Dual Enrollment /Associate to Bachelors Program

Program Overview

This dual enrollment, associate to bachelors option is available to eligible students once they are accepted to a community college nursing program.  Admission is competitive and based on completed courses and grade point average (GPA). Students will be enrolled as degree students at the community college and at FSU and begin to take FSU online courses during the nursing program at the community college. Once the Associate of Science Degree (A.S.) is awarded at the community college, students must take and pass the nursing licensure exam, the NCLEX-RN, and then continue coursework at FSU to complete the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.).

Delivery Format

Coursework occurs face-to-face at the community college.  Courses at FSU are delivered via an asynchronous study such as discussion ‘chat’ board or through a synchronous ‘virtual’ classroom.  While most of the program is online, there is a 135 practicum hour requirement that is completed in the student’s community after successful completion of the NCLEX and proof of RN licensure.  FSU offers multiple options for completing the practicum hours using both synchronous and asynchronous practices. 

Flexible Options for Students

We offer progression plans tailored to the community college to help students complete the program in a timely manner.  Students can complete the dual enrollment program in as little as 9 terms, including winter and summer sessions.  It take approximately 2 ½ years to complete.

Target Student Demographic

The curriculum is designed to decrease time to a bachelor’s degree by offering dual enrollment for students in an associate nursing program at their local community college. This program will prepare graduates to assume roles in leadership, complex clinical care coordination, and community/ public health, and serves as the academic foundation for graduate study.

Participating Community Colleges  

How do I apply?

Students applying to this dual enrollment option must also apply first to the community college Associate of Science in Nursing program.  Admission to the dual enrollment option is contingent upon admission to the community college nursing program.   Students applying for this option will complete a transfer application. Once the application is completed, forward all official transcripts to the Admissions Office. The transfer credits are reviewed and if admission criteria is met, the applicant will receive an acceptance letter from Admissions.  The application is then reviewed for acceptance into the dual enrollment nursing program by the ATB Coordinator.  If admission criteria is met, the ATB Coordinator will notify the applicant of acceptance. 

Who do I contact for additional information?

For additional information, please email nursing@frostburg.edu or call the main department phone line 301-687-4141.

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.