• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Salem, IL, United States
A bachelor of science in Nursing (BSN) degree at Salem State University 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. 
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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 baccalaureate program in Nursing prepares students for entry into professional nursing practice while also providing a liberal arts education. The nursing courses provide the knowledge and skills necessary for practice in a variety of healthcare settings and for the provision of care to people of all ages and lifestyles. Graduates of this program are also well-prepared for advanced study in graduate level courses. The BSN degree and the LPN to BSN degree requires 120 credits, with 55 credits earned specifically in the study of nursing. The RN to BSN requires 120 credits, with 65 credits in nursing. When the RN to BSN student is accepted into the program, they are awarded 35 credits based on the receipt of the RN license as prior learning/advanced placement credit.

Our Mission

Salem State University's mission is to provide a high quality, student-centered education that prepares a diverse community of learners to contribute responsibly and creatively to a global society, and serve as a resource to advance the region's cultural, social and economic development.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Preparation for Professional Licensure
  • Advanced Concepts
  • Professional Role Practicum
  • Professional Role Seminar
  • Professional Role Concepts and Competancies
  • Biological Systems
  • Anatomy and Physiology I
  • Anatomy and Physiology II
  • Microbiology and Its Applications
  • General, Organic and Biological Chemistry
  • Statistics
  • Ethics  
  • General Psychology
  • Childhood and Adolescence
  • Adulthood and Old Age
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Introduction to Anthropology

For more information please visit the program website.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Complete the online application
  • Send us your transcripts
  • Submit your standardized test scores
  • Submit Proof of English Language Proficiency

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18480 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18480 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    18480 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18480 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    11675 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11675 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Salem

  • 1100 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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