admissions BSN Coordinator, rvweber@csmd.edu with any questions.
  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.
  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.

  1. How do I get started? Contact Mona Weber, ATB/Dual Admissions BSN Coordinator at rvweber@csmd.edu to discuss your program plan.
  2. What are the application the deadlines? For ATB 1.0 (first semester starts), 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. For anyone applying to start the ATB program after their first semester of CSM’s nursing program, the application deadlines are published here: stevenson.edu/online/about-us/important-dates/
  3. I took courses years ago at a different college. Do any of these courses expire for this Dual Admission program? No, prior coursework do not expire (this excludes IT courses).
  4. How many nursing courses are in the program? There are eight nursing courses with one course having a clinical component. There is one Adult Learning Theory and Practice course taught by Stevenson that is required as well. Classes are eight weeks in length.
  5. What are some of the prerequisite courses? General chemistry, CHE 1050 lecture only (3); A&P I and II w/ lab BIO 2070 and lab, BIO 2080 and lab (4 each); Microbiology w/ lab BIO 2010 and lab (4); Human Growth & Development, PSY  2050(3); Statistics, MTH 1015(3); Nutrition, BIO 2160 (3); English I, ENG 1010 (3 each); Intro to Psychology, PSY 1010 (3); Intro to Sociology, SOC 1010 (3); Ethics, PHL 1410 (3)
  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. As long as you have a cumulative grade point average of a 3.0 or higher and completed all of the non nursing course requirements for the associates and bachelors degree.
  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, 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 your application is complete, you will be notified of your admissions decision within 1-2 weeks. A completed application includes an online application, all transcripts from any institution that you have attended to be sent to Stevenson and a personal statement. 
  10. If I have questions about ATB, who do I contact? Contact Mona Weber, ATB/Dual Admissions BSN Coordinator,rvweber@csmd.edu
  11. Why are hospitals encouraging nursing staff to obtain their BSN? The Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) 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. 
  12. 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.

  1. How do I get started? Contact Mona Weber, ATB/Dual Admissions BSN Coordinator, rvweber@csmd.edu to discuss your program plan. 
  2. What are the application the deadlines? American Public University System has rolling admission.  You can apply after your first nursing semester and once you have completed the non-nursing requirements for the APUS program - statistics (MTH 1015) and fourteen credits of electives.
  3. I took courses years ago at a different college. Do any of these courses expire for this Dual Admission program? Prior coursework does not expire.
  4. How many nursing courses are in the program? There are nine nursing courses with two courses having a clinical components which will take place in your area. Classes are eight weeks in length.
  5. What are some of the prerequisite courses? A&P I and II with lab, BIO 2070 and lab, BIO 2080 and lab (4 each); Microbiology w/ lab BIO 2010 and lab (4); Statistics, MTH 1015 (3); English I, ENG 1010 (3 each); Intro to Psychology, PSY 1010 (3); Intro to Sociology, SOC 1010 (3) and fourteen credit hours in electives.
  6. In which semester of my CSM nursing program am I eligible to begin the application process? As soon as you have complete your first semester in 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, 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 non-nursing 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, rvweber@csmd.edu with any questions.
  11. If I have questions about my application, who do I contact? Contact Mona Weber, ATB/Dual Admissions BSN Coordinator, rvweber@csmd.edu with any questions.
  12. Are the nursing programs at CSM and APU 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. 
  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.

Dual Admission Program

The agreement between CSM and UMSON allows students to complete UMSON courses online as "special status" students while enrolled in the CSM Nursing program.

This agreement between CSM and the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) provides a seamless transition from the Associate Degree in Nursing to the Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing (BSN) by offering UMSON nursing courses as well as providing Registered Nurses the opportunity to complete any necessary prerequisites at CSM to satisfy BSN program requirements.

Interested students should contact Mona Weber, ATB/Dual Admissions BSN Coordinator, 301-934-7638rvweber@csmd.edu, in order to obtain information about this dual admission agreement and to begin the process. 

