The following is a list of some of the most frequently asked questions by potential applicants to the Salem State nursing program. However, we understand that each individual has his/her own personal circumstances that give rise to any number of concerns and questions about the program. Please contact the admissions office (978.542.6200) to schedule an appointment with a transfer admissions counselor or to attend an information session where your questions can be answered.
Is the TEAS Entrance Exam Required?
Applicants for the Fall 2017 semester to the School of Nursing Undergraduate Nursing Program will be required to take the TEAS test and submit the scores as part of the application process, prior to the January 15, 2017 application deadline. Applicants must take the TEAS test at Salem State University in the School of Nursing Testing Center. TEAS is required of all transfer nursing and LPN/BSN applicants only. First Year students, RN/BSN and Accelerated BSN applicants are not required to take the TEAS exam at this time. For more information, please see TEAS FAQs.
How long will I have to go to school to earn a baccalaureate degree in nursing?
The nursing program at Salem State is four years in length. However, you may be in school for a shorter period of time depending on the number of college level credits you have previously earned. Nursing courses are planned for three years and each course builds upon previous nursing courses in a progressive manner.
What is the advantage of a baccalaureate education as compared to an associate's degree program in nursing?
Although graduates of both programs are qualified to sit for the NCLEX-RN Licensing Examination, the graduate of a four-year program has a greater breadth and depth of knowledge. Presently, many hospitals are requesting that a nurse have a BSN for an entry-level position. Furthermore, if your long term goal is to obtain a master's degree or to become a nurse practitioner, you will need to have a BS to qualify for these programs.
For how long are my college-level science courses good?
Generally, science course credits are good for seven years. A grade of C is needed for a transfer of credits.
I took chemistry in high school. Will this count towards my degree at Salem State?
The nursing program requires specific chemistry courses that are only given at the college level as four-credit courses which include a lab.
I took chemistry and biology at another school and received a grade of C in both. Will these transfer to Salem State?
The science courses need to be examined carefully to determine whether they are the equivalent of the Salem State courses. Ultimately, the department chairperson of the discipline in question makes the final decision; for example the biology chair decides for biology courses.
I have a degree from another school. Will you take that into consideration?
Absolutely. If you are a graduate with a bachelor's degree from another accredited U.S. college, you may have the general education (core) courses waived.
Is there a part-time nursing program?
The nursing program at Salem State is a full-time program. However, students can take some courses, (for example, general education or prerequisite requirements), on a part-time basis, either in the day school or through the evening division. It is advisable to meet with a nursing advisor and admissions counselor, as well as attend an information session to discuss specifics.
How do I find out more about transfer requirements at Salem State University?
Please click here to visit the admissions website for more information.
How do I go about applying to the nursing program?
You may apply online or stop by the admissions office located on Central Campus where you can pick up the application and make an appointment with a counselor.
What is the process of acceptance?
Applications will be reviewed and screened by the admissions office. In some cases, final selection will be made in collaboration with the Chairperson of nursing.
Is financial aid available?
There are scholarships, grants and loans available. Your best source of information is the financial aid office at 978.542.8000.