Advisement for the major is available from the School of Nursing
Nursing, B.S.N. Traditional Undergraduate Bachelor’s Degree Curriculum Guide (Suggested 4-Year Plan of Study)
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
The nursing program includes a General Education component, support courses in the natural and behavioral sciences and a series of upper-division nursing courses for a total of 120 semester hours.
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.
Admission to Upper-Division Courses
First Bachelor’s Degree Nursing Program
All students, including those currently enrolled at SU as well as transfer students, are considered on a competitive and space-available basis. Decisions regarding acceptance to begin upper-division nursing courses are made according to the cumulative GPA from all institutions attended, score on assessment exam and with consideration of the overall academic record. To be considered for admission to the upper division nursing courses, current and prospective students must fulfill the following requirements.
Must be admitted to Salisbury University.
All transcripts from all previous academic institutions attended must be sent to the Admissions Office.
Prior to the fall semester in which students plan to begin the upper-division coursework, they must successfully complete, or have a plan to complete, all nursing prerequisite coursework with no more than one grade lower than a C (BIOL 354 must be completed with a C).
Submit an application directly in the Centralized Application Service (CAS) by February 1 of the year they intend to enroll. Submit transcripts from all previous academic institutions attended through CAS as part of the application process before February 1 for consideration for admission into the nursing program for fall. Again, applications are considered on a competitive and space-available basis.
Register for, schedule and complete the Evolve Reach Admission Assessment Exam (A2) at a Prometrics testing center. Visit the Traditional B.S.N. Program page for more information.
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:
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 7 Areas:
B. Select One Course from One of the Following 10 Areas:
C. Select One Course from Either Group IIIA or IIIB (Course must be from a different area than previously selected)
- ART, COMM, DANC or THEA, MDFL, MUSC, PHIL, ANTH, CADR, ECON or FINA, EDFN, ENVR, Human GEOG, POSC, PSYC, SOCI 3-4 Hour(s) Credit
- HONR 112 - Issues in the Social Sciences 4 Hour(s) Credit
- HONR 211 - Issues in the Humanities 4 Hour(s) Credit
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:
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:
Group V: Health Fitness (1 Course)
General Education Requirements Fulfilled by Major
IIIB (Social Science), IVA (Lab Science), IVB (Non Lab Science), IVC (Mathematics)
General Education Requirements (6 Courses)
Additional Required/Support Courses (5 Courses)
Nursing Courses (18 Courses)
Complete the Following With Grades of C or Better: