The 1st Degree nursing program is gated and admission is a two-step process. One must first be formally admitted to the University, followed by a separate admission process to the nursing program typically in the spring semester of the sophomore year. Due to course sequencing, required nursing courses begin in the fall semester only with an admitted cohort of approximately 65 students each year.
Students with an interest in nursing should declare nursing as their major upon application to the University so that they can be assigned a nursing faculty advisor in the Department for program planning purposes. Admission to the University does not guarantee acceptance into the nursing program.
Students should also 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 not be eligible for licensure as a Registered Nurse in some states including Maryland.
Each year, over 120 applications are received for approximately 65 seats in the 1st BS degree cohort, therefore selection for a seat in this program is very competitive and on a space-available basis. Applications for initial review/consideration are due on or before the deadline of February 2rd. Late applications will not be considered.
Many criteria are considered, including the following:
In recent years, the average cumulative GPA of students accepted to the 1st degree program has been in the 3.50-3.60 range and the minimum cumulative GPA of those accepted has been in the 3.20 to 3.30 range. Students should note that this information is provided to allow self-assessment for competitiveness, but the average admitted GPA will change each year, depending on the candidate pool. Having a GPA in these ranges does not guarantee admission into the program.
NOTE: Applicants who have 4 or more of the 8 required courses pending at the time of initial review will automatically be placed on the waitlist and will be reviewed upon completion of the spring semester; the updated overall GPA and science GPA for the required science courses completed will be evaluated at that time for available seats.
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.
CHEM 121 & CHEM 122 (Chemistry I & 2)
BIOL 215 & BIOL 216 (Anatomy & Physiology I & II)
BIOL 211 (Microbiology)
BIOL 217 (Nutrition)
BIOL 334 (Pathophysiology)*
*Pathophysiology must be a 4-credit course and must have a lab. If the student is unable to take this course at SU and elects to take it elsewhere including during the summer the student should contact the Nursing Dept. Administrative Assistant for a list of the approved and acceptable Pathophysiology courses offered at other institutions. Failure to follow these guidelines may result in the student having to retake the correct Pathophysiology course.
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To be considered for admission to the nursing program, applicants must fulfill the following requirements:
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Acceptance means that the applicant is selected to begin the junior-level nursing curriculum in the fall. The admission offer is conditional; that is, it is contingent upon satisfactory completion of the remaining required science/prerequisite courses noted above, maintaining a cumulative GPA of 2.75, and, that no other matter comes to the attention of the Department of Nursing Student Policies Committee that would make a student an unsuitable candidate for the major. Accepted students must return their response form promptly if they wish to accept the seat. Failure to reply promptly may lead to a student losing their seat.
Being placed on the “waitlist” means that the student meets the minimum requirements for admission but either has several pending required science grades and/or there are no seats available upon initial review of applicants. Once spring grades are posted, waitlisted applicants are reviewed for remaining seats. Grades are also reviewed after the completion of any summer term work should there be seats available. Waitlisted students must return a written response form promptly if they wish to remain on the waitlist. Failure to reply by designated deadline may lead to a student losing a seat.
Students who are denied are referred to the Henson School Advising Coordinator to discuss an academic plan in an alternative major (if currently enrolled at Salisbury University). Applicants who are denied may not reapply for subsequent cohorts.
Register for A2 Exam Eligibility ~ DO THIS FIRST
Schedule the A2 Exam
NOTE: You may only take this exam once and only the first score will be considered. Testing must be completed before the January 15th deadline. NO Exceptions.
Complete and Submit the Nursing Department Application
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Prometric Testing Sites - a complete list of sites
Application - deadline for submission is as designated above
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