Grant Available for ASN Degree

Salem University is pleased to announce our New Student Success Grant! New students enrolling in our hybrid associate or our 100% online RN-BSN degree completion program at Salem University who are residents of Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, or Virginia are now eligible for our New Student Success Grant. This opportunity will reduce your cost of attendance to just $425 per credit!

Nursing is both an art and a science, a career based on compassion and the desire to better your community by serving the needs of your patients. It encompasses holistic care of individuals of all ages, in all settings, across diverse populations, and right now, the U.S. is in vital need of skilled nursing staff.

About Salem’s Online Associate Degree in Nursing Program

Nursing is a dynamic combination of art and science that is applied to meet the needs of individuals, families, and communities throughout their lifespan and along the health‑illness continuum. The associate degree in nursing program at Salem provides a comprehensive theoretical, clinical, practical, and professional preparation to arm our students with the knowledge and skills for the responsibilities of a registered professional nurse, incorporating key concepts from nursing theory.

Salem is committed to the success of our nursing students. With 100% pass rates on the NCLEX licensure examination and 100% job placement rates, our student graduates are highly appealing to prospective employers.

Salem’s associate’s degree in nursing program focuses on preparing student graduates with the knowledge and skills to address the challenges of a rapidly changing and culturally diverse healthcare environment.

Online ASN Program

The associate of science in nursing program is offered in a hybrid format with online theory classes and hands-on experiences in our state-of-the-art simulation lab with high-fidelity patient simulators combined with direct patient care in a variety of clinical settings across the health care continuum, allowing our associate degree in nursing students to work side-by-side with faculty, mentors, peers, and experienced professional nurses in healthcare facilities in preparation for nursing practice.

Our dynamic and supportive learning environment, small class sizes, experienced nursing faculty, and a wide variety of support and resources create a positive educational experience for every nursing student.

Associate degree in nursing courses follow a progressively challenging sequence to prepare students to provide quality patient care in a variety of healthcare settings and to meet the demands of the current and future nursing practice environments.

The Online ASN Program Curriculum

The Salem nursing faculty has designed the Associate of Science degree in nursing curriculum to equip students with critical thinking abilities, technical skills based on the biopsychosocial sciences, and the most current body of nursing knowledge needed for patient-centered care, teamwork, collaboration, and evidence-based practice for holistic patient care.

Our associate degree in nursing program requires the completion of 66 semester credits (10 prerequisite courses and 12 core nursing courses). The program can be completed in just 22 months. However, we recognize that every student is different and has different circumstances. Please contact one of our admissions advisors to discuss your specific questions and goals and to learn more about our admission requirements.

A 3-day live NCLEX-RN review and a personal virtual mentor who works with students one-on-one are provided to help our students prepare for the NCLEX-RN licensure examination.

Online Nursing Courses

Salem’s one-course-per-month delivery allows students to focus on completing their associate degree in nursing courses without having simultaneous competing demands on their time. There are 10 prerequisite courses, 12 core nursing courses and a final capstone course which allows students to internalize and integrate the educational experience with guidance from professional nurses. The preceptorship experiences are selected specifically to support each student’s area of interest and expand learning.

Admission to the Core Nursing Courses

To be considered for progression to the core nursing courses, students must:

  • Have completed all required prerequisite general education courses with a grade of “C” or higher.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 from all college-level courses. This includes Salem and all previous post-secondary academic institutions.
  • Complete the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) examination (with scores at or above the minimum requirement).
  • Submit all health and other requirements for clinical experiences. Please contact the nursing office for information regarding these requirements.


Students applying to one of Salem’s nursing programs must send their official transcripts from each post-secondary academic institution they have previously attended to Salem, regardless of whether they want to transfer any courses. All official transcripts must be received by the end of the student’s first course, or the student will be administratively dropped from the nursing program.

To graduate from the Associate Degree in Nursing program (ASN Program), the student must have an overall cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher for all courses and pass a comprehensive examination. In order to be admitted to the core nursing courses, students must have completed a minimum of 66 credit hours. After graduation, students will be able to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) to gain licensure as a registered nurse.

Frequently Asked Questions

With Your Associate Degree in Nursing from Salem University, You’ll Possess an Outstanding Competitive Edge for Nursing Practice Upon Graduation and Licensure.

Take the Next Step

If you’re interested in getting started on your degree from Salem University, request more information by filling out a quick form or start a live chat with us today!

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