Second Degree BS in Nursing
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 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.
Second Degree program graduates are encouraged to continue their nursing
education in the graduate program. The graduate program offers a family
nurse practitioner track, a health care leadership track, and
a clinical nurse educator track.
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
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
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, applicants 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
To be eligible for admission to the Second Degree program, students
must meet the following requirements:
- 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. Applicants with
a cumulative GPA between 2.75 and 3.0 may be considered for provision
admission. Students admitted provisionally are required to achieve
a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 on the first 15 credits of course work.
- 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Demonstrate mastery of the following subjects:
basic statistics, microbiology, anatomy and physiology I and II (all
body systems), chemistry or physics and pathophysiology.
Mastery may be established by earning academic credit for course work,
by successfully challenging a department exam given for the course, or
by successfully passing a standardized test in the specific area of
study. 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.)
Applicants to the Second Degree program must:
- Submit to the Salisbury University Admissions Office:
- Submit to Department of Nursing, Director of Graduate
and Second Degree Programs, IN ONE PACKAGE WITH ALL OF THE DOCUMENTS BELOW
- The Application for Second Degree
Program in the Department of
Nursing. The form can be obtained by
- 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
potential for nursing study. Each recommendation MUST
BE SEALED IN AN ENVELOPE AND SIGNED ACROSS THE SEAL BY THE PERSON
MAKING THE RECOMMENDATION.