Bachelor of Science (RN-BSN Program)

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"Salem's RN to BSN program is perfect for a working RN interested in continuing their education. The education was excellent and allowed me to gain the knowledge and confidence needed to be successful as a BSN."
~ Lisa Galford

Grant Available for RN to BSN Online Program

Salem University is pleased to announce our New Student Success Grant! New students enrolling in our 100% online or on campus associate and/or bachelor’s degree programs 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!

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The RN-BSN degree completion program at Salem University picks up where your experience and RN licensure left off, giving you the critical, creative, and reflective thinking skills you need that could take your career to the next level.

The demand for nurses with a BSN degree is on the rise as many hospitals and other health care agencies around the country are requiring their nurses to hold a bachelor’s degree in nursing.



It’s no secret that nurses are one of the most critical, vital components of the modern health care system. If you’re a licensed Registered Nurse who’s been wanting to expand your opportunities for growth in the nursing field, it might be time to look into the RN-to-BSN degree program at Salem University. We take your previous education and, more importantly, your experience and provide you with the critical, creative, and reflective thinking skills that will open new doors and paths for success. Our BSN program is: 

  • Designed by nurses for nurses, with a focus on the needs, experiences, and activities you’ll need on the job 
  • Fully online, from start to finish, so you can make classes work on your schedule 
  • Accessible by computer, tablet, smartphone, or anywhere where you can connect to the Internet, so your classes go where you go 

You can complete your online BSN degree in as few as 10 months, including a final capstone project that lets you take the concepts you’ve been learning and apply them in the nursing environment, demonstrating your development, values, competence, and critical thinking. Salem’s School of Nursing is committed to graduating highly competent practitioners who are dedicated to rigorous assessment, lifelong learning, and compassionate human care, all within a climate of diversity. 

Why Salem University for RN to BSN

Like other programs at Salem University, our BSN program benefits from both our long history in the field of higher education and our commitment to being a part of the future of learning. This fully online degree includes:  

  • Experienced faculty who provide personalized attention
  • A support advisor focused on strategies to help you reach your educational goals 
  • A whole team of academic and financial advisers  
  • Twenty-four access to an online library, as well as tutoring services and access to Student Advancement & Success strategies in areas like time management, test-taking, and stress reduction 

We also offer an innovative structure of one course per month so that you can dedicate yourself to a single subject instead of trying to keep track of multiple classes at once. Salem’s RN-to-BSN degree program is accredited by National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (CNEA). 

RN to BSN Degree Courses 

In our RN-to-BSN degree program, you’ll cover topics like: 

  • Professional Role Transition 
  • Health Assessment 
  • Nursing Research
  • Legal & Ethical Issues in Nursing and Health Care 
  • Complex Health Problems 
  • Evidence-Based Practice 
  • Special Topics/Problems in Nursing 
  • Nursing Leadership & Management 
  • Community Health Nursing 

BSN Career Opportunities 

With a BSN degree, you can expand your career options to include: 

  • Critical Care Nurse 
  • Cardiovascular Nurse 
  • Orthopedic Nurse 
  • Nurse Administrator 
  • Nurse Educator 
  • Public Health Nurse 

Completing a BSN program can also prepare you to take graduate-level studies with the goal of becoming a nurse practitioner. 

Admission Requiriements 

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 here. 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; some programs have additional admissions requirements.  

Additional Requirements Prior to Enrollment:  

  • An associate degree in nursing from an accredited institution recognized by the Department of Education. 
  • A cumulative GPA of at least 2.5. 
  • A current, unrestricted RN license in United States. 
  • As a Registered Nurse, you will automatically be awarded at least 60 transfer credits for your associate degree in nursing and professional experience as an RN before you begin. Additional courses may be transferred in, up to a maximum of 90 transfer credits. 

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. 

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 noel.shaver@salemu.edu for an appropriate extension. If students have any further concerns regarding this requirement, please contact Noel Shaver for clarification. 

If you would like to find out more about this program, click the link below to request more information! 

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In March 2018, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN), delivered via distance education, was accredited by NLN CNEA.