Master of Science (Nursing)
The Department of Nursing at Salisbury University provides a
rigorous, science-based program to prepare graduates with
advanced skills who wish to become nurse educators or move into
Taught by distinguished full-time faculty who practice what they
teach, most classes are
offered in the evenings, using a combination of distance
accessible and face-to-face meetings. Close student-faculty
working relationships are fostered through a highly interactive
learning environment. Faculty advisors assist each student with
designing a personalized progression plan, incorporating
learning experiences that are consistent with student interests
and learning goals.
Full-time students can earn their degree in approximately two
years, and part-time study options are available as well.
Graduates of Salisbury University’s Master’s program are
in demand and valued for their expertise and professional
contributions. Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate
Nursing Education, SU is proud to have educated many of the
nursing leaders of the mid-Atlantic region, and maintains
professional relationships with our nursing alumni.
Core Graduate Nursing Courses:
All graduate nursing students must complete a core of courses
that prepares them for evidence-based advanced nursing practice.
Core courses include epidemiology, qualitative and quantitative
research, applied statistics, and completion of a
Nurse Educator (NE) Option
The NE track prepares graduate nurses to become educators in
colleges, universities and other health care settings. In
addition to the core courses, students in this track take
advanced pathophysiology, advanced health assessment,
pharmacotherapeutics, college teaching, technology use in health
care education, and a clinical nurse educator practicum.
Graduates of this track are eligible to take
the National League for Nursing (NLN) Certified Nurse Educator
Health Care Leadership Option
(offered only when a
group of 10 students have been admitted).
Curriculum under revision; please check back with us later.
RN to Master’s Option
Designed for eligible RN students who do not have a bachelor’s
degree, and wish to pursue a Master’s degree directly from an
Associate’s Degree in Nursing. Students in this streamlined
option are eligible to apply for the Nurse Educator or
Health Care Leadership option (if available) after completing the required
baccalaureate credits. For more information visit
Family Nurse Practitioner Option-no
longer available at the Master’s level.
Applications for the
Post-BS-DNP Program Family Nurse Practitioner Option are
accepted. New students will begin classes
in August 2014
. Scroll down for more information.
Admission to the Master’s program requires acceptance to the
University for graduate study, as well as acceptance into the
Master of Science (Nursing) Program. Admission to the program is
a competitive process, and the following required items will be
considered individually as the final applicant selections are
All M.S. degree applicants will be interviewed by the Graduate
Program Director, Department Chair, or members of the Graduate
Program Committee. Clinical experience is not required but
students are encouraged to work in professional nursing roles
during summers and semester breaks.
After acceptance into the nursing program and prior to beginning
any courses, students must:
Department of Nursing health requirements.
Provide evidence of current CPR certification, and evidence
of current RN license in Maryland or state where you are
Provide a 2x2" passport photo for their permanent department
Graduate Nursing Curriculum Guides:
Course Offering Rotation:
Application Materials for Master's Program:
Salisbury University is currently in the process
of transitioning the Master's FNP track into the
Post-BS-DNP track for FNP's.
We are no longer accepting
applications for the Master's FNP track, but will be
accepting applications for the Post-BS-DNP Program in
August 2013. Students may begin classes in
Post-BS-DNP for Family
Nurse Practitioner Students
In addition to
the core Master's and Doctoral courses, students
will complete courses in:
Graduates will be eligible to take the
certification exams offered by the American
Nurses' Credentialing Center and the American
Academy of Nurses Practitioners.
- Advanced Human Physiology
- Advanced Health Assessment
- Family Nursing
- Adult Health Care Management
- Women's and Children's Health Care Management
- Issues in Advanced Nursing Practice
Admission to the BS-Doctor of
Nursing Practice program requires acceptance to the
University for Graduate Study, as well as acceptance
into the BS-DNP Program. Admission to the BS-DNP program
is a competitive process, and the following required
items will be considered individually as the final
applicant selections are made.
- BS in Nursing
from a nationally accredited program
≥ 3.50 (on a 4.0
scale) are given first
GPA 3.0-3.49 may be
considered on an
Proof of successful
completion of Statistics
and Research within last
5 years (minimum grade
of "C" required).
- Current and
active United States Registered Nursing
transcripts from all colleges and
- GRE - Analytical
Writing (minimum 3.5/6.0)
- Current CPR
Certification for healthcare providers
- Current resume or
- Three academic or
professional references/letters of
recommendation (This requirement is
waived for SU graduates with cumulative
undergraduate GPA ≥
- A 500 to
1,000-word essay outlining why the DNP
is important to the applicant, and how
it is consistent with their academic and
professional goals and objectives
Residency/Domicile Information form (for
those students applying for in-state
required of international students:
Please consult the Center for
International Education at (http://www.salisbury.edu/intled/ISS/admissions/)
- International Students: Proficiency in
spoken and written English with the
following minimum TOEFL scores: 550 for the paper-based examination,
for the internet-based examination
All BS-DNP applicants will be interviewed
by the Graduate Program Director, Department Chair, or members
of the Graduate Program Committee. Clinical experience is
not required for the BS-DNP, but students are encouraged to work
in professional nursing roles during summers and semester
After acceptance into
the nursing program and prior to beginning any courses students
Department of Nursing health requirements.
Provide evidence of current CPR
certification, and evidence of current RN license in
Maryland or state where you are practicing.
Provide a 2x2" passport photo for
their permanent department file.
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