Second Degree B.S.N.

The School of Nursing offers a second degree bachelor's program for non-nursing college graduates leading to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N). The curriculum – acknowledging the education, career and life experiences of the individual – requires fewer prerequisites 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.

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 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.

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 School of Nursing - "Fit for Duty" Technical Standards 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. See "Notice of Possible Implications of Criminal Convictions"

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

Frequently Asked Questions about the Second Degree Program

Second Bachelor's Degree Checklist (pdf)