ATB Frequently Asked Questions

Are you completely online?

Yes, the ATB program at FSU is completely online. There is no on-campus commitment, although graduation will take place on campus.

What are the prerequisites?

  • Freshman Composition
  • 2 Humanities electives (history, literature, language, philosophy -courses must be from 2 different areas)
  • General Chemistry I
  • Anatomy & Physiology I and II
  • Microbiology
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Nutrition
  • Statistics
  • Freshman Colloquia (or a 3 credit interdisciplinary course from a community college)
  • Advanced Colloquia (or one additional course in the General Education Program - areas cannot be duplicated)

Is there a clinical experience requirement?

Yes, students are required to perform 135 hours of clinical service while enrolled in NURS 495: an average of 9 hours per week in the clinical experience. Students complete their clinical hours while enrolled in NURS 495 Population-Focused Nursing Practice Practicum.

How do I know what courses I still need to take?

Compare your college transcripts or grade reports to the list of prerequisites above. If you need further assistance, please call (301.687.4141), e-mail (, or fax (301.687.3164) unofficial transcripts of your college coursework to the Nursing Department. Please allow two weeks for your review.

How long will the program take?

A student can obtain an Associate's to Bachelor's degree in as little as 9 semesters, including winter and summer intersessions.

Where are classes held?

The Nursing content is delivered online with synchronous 'virtual' classes scheduled for some courses to enhance understanding of the content. This means that you choose your classroom - whether it is your home, workplace, or the local library. Leadership and Human Behavior, Advanced Composition, and many electives are also offered online so students will be able to complete their coursework entirely in an online format. It is never required that you come to campus, although we welcome you at any time.

How much will it cost?

Please review a list of current tuition and fees at Frostburg State University.

ATB Program Contact:

FSU Department of Nursing

Department Location: Education and Health Science Center

For more information or to send transcripts, please use the department email at

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The baccalaureate degree in nursing and master’s degree in nursing at Frostburg State University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.