May 14, 2021  
2021-2022 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog

Nursing, B.S.N. RN to B.S.N. Track

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Advisement for the major is available from the School of Nursing .

There are four types of students who may seek an undergraduate degree (B.S.N.) in nursing:

  • Traditional undergraduate students (first bachelor’s degree)

  • RNs with an associate’s degree in nursing and no previous bachelor’s degree

  • RNs with an associate’s degree in nursing and an unrelated bachelor’s degree

  • Second bachelor’s degree students

Program Policies

  • The nursing program includes a General Education component, support courses in the natural and behavioral sciences and a series of upper-division nursing courses.

  • RN license is required for enrollment in all nursing theory/ clinical course pairs (NURS 430 /NURS 431 NURS 440 /NURS 441 NURS 442 /NURS 443 ) and may include NURS 490 .

  • Total Credits: at graduation must equal a minimum of 120 for B.S. in nursing from SU.

  • Total SU nursing credits must equal a minimum of 24.

  • Total SU credits at 300 level or higher must equal a minimum of 30.

Nursing Program Admission

Students with an interest in nursing should declare nursing as their major upon application to the University. Enrollment in the nursing major is a two-step admission process-admission to the University with a separate admission/approval process to begin the upper-division nursing courses. Admission to the University does not guarantee acceptance to begin the upper-division nursing courses. Students are eligible to begin the upper-division required nursing courses upon successful completion of the admission requirements and approval by the School of Nursing Student Policies Committee. Decisions regarding acceptance to begin the upper-division nursing courses occur during the spring semester prior to the start of fall of classes, usually by March 1. Due to course sequencing students must begin the upper-division nursing courses in the fall semester only. The admission requirements and priorities are listed below.​

RNs (No Previous Bachelor’s Degree)

The RN-B.S.N. program is for RN students pursuing a B.S.N. A total of 120 credits must be completed to earn a B.S.N. Upon admission to the nursing major at Salisbury University, students may receive up to 61 academic transfer credits from their associate degree program. They will therefore need to complete additional credits (as outlined below) for the B.S.N. At least 30 of the credits must be upper-division courses taken at SU. The prerequisite for enrollment in all nursing courses is an active unencumbered Maryland or compact RN license. Upon satisfactory completion of all prerequisite and required coursework, registered nurses with active unencumbered Maryland or compact RN licenses will be awarded 30 additional credits after completion of all required coursework at Salisbury University.

Additional Non-Nursing Requirements

Refer to RN-to-B.S.N. checklist for the additional non-nursing requirements. The checklist is available from the School of Nursing and on the school and University checklists website.

Maryland Articulation Agreement

A Nursing Agreement was approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission Advisory Committee and the deans and directors of baccalaureate and associate degree programs and became effective November 2017. This replaces the 2003 model. This agreement is binding upon public colleges and schools and is voluntary for private colleges and schools in Maryland.

RN to B.S.N. Articulation Model: No more than half of the baccalaureate degree, with a maximum of 70 non-nursing credits will be accepted from a community college. Nursing credits will not be transferred. However, registered nurses with an active unencumbered Maryland or compact RN license are awarded a minimum of 30 nursing credits after satisfactory completion of all course work at SU.

Transfer Credits: Under the Maryland Nursing Articulation Model, credits are awarded for transferable nursing and non-nursing courses at the college level. Vocational-technical and non-college general education courses do not transfer, subject to individual college policies. No more than half the credits for a degree can be transfer credits. - Maryland Board of Nursing Communicator,17(2) Fall 2003.

RNs (Previous, Non-Nursing Bachelor’s Degree)

An individualized program will be set up on a case-by-case basis.

Enrollment Requirements

  • Students in health care professions must meet certain requirements for regular physical examinations and provide evidence of immunity from communicable diseases in conformity with the recommendations for Health Care Workers provided by the Centers for Disease Control. These recommendations are subject to change. Details and updated requirements are available on the School of Nursing website.

  • Due to changing clinical site and agency regulations, SU students who accept admission to the nursing program will be asked to undergo one or more criminal background check and drug testing in order to participate in clinical rotations. It is the students’ responsibility to have the background checks and drug testing completed.

  • Current certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) by the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross is required. The course must be one designed for a health care provider.


This checklist is an unofficial tool for planning. Matriculated students and advisors should consult the Academic Requirements Report in GullNet before and after registering for classes each semester to track academic progress.

University Undergraduate Major Policies

  • Refer to the program page for this major and the Courses  section of this catalog for approved prerequisites and General Education courses.
  • Requirements may not equal 120 credit hours. Students must register for additional electives to complete 120 credits required for graduation.
  • All graduates must have a minimum of 30 credits of 300/400-level courses with C grade or above; at least 15 of those credits must be taken at SU.
  • Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 for graduation.
  • Students must complete at least 30 credit hours by direct classroom instruction and/or laboratory experience.
  • Students must take 30 of the last 37 credit hours at SU.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to satisfy graduation requirements. Please refer to the program page of this catalog for detailed major requirements.
  • Students must apply online for graduation by November 15 for May and by May 15 for December.

General Education Requirements

Please Note: Check Major Requirements section below for a list of General Education requirements that are fulfilled by the major.

Group I: English Composition and Literature (2 Courses)

A. C or Better in One of the Following

B. Select One Course From:

Literature course (from either ENGL or MDFL Depts.) 4 Hour(s) Credit:

  • Course:

Group II: History (2 Courses)

A. Select One Course From:

B. Select One Course From:

Group III: Humanities and Social Sciences (3 Courses)

A. Select One Course from One of the Following Seven Areas:

B. Select One Course from One of the Following Nine Areas:

C. Select One Course from Either Group IIIA or IIIB (Course must be from a different area than previously selected)

Group IV: Natural Science, Math and Computer Science (4 courses)

A. Select Courses with Laboratories from at Least Two of the Following Four Areas:

BIOL, CHEM, GEOL or Physical GEOG, PHYS 4 Hour(s) Credit:

  • Course:

  • Course:

B. Select One Course (Need Not be a Lab) from One of the Following Areas:

C. Select One Course From:

MATH 3-4 Hour(s) Credit:

  • Course:

Group V: Health Fitness (1 Course)

Major Requirements

General Education Requirements Fulfilled by Major

IVA (Lab Science), IVC (Mathematics)

RN License

Active unencumbered Maryland or compact RN license holders are awarded 30 credits after satisfactory completion of all coursework.

Complete 1 of the Following Blocks (2 or 3 Courses)

Nursing Elective Courses

Complete 6 Credits from the Following Suggested Electives

Required Related Courses

* Fulfills General Education requirements.

Electives (as Needed)

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