Salem International University

Salem International University was founded in 1888 as Salem College by the Seventh Day Baptist Church.  As a private, for profit institution, Salem International University now offers associate through graduate level degrees in business, education, nursing, information technology and criminal justice.  Salem International University makes every effort to offer flexible course schedules suited to the busy professional.

Alumni of the West Virginia based university have gone on to become national and international executives, professional athletes and a state governor. A variety of clubs and athletics are available to students on campus including cheerleading, photography, videography, ministry, thrill seeking, water polo, wrestling, music, and writing.  Student government, activities and newspaper are also options in which students can be involved.

Overview of Programs, Certificates, and Degrees

  • 1 online bachelor’s degree in nursing
  • Campus based certificate and associate’s degree programs
  • Federal financial aid is available, but only to those who qualify.

Online Nursing and Health Care Degrees Review

The School of Nursing at Salem International University strives to make nursing education available and accessible to all.  Nursing programs are available from the diploma to bachelor’s degree level.  Nursing programs at the diploma and associate’s degree levels are not offered online. Key beliefs at Salem International University School of Nursing include valuing the nursing profession at all levels of expertise and becoming a lifelong learner. Caring, integrity, diversity and excellence are core concepts of the nursing programs. Salem International University uses the popular internet-based Blackboard program for classes and coursework.

Online Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing

The online RN to BSN (Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing program) offers current registered nurses the opportunity to earn their degree online.  Courses in the online bachelor’s degree program emphasize the following skills and competencies:

  • Critical, creative and reflective thinking
  • Lifelong learning
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Leadership and Management Strategies
  • Diverse client populations across the lifespan
  • Communication and Informatics
  • Health promotion, maintenance and restoration

Core Courses in the nursing program include Health Assessment, Nursing Research, Ethics, Complex Health Problems, Evidence-based Practice, Special Topics in Nursing, Community Nursing and Nursing Management and Leadership. Students submit a portfolio demonstrating comprehension of concepts learned in their course, rather than completing a practicum.

Nurses who complete the program can aspire to careers as a Clinical Nurse Specialist, Instructor, Registered Nurse, Acute Care Nurse, Advanced Practiced Psychiatric Nurse and Critical Care Nurse.

Duration and Cost

Estimated tuition is $12,700, and the course requires 120 credit hours, 60 of which are awarded upon acceptance into the program.

Things to consider:

  • Nurses who enroll in the program must be in good standing.
  • Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA in all courses to earn their degree; 2.5GPA  is considered maintaining good academic standing.
  • Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing degree program is not accredited by a nursing body.


The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central of Association of Colleges and Schools accredits the RN to BSN Nursing program.

Salem International University
223 West Main Street
Salem, West Virginia 26426