Bachelor of Science (RN-BSN Program)

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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.

About This Program

Designed by Nurses for Nurses:
Salem offers a one course a month, convenient, RN-BSN degree completion program that was designed by nurses for nurses to take the next step forward in their career.  Focused on the needs of working nurses, experiential learning activities are woven throughout the program and can often be accomplished on the job, at your workplace, or in your community.

 Fully Online & On Your Schedule:
With 100% online courses – students have the flexibility and convenience they need to earn their degree while also working as a practicing RN. Access course materials when it is most convenient to you.

Complete in as Few as 10 Months:
Salem’s RN-BSN program can be completed in as few as 10 months. The core curriculum consists of 30 credits (10 courses that are four-weeks in duration). Our one-course-per-month delivery allows students to focus on completing their courses without having simultaneous competing course-demands on their time.

Go to Class from Any Device, Anywhere:
Going to class means logging into your course from a device connected to the Internet such as a computer, tablet or smartphone.  Salem’s online learning platform is mobile friendly. All you need is an Internet connection and you can access your courses, student portal, and learning resources anywhere.

 Requirements Prior to Enrollment:

All that is required to begin is:

  • 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.


Salem’s RN-BSN program is accredited by National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (CNEA)Faculty

Experienced Faculty are available to you in every course, with their contact information available to you for personalized attention during each of your courses.

Resources for Adult Learners

Your Support Advisor Who is focused on success strategies and ways to help you reach your educational goals and dedicated to adding BSN after your name.

Your Support Team    That will advise you academically and financially throughout your program.

Online Library             24-hour access to the library with the ability to contact a librarian for support.

Tutoring Services        A tutor should you need additional academic assistance.

Success Strategies     Access to the Student Advancement & Success (SAS) strategies such as information on success in online courses, time management, scholarly writing, test-taking tips, ways to reduce stress, and more.

Feel confident with Salem’s RN-BSN program and our curriculum which is designed to enhance and advance your role as a professional nurse.

The RN-BSN Curriculum

  • 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
  • Nursing Capstone

The final capstone project allows you to apply the concepts learned from coursework and your years of nursing experience.  The portfolio of activities that you complete throughout the program are designed to showcase your professional role development, values, competence, and critical thinking skills – enhancing your professional advancement.

Take the Next Step Towards Your Future in Healthcare

Vision of the School of Nursing
The School of Nursing has a vision to provide accessible, state-of-the-discipline education. The School will focus on fostering the preservation, promotion, and restoration of health in the international community. We want our graduates to be highly competent practitioners who are grounded in a sense of inquiry and committed to human caring across the lifespan within a climate of diversity.

Mission of the School of Nursing
The mission of nursing education coincides with that of the University and is committed to preparing professional nurses who utilize a systematic approach in the assessment and management of actual or potential health needs across the life span of a diverse population.  A commitment to lifelong learning will serve as the catalyst that propagates career advancement.

Requirements Prior To Enrollment

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.

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