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THE associate of Science in Nursing Program at salem university

With our Associate of Science in Nursing degree, we can prepare you for the career that truly cares, one that makes a daily difference in people’s lives. Our goal is to teach you how to become a Registered Nurse by focusing not just on nursing skills, procedures and techniques, but also problem-solving, reasoning, and communication. Our nursing school is located at our beautiful campus in Salem, West Virginia, and offers a 22-month program for those who want to quickly and efficiently prepare to step into the healthcare field.

In our nursing program, you get the benefit of:

  • Professors with real experience who work side-by-side with students, providing individualized attention
  • Nursing suite and modern, high-tech simulation labs that offer you intensive, hands-on experience
  • A well-rounded education track that prepares you to provide excellent care to patients from all backgrounds at every age

Our 100% licensure (NCLEX) pass-rates for the past 5 years demonstrates that our nursing students are well prepared to provide safe, quality care for healthcare consumers.


Salem University’s nursing school is the best of both worlds: a focused degree program that also provides a foundation for further growth and learning.  Students benefit from our small class sizes and our unique format, which means you take one course monthly (every 4 weeks), so you can fully focus on one instructional topic at a time.

We understand how important it is for nursing students to be able to practice the skills they are learning, which is why we offer so many opportunities for hands-on experiences through modern simulation equipment and simulated scenarios like you would encounter in a hospital or clinic. In addition, our clinical affiliations with dozens of healthcare facilities and organizations allow us to offer superior clinical experiences within a high-quality hands-on environment.

Since 1888, Salem University has been dedicated to producing graduates who are true global citizens and leaders, with the deductive reasoning skills, technological proficiencies, and multicultural and international awareness to make an impact in their chosen fields.

*Please note that clinical rotations for student nurses are very time-intensive. It is very difficult to prepare for an RN while working full-time.

What You'll Take

Our Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) program includes courses such as:

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Human Nutrition
  • Social Perspectives on Health Care
  • Math for Healthcare Professionals
  • Microbiology and Pathophysiology for Nurses
  • Pharmacology and Dosage Calculation
  • Medical – Surgical Nursing
  • Advanced Medical-Surgical Nursing
  • Maternity and Neonatal Nursing
  • Mental Health Nursing
  • Pediatric Nursing
  • Nursing Capstone

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. At the end of the program, you will take a comprehensive examination which you must pass in order to graduate. After graduation, you will be able to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) to gain licensure as a registered nurse.


Career Opportunities

Nursing is a very rewarding and highly respected career, and there are many amazing benefits of becoming a registered nurse.  Nurses have one of the most versatile roles in healthcare, with increasing job availability, competitive salaries, and many opportunities for advancement and specialization.  You can choose from a variety of exciting career opportunities in a variety of settings throughout the country, such as:

  • Hospitals and outpatient care facilities
  • Specialty health clinics
  • Travel nursing companies
  • Forensics and legal nurse consulting agencies
  • Corporate-affiliated clinics and organizations
  • Medical research centers and laboratories
  • Home health and hospice care
  • Schools
  • Urgent care centers
  • Community health centers
  • And many more



Admission to Salem is open to all qualified applicants regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, or ability/disability. Anyone wishing to attend Salem can obtain the necessary application from the Office of Admissions or online from our website at The completed application should be submitted to the Office of Admissions at the earliest possible date. The University admits students on a rolling, monthly start basis. Acceptance is within the discretion of Salem University.

Transcripts: Students applying to one of Salem’s nursing programs must have their official transcripts sent to Salem from each post-secondary academic institution they have previously attended, regardless of whether or not they are wanting 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.

Note: Due to the situation regarding COVID-19, the deadline for receipt of “official” transcripts may be extended. Should a nursing student fail to receive notice from any academic institution (prior to their start date), confirming that their “official” transcript has been sent, they must contact Noel Shaver at for an appropriate extension. If students have any further concerns regarding this requirement, please contact Noel Shaver for clarification.

Salem is approved by the WV Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses and therefore meets the state’s educational requirements for professional licensure.  At this time, the university has not determined if our curriculum meets the educational requirements for any of the other 49 states for professional licensure.   Click here to find professional nursing licensure requirements for any state and jurisdiction.

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The Salem University Associate Degree in Nursing program and the Master’s Degree in Nursing program are pursuing accreditation from the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA), located at 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, 8th Floor, Washington, DC 20037; phone 202-909-2487. Interested parties are invited to submit third-party comments in writing directly to NLN CNEA, attention Dr. Teresa Shellenbarger, NLN CNEA Executive Director, no later than October 10, 2022 to

Salem’s associate of science in nursing prepares graduates for career entry as a registered nurse. It has had full accreditation by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses since April 2018. The program conforms to the requirements of the State of West Virginia 19 CSR 1, Policies, Standards and Criteria for Evaluation and Accreditation of Colleges, Departments or Schools of Nursing. The Board can be contacted via or by telephone 877.743. 6877.