At the same time you are creating your curriculum plan, discuss with your university partner(s): ATB admission criteria, the process for submitting/reviewing applications and making final admissions decisions.
Critical things to consider along with CCBC’s procedures:
Prospective ATB students may need additional prerequisite courses and higher GPAs than those applying to the ADN program only. If a standardized exam is used for admission, then a test by deadline and minimum scores should be set. Admission to ATB is contingent on admission to the ADN program. CCBC’s ATB Program recommends students have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and a TEAS score of Proficient or higher with a minimum 69% on the reading component.
Decide on your application procedures and deadlines. CCBC’s ATB program requires two applications – one to CCBC’s ADN Program and one to the partner university for ATB. The deadline for a spring program start is August 31st and for a fall start, January 31st. Students must submit official transcripts to both schools.
Determine when admission decisions to the ADN program will be complete and report acceptances to the partner university(ties). The university can then pull eligible ATB applications. Promptly schedule a joint ATB admission meeting for community college and university representatives. CCBC prepares a spreadsheet containing key information for each ATB applicant (GPAs, TEAS scores, pre-requisite courses in progress, prior college/degrees, and notes concerning academic patterns, repeated sciences) to share at the meeting. Student files with transcripts are also available for review.
Consider whether the applicant meets minimum admission criteria and the overall strength of the academic record. Select the strongest applicants for the seats available. When an ATB applicant has a pattern of withdrawing, failing and repeating courses, CCBC and the university partners feel it may be in the student’s best interest to begin the ADN program only. They are encouraged to apply for second year ATB entry once they have demonstrated success in their first year ADN courses.
When the ADN program notifies students of their acceptance to its program, a statement is included that if they applied to an ATB university, they can expect to hear the university’s decision in about two weeks. CCBC and the university partners coordinate the dates when admissions decisions will go out and when students must commit to enroll in the ADN/ATB programs. CCBC requires students to pay a seat fee when committing to the program. The fee is applied to first semester tuition.