Prerequisites: include general chemistry with lab (CHE 1200 and lab), statistics (MTH 1015), college math/algebra (MTH 1120), anatomy & physiology I & II with lab (BIO 2070 and lab, BIO 2080 and lab), microbiology with lab (BIO 2010 and lab), human growth & development (PSY 2050), nutrition (BIO 2160), English I & II (ENG 1010 and ENG 1020), intro to psych (PSY 1010), intro to sociology (SOC 1010), six credits in social sciences, nine credits in humanities, and ten credits in electives.

Students need a cumulative grade point average of a 3.0 or higher, science grade point average of a 2.75 or higher, complete all CSM and UMSON non nursing courses and be admitted into CSM's nursing program.

Total credits needed for the BSN are derived from the following breakdown:

Prerequisites completed with the associates degree 34
Outstanding prerequisites (needed to take) 25
Credits for RN licensure 30
UMSON nursing courses 31
TOTAL 120


How to Get Started

  1. Contact Mona Weber, ATB/Dual Admissions BSN Coordinator, rvweber@csmd.edu to complete eligibility form.
  2. Go online to University of Maryland, School of Nursing website and complete the application for RN to BSN. Submit transcripts, residency classification verification, application fee, and prerequisite course list.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do I get started? Contact Mona Weber, ATB/Dual Admissions BSN Coordinator, rvweber@csmd.edu to discuss the program plan. 
  2. What are the deadlines? Applicants must submit all required materials by December 1 for enrollment in the following fall semester and no later than May 1 for the following spring semester.
  3. What are the prerequisites for admission? An overall cumulative GPA (grade point average) of 3.0 and a cumulative GPA of 2.75 in sciences.  Please note that students must maintain a GPA of a 3.0 or higher while in CSM's nursing program and while taking UMSON courses.
  4. What courses are considered to determine science GPA? Microbiology with lab (BIO 2010 and lab), chemistry with lab (CHE 1200 and lab) and Anatomy & Physiology I and II (BIO 2070 with lab and BIO 2080 with lab).
  5. 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.
  6. How many nursing courses are in the RN to BSN program at UMSON? There are nine nursing courses with one course having a clinical component. Courses are 16 weeks in length.
  7. What are some of the prerequisite courses? General chemistry with lab (CHE-1200 and lab); A&P I and II w/ lab (4 each); Microbiology w/ lab (4); Human Growth & Development (3); Statistics (3); Nutrition (3); English I and II (3 each); Intro to Psychology (3); Intro to Sociology (3); either College Algebra or Calculus and Pre-calculus (3); two Social Science electives (3 credits each); three Humanities electives (3 credits each); General electives (10 credits total).
  8. In which semester of my CSM nursing program am I eligible to begin the application process with UMSON? As soon as you have been admitted to the CSM nursing program. You have to have completed the first semester (NUR 1115/L) before being eligible to take the first UMSON nursing course.
  9. 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, rvweber@csmd.edu to discuss a program plan and complete pre-requisite courses.
  10. How are the UMSON nursing courses taught? All of the UMSON nursing courses are taught online.
  11. How and when will I know if my UMSON application has been accepted and approved? Once you have completed the online application, the pre-requisite course list, and all transcripts, and you meet the required GPAs, the applicant should be notified of admission within 2-3 weeks. Application status can be checked by the student on the UMSON website. Letters of admission are mailed via USPS as well as email.
  12. If I have questions about the Dual Admission program, who do I contact? Contact Mona Weber, ATB/Dual Admissions BSN Coordinator, rvweber@csmd.edu with any questions.
  13. If I have questions about my UMSON application, who do I contact? Your point of contact is Mona Weber, ATB/Dual Admissions BSN Coordinator, rvweber@csmd.edu.
  14. Are the nursing programs at CSM and UMSON accredited? Yes, both nursing programs are fully accredited.
  15. Why are hospitals encouraging nursing staff to obtain their BSN? The Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) 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. 
  16. How long does this Dual admission 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.
  17. Will UMSON nursing courses be taught during the summer? The exact course offerings and dates add will be available when the summer schedule is on UMSON’s website for that particular semester.
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Contact Info

Mona Weber
ATB/Dual Admissions Coordinator
rvweber@csmd.edu
301-934-7638

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