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 the School of Nursing (978.542.6624) to attend an information session where your questions can be answered.
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 B.S.N. 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 B.S. 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 US college, you may have the following general education (core) courses waived: Composition I and II; World Civ. I and II; Literature I and II; Speech (Communications); and Sports Fitness and Leisure Studies.
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, core 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.
What are the prerequisites to get into the Nursing Program?
There are no prerequisites per se. However, one does need to have a high school diploma or the equivalent to be considered for admission, a college GPA of at least 3.2, and a B on at least two of the required sciences.
How do I go about applying to the nursing program?
The admissions office is located on Central Campus where you can pick up the application and make an appointment with a counselor. You may also apply online at salemstate.edu/apply.
What is the process of acceptance?
Applications will be reviewed and screened by the admissions office. Final selection will be made in collarboration 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 978.542.6112.