Nursing - ATB

Statement of Purpose

The philosophy of the nursing program is articulated as follows:

“The Stevenson University nursing program, as an integral part of its parent institution, is dedicated to the pursuit of higher learning grounded in the arts, sciences, and humanities. The philosophy and curricular focus of the nursing program emphasizes the ethic of caring, critical thinking, and a spirit of inquiry in education, practice, service, and research. The nursing faculty believes nursing is a professional discipline with academic and practice dimensions. The nursing faculty values scholarship and academic integrity and seeks to foster professional involvement and life-long learning in students and graduates. The essence of nursing is grounded in the philosophy of caring. The nursing faculty believes that caring exists in authentic relationships through which all persons are respected and nurtured. Within these co-created relationships, caring opens the possibility of transformation, inviting growth, healing, and wholeness of persons, families, and communities. In the reflective practice of nursing and nursing education, a caring environment affirms diversity in ways of being and ways of knowing.”


Associate to Bachelor's (ATB) Degree in Nursing

The Associate to Bachelor's (ATB) option is designed for students who want to be concurrently enrolled in a community college nursing program and the ATB program at Stevenson University. Currently, Stevenson University partners with the Anne Arundel Community College (AACC), Carroll County Community College (CCC), College of Southern Maryland (CSM), Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC), and Howard County Community College (HCC). Additional ATB partnerships are being developed, refer to the website for updated partnerships. To be eligible for the ATB option, students must also be accepted to the respective community college nursing program. Interested applicants must meet all admissions criteria for both Stevenson University and the community college. Admission is a collaborative decision between Stevenson University and the community college.

Course Requirements for ATB Students

The Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing requires a minimum of 120 credit hours. The following are the major courses required for students in the ATB program. These courses must be taken at Stevenson University.

The following program requirements may be completed at another college or university and transferred to Stevenson.

  • Anatomy and Physiology I and II
  • Microbiology
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Human Growth & Development
  • Communication
  • Chemistry
  • Nutrition
  • Statistics
  • Ethics

Stevenson University Online Articulated College Transfer (SUO ACT) *

Through Stevenson University Online’s Articulated College Transfer (SUO ACT), nursing students who have earned an Associate of Arts (A.A.) or Associate of Science (A.S.) in nursing have satisfied all general education requirements for Stevenson University Online’s ATB, RN to BS, and RN to MS options. Students must complete program requirements, 30 institutional credits and 120 credits to earn the Bachelor of Science in nursing.

Stevenson University will accept a maximum of 70 transfer credits from a regionally accredited community college and 90 credits from a regionally accredited four-year institution. Please contact an enrollment counselor for further details.


Nursing Program Outcomes

Based upon the concepts of person, health, environment, nursing and facilitation of learning as identified in the philosophy of the Stevenson University nursing program, the faculty subscribes to an organizing framework in which caring is firmly established in the practice of professional nursing. Graduates will be prepared to practice professional nursing.

Upon completion of the Stevenson University baccalaureate nursing program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Integrate the concepts of caring in nursing practice in diverse health care settings across the health-illness continuum.
  2. Engage in holistic reflective nursing practice informed by the arts, sciences, and humanities.
  3. Exhibit competencies in critical thinking, communication, evidence-based decision making, scholarly inquiry and technical skills in the practice of nursing.
  4. Integrate professional competencies in the nursing roles of provider, designer, manager, and coordinator of care and participate as an active member of the profession.
  5. Assume ethical and legal responsibility and accountability in nursing practice, exemplifying the values of altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, and social justice.
  6. Apply leadership concepts, skills, and decision-making in creating caring environments to promote health and healing in individuals, families, communities, and global populations.


Nursing Program Policies

Students must achieve a grade of "C" or better in all required Stevenson nursing courses. If a student receives a "D" or "F" in any nursing course, the course must be repeated and a "C" or better must be achieved. A maximum of one nursing course may be repeated once throughout the nursing program. Students who earn a second grade of "D" or "F" in a nursing course will be automatically dismissed from the ATB program.


Requirements for the ATB option vary based on the Community College the student is attending. Please reference the Stevenson University Online website for details on individual partnerships.

Major Requirements:

ATB Admissions Criteria

Only those students who have already been accepted into the participating college’s associate degree nursing program are eligible to apply to the ATB program. Students must fulfill all requirements for the Stevenson University Bachelor’s degree as listed in the ATB program including those courses which are prerequisites for the ATB program. Students interested in this option should contact the ATB Coordinator in Stevenson University Online.

GPS 200Adult Learning Theory & Practice

3 credits

NATB 312Physical Assessment and Pathophysiology

3 credits

NATB 313Concepts of Professional Nursing Practice

4 credits

NATB 315Information Technology in Nursing and Health Care

3 credits

NATB 330Health Assessment

3 credits

NATB 414Nursing Leadership For RNs

3 credits

NATB 415Professional Seminar II

3 credits

NATB 418Nursing Research for RNs

3 credit

NATB 424Health in the Community

5 credits

NATB 434Professional Seminar III

3 credits