The Salem State University School of Nursing helps to prepare nurses and future nurses to meet the many challenges of today’s complex healthcare environment. The faculty and staff from the school of nursing are committed to our students and strongly encourage and support diversity.
Whether you are entering the program directly from high school, looking for a career change or wish to advance in your career, the School of Nursing at Salem State University offers a program specifically designed for you.
The accelerated bachelor of science in nursing (ABSN) is designed for those individuals who have a non-nursing bachelor’s degree and wish to pursue a career in nursing.
This rigorous, 15-month, full-time cohort program begins May, Summer Session I, and concludes August of the following year. Following successful completion of the program, students will be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN licensing examination, and upon passing the examination, will be licensed to practice as a registered nurse.
Courses and clinical sites will be offered either day, evenings and/or weekends. Clinical practice sites will be offered in a variety of settings throughout the North Shore and Boston area. Students that complete the FAFSA may be eligible for federal loans. This is an accelerated program and students are encouraged not to work for the duration of the program.
A bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree blends academic and experiential learning. Grounded in liberal arts the BSN program prepares students for entry into professional nursing practice and provides the foundation for further study towards an advanced degree in nursing. Students complete clinical practicums in a variety of settings including adult health, maternal child health, and in the community.
Graduates will be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN exam to become a registered nurse (RN) and enter professional nursing practice.
The LPN to BSN program gives licensed practical nurses the opportunity to earn a bachelor's degree in nursing (BSN). Applicants must hold a valid Massachusetts LPN nursing license and provide an updated resume to be considered for admission to the program. All general education and support courses must be completed prior to enrolling in any nursing courses.
Graduates will be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN exam to become a registered nurse (RN) and enter professional nursing practice
The RN to BSN program gives licensed RN’s with either an associate’s degree or a diploma in nursing the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN). Applicants must hold a valid Massachusetts RN nursing license. The RN to BSN program is an online program and can be completed on a part-time basis in as little as two years.
Adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioner provides a flexible program of higher education through which students may earn, on a part-time basis, a master of science degree with a major in nursing. Courses are offered primarily in the evening hours and are planned so that the part-time student can complete the program in three to three and one-half years.
The master of science in nursing (MSN) program is for the registered nurse with a bachelor’s degree in nursing, or a bachelor’s degree in another field and an associate degree in nursing or a diploma in nursing. Salem State University offers an MSN and an opportunity to specialize in an adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioner program. In addition, there is an opportunity for the post-master's certificate in nursing education. Completion of the post-master's certificate also allows for certification as a nurse educator.
The MSN program is designed for working professionals with classes that are offered in the evening and in a hybrid format.
Students who successfully complete the adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner program track are eligible to take the national Nurse Practitioner Certification Exam in Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nursing.
The nursing education concentration provides a flexible program of higher education through which students may earn, on a part-time basis, a master of science degree with a major in nursing. Courses are offered primarily in the evening hours and are planned so that the part-time student can complete the program in three to three and one-half years.
Salem State's nursing education post-graduate certificate is offered for academic credit. The certificate is awarded at the completion of all four courses. If the student desires to pursue the master of science in nursing (MSN), upon admissions to the graduate nursing program, these credits may be applied toward the MSN.
Salem State’s Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing is fully approved by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Board of Registration in Nursing (BORN). BORN approves pre-licensure programs in Nursing.
The baccalaureate degree in nursing and master's degree in nursing at Salem State University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing (CCNE).