Salisbury University Nursing School Review
Salisbury University (SU) opened as a two year college in 1925. In 1935, it was given the authorization to award bachelor’s degrees, and it began awarding master’s degrees in 1962.
SU is a member of the University System of Maryland, and currently enrolls over 6200 students in 60 degree programs.
BS in Nursing
This program is for students who want to become professional nurses and do not already have a bachelor’s degree. Students are admitted into this program during the fall semester of their junior year. Graduates of the program are able to sit for the Registered Nurse (RN) licensing exam.
Students interested in this program must first be admitted to SU and take their support courses with a grade of C or better. These classes may be taken at SU or at another school. Students may apply for admission to the nursing program in the spring semester of their sophomore year. They will need to take the A2 Admission Exam and submit any transcripts from other schools.
The support courses for this program are Chemistry I and II, Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Nutrition, Pathophysiology, Microbiology and Developmental Psychology.
Second Degree BS in Nursing
Students who already have a bachelor’s degree in a subject other than nursing may apply for this program. This program takes three semesters of full time study to complete.
To apply, students must have a bachelor’s degree and a GPA of at least 3.0. They must also show mastery in microbiology, basic statistics, chemistry or physics, anatomy and physiology I and II, and pathophysiology. This is done by either having taken these courses, by taking a challenge exam, or by passing a standardized test on the subject. They will also need to submit an essay about their professional and educational goals, a resume, their transcripts, and two recommendation letters.
RN to BS in Nursing
Students with an RN license that have graduated from an accredited associate or diploma in nursing program may apply to this program.
Students will receive 30 credits for their active RN license, and may transfer up to 60 credits from their previous nursing studies. They will have to take at least 30 credits at SU to be able to graduate.
To apply, students must be accepted to the University, submit official transcripts, show proof of RN license, have a resume, a statement of professional and academic goals, two reference letters, and meet the CPR and health requirements of the department.
RN to Master of Science (MS) in Nursing
This program allows students with an RN license who graduated from an associate degree in nursing program to pursue both a BS and an MS in nursing. This program streamlines the process by allowing the student to skip 9 to 12 credits of classes taken in the traditional BS and MS programs. Students will choose one of the MS specialty tracks listed below.
Students admitted to this program may receive up to 60 credits transferred from their prior studies. They will also receive 30 credits for their RN license.
To apply, students must be accepted to the University, submit official transcripts, have a GPA of at least 3.0, show proof of RN license, have a resume, a statement of professional and academic goals, two reference letters, meet the CPR and health requirements of the department, and have an interview.
MS in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner
Students who graduate from this program are eligible to take the Family Nurse Practitioner certification exam. This program requires 45 credit hours and 600 clinical hours to complete. Students should note that not every course is taught every semester, and should plan their schedule accordingly.
To apply to this program, students must have graduated from an accredited BS in Nursing program, submit official transcripts, and have a GPA of at least 3.0. They must also show proof of RN license, have a resume, a statement of professional and academic goals, two reference letters, and have an interview.
MS in Nursing, Health Care Leadership
This program prepares nurses to assume leadership positions in health care settings. Graduates will complete 36 credits and be allowed to take the Advanced Nursing Administration certification exam. This program is only offered in the fall semester when there is a cohort of at least 10 students.
Classes for this specialty track are offered on a rotating basis and will not be available every semester.
Applicants to this program must have graduated from an accredited BS in Nursing program, submit official transcripts, and have a GPA of at least 3.0. They must also show proof of RN license, have a resume, a statement of professional and academic goals, two reference letters, and have an interview.
MS in Nursing, Clinical Nurse Educator
This program prepares nurses to become faculty at colleges or health care settings. To graduate, students will take 37 credits of classes. Graduates may take the certification exam for Certified Nurse Educator (CNE). Because the classes for this program are not offered every semester, students will need to plan their schedules carefully.
Students applying to this program must have graduated from an accredited BS in Nursing program, submit official transcripts, and have a GPA of at least 3.0. They must also show proof of RN license, have a resume, a statement of professional and academic goals, two reference letters, and have an interview.
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
This program trains nurses with advanced practice skills to manage complex healthcare needs. This program requires 38 credits to complete. The program is designed for the working nurse, and generally takes three years to complete.
Applicants need to apply to the University, submit transcripts, have an MS in Nursing degree, hold a current RN license, have or be eligible for an Advanced Practice role, have a GPA of at least 3.5 in their graduate program, have a current CPR certification, a resume, three letters of recommendation, an essay about personal goals and why they are pursuing a DNP, be proficient in English, and have an interview. They will also need to have a B or better in the prerequisites of Statistics, Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, and Physical Health Assessment.
Eastern Shore Faculty Academy and Mentorship Initiative (ES-FAMI)
This program is dedicated to preparing RNs to become clinical nursing faculty. This program is for BS and MS degree holders, and is 30 contact hours. Students will participate in online and classroom sessions, mentoring workshops, and simulated classroom settings. This program is offered in partnership between SU, Chesapeake College, and Sojourner-Douglass College.
To apply, students must submit an application, resume, official transcripts, proof of their RN license, and two recommendation letters.
1101 Camden Avenue,
Salisbury, MD 21801