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Second Degree BS in Nursing


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Second Degree Curriculum Guide (pdf)

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The Department of Nursing offers a Second Degree bachelor's program for non-nursing college graduates leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.  The curriculum, acknowledging the education, career and life experiences of the individual requires fewer pre-requisites for the nursing courses than the basic baccalaureate nursing program of study.  Students may complete the second bachelor's degree in three semesters of full-time study. 

Licensure as a registered nurse requires application to the State Board of Nursing to take the National Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN), documentation of completion of the nursing program, payment of a fee and a criminal background check.

Students entering the nursing program are required to meet physical and psychological requirements as outlined in the Salisbury University Department of Nursing - "Fit for Duty" Verification form.  Please see the health and enrollment requirements page, for further details and access to the form.  Students should be aware that drug testing and background checks are commonly required by clinical agencies. Students who have been convicted of a felony or have pled nolo contendere to a felony or to a crime involving moral turpitude, may not be eligible for some clinical placements and may be unable to complete program requirements. Likewise they may be ineligible for licensure as a Registered Nurse in some states including Maryland.

Clinical placements are in various locations and students are required to make individual travel arrangements.

Second Degree program graduates are encouraged to continue their nursing education in the graduate program.  The graduate program offers a nurse educator track, a health care leadership track, and the doctor of nursing practice program for healthcare leaders and family nurse practitioners.

To be eligible for admission to the Second Degree program, students must have completed a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. Students from all majors (including diploma or associate degree-prepared registered nurses with a baccalaureate degree in a non-nursing major) are eligible to enroll.  In addition, registered nurses with a diploma or associate degree plus a baccalaureate degree in a non-nursing major are eligible to enroll.

Faculty advisors assist prospective students to assess their learning needs and identify independent learning resources available to them through the University. The prerequisite courses are available at Salisbury University; however, it is not mandatory for them to be taken at SU.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Second Degree Program

Admissions Requirements

Applicants for admission to the Second Degree program must first meet all University requirements and be admitted to the University by the Admissions Office.  Once admitted to the University, applications are reviewed by the Department of Nursing for admission to the Second Degree program.  Admission is competitive and is based on evaluation of the applicant's overall qualifications.

To be eligible for admission to the Second Degree program, students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative grade point average for previous academic work of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. 
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in the English language if an international student. Additional Salisbury University requirements for admission of international students must be met.  All international applications will be reviewed by a University International Student Admissions Counselor, currently Agata Liszkowska who can be reached by email at:
  3. Proof of completion of academic coursework with a grade of "C" or higher in:  basic statistics, microbiology, anatomy and physiology I and II (all body systems), chemistry or physics and pathophysiology.  All prerequisite requirements must be completed no later than one month prior to the first day of class (Failure to do so may result in losing your seat in the class).  Students with grades below "C" in any prerequisite courses will be ineligible for admission into the second degree program.
  4. Ordinarily, students who have not been successful or who have been dismissed from a nursing program at another college/university are not considered for admission to Salisbury University's nursing program.

Application Requirements

Applicants to the Second Degree program must:

  1. Submit to the Salisbury University Admissions Office:
  2. Submit to Department of Nursing, Director of Graduate and Second Degree Programs, IN ONE PACKAGE WITH ALL OF THE DOCUMENTS BELOW INCLUDED:
    • The Application for Second Degree Program in the Department of Nursing.  The form can be obtained by clicking  Application Packet  .
    • A 1-2 page typed narrative of educational and professional goals.
    • A current resume or curriculum vita.
    • Any OFFICIAL transcripts from the first bachelor's degree and any other academic course work. NOTE: Transcripts must be official transcripts in sealed envelopes. These official transcripts will be copied by the Department of Nursing and original copies sent to the Admissions Office.
    • TWO academic and/or professional recommendations (on the forms provided in the Application Packet) addressing potential for nursing study. Each recommendation MUST BE SEALED IN AN ENVELOPE AND SIGNED ACROSS THE SEAL BY THE PERSON MAKING THE RECOMMENDATION.

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