Dual Enrollment and Academic Progression

Harford Community College’s nursing program offers dual enrollment options which allow nursing students to take courses toward a Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) degree while they are enrolled in the Associate degree nursing program at HCC.

These options give nursing students a head start on the attainment of a BSN and can decrease completion time!

Current Articulations:

  • Towson University ATB option
  • Frostburg State University ATB option
  • University of MD School of Nursing Dual Admission 

Resources:

Towson-HCC ATB Information Sheet, Towson-HCC ATB 2.0 Information Sheet

Frostburg-HCC ATB Information Sheet, Frostburg-HCC ATB 2.0 Information Sheet

UMSON Dual Admission Information Sheet

Application deadlines: You must first be admitted to the nursing program at HCC to apply.

  • November 9: Spring ATB application deadline for Towson University and Frostburg State University
  • April 1: Summer ATB 2.0* application deadline for Towson University and Frostburg State University
  • May 1: Fall ATB application deadline for Towson University and Frostburg State University
  • Rolling admissions: Once accepted to HCC's nursing program, students may apply at any point to UMSON's Dual Admission option

*ATB 2.0 option is for currently enrolled nursing students only.  This allows nursing students the opportunity to join after the completion of their 1st or 2nd semester of the nursing program.

"Meet & Greet" with University partners:

To learn more about the available dual enrollment options, please consider attending one of the following "Meet & Greet" sessions. No registration is required.  University representatives will be available to answer questions and assist you in completing their online application.  See flyer for more information.

  • April 15, 2020, 3:00pm - 4:30pm in Darlington Hall, room 129 (computer lab)
  • April 16, 2020, 3:00pm - 4:30pm in Darlington Hall, room 129 (computer lab)

Contact Dale Spielman for information regarding Meet & Greets: dspielman@harford.edu, 443-412-2371.


The Academic Progression Coordinator in the nursing department is available to assist nursing students interested in dual enrollment, as well as provide information to all students and alumni on other opportunities for seamless academic progression.

Nursing Student Leadership Workshop

Students attending the "Nursing Student Leadership Workshop" on April 14, 2017 participated in a panel discussion with nursing graduates which was moderated by Donna Meyer MSN, RN, ANEF, FAADN (CEO of the Organization for Associate Degree Nursing).

Professional Development Opportunities

One of the core concepts of Harford Community College's nursing program is professional practice: "The nurse is personally accountable, and practices within legal, ethical, and regulatory frameworks. The goals of professional practice are to maintain competence with continual learning and maintain a professional image that reflects a core of professional values: respect, confidence, trust, responsiveness, integrity, and compassion" (from the Nursing Student Handbook).

In congruence with this core concept, nursing students at Harford Community College are given the opportunity to attend professional nursing conferences and workshops. Attendance is sponsored through the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) Nurse Support Program II (NSP II). The goal is to increase an understanding of the importance of lifelong learning and academic progression to professional practice. While attending these events, nursing students are able to network with nursing professionals, potential employers, representatives from universities, and student peers.

  • Maryland Nurses Association (MNA) Annual Convention: 158 nursing students from Harford Community College and Cecil College attended on October 13th, 2016. Students were asked to rate their experience through a survey. See the results of the survey here.
  • Maryland Association of Nursing Students (MANS) Annual Convention: 23 students from Harford Community College attended on March 18, 2017. Students were asked to rate their experience through a survey. See the results of the survey here.
  • Nursing Student Leadership Annual Workshops: 94 nursing students from Harford Community College, Cecil College, and other MD community colleges attended the inaugural workshop on April 14, 2017. Students were asked to rate their experience through a survey. See the results of the survey here.

Learn what some of the students had to say about their experience at these events by reading quotes from the open-ended portion of the surveys here.

Professional development opportunities are sponsored by the Maryland Higher Education Commission Nurse Support II program (NSP II grant 16-111). Find out more about MHEC's NSP II program here.

Resources on Academic Progression

List of current HCC articulation agreements

Comparison chart

American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)

Resources for students

Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (OADN)

Taking the Next Step in your Nursing Education

National Education Progression in Nursing (NEPIN)

Academic Progression in Nursing report

Nursing Alumni

A survey was sent to nursing Alumni who graduated from HCC's nursing program between 2013-2016. A total of 116 people responded to the survey. You can see the results of the survey here

Contact information:

Dale Spielman, MSN, RNC-OB, CNE

Phone: 443-412-2371

Email: Dspielman@harford.edu


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