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Second Degree B.S.N.

The School of Nursing continues to accept applications for our 12 and 16-month cohorts that begin in Fall 2024. First consideration for program acceptance will be given to applicants who have submitted required application materials in their entirety by January 15 prior to the fall start

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.

The School of Nursing offers two options for completing the Second-Degree program of study. The accelerated track allows for completion over 16 months (3 traditional semesters of Fall-Spring-Fall). The new ‘fast track’ option can be completed in 12 months (Fall-Spring-Summer), which is August - August. Students accepted into this ‘fast-track’ will have an August graduation date. It is important to note that students are initially accepted to the 16-month program and must request consideration for the fast-track 12 month option at the time of accepting their seat in the program.

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.

Visit our catalog to see the requirements for this program:

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