Major in Nursing (Degree Completion)

The degree completion track is designed for licensed registered nurses who graduated from an accredited program awarding an associate degree or a diploma in nursing and have an active license as a registered nurse. To earn the B.S. in nursing, students must complete 132 credits. Students are automatically granted 58 credits for their prior educational preparation as a registered nurse. Other coursework taken during the licensing process or more recently may also be eligible for transfer to Salve Regina. Students must take a minimum of 36 credits at Salve Regina to earn the bachelor's degree. In addition to fulfilling the University requirement of Core Curriculum courses, the courses required specifically for this track of the nursing major are:

  • Transitioning into Professional Nursing
  • Holistic Health Assessment and Health Promotion
  • Research and Evidence-Based Practice
  • Families in Transition: Aging and End-of-Life Care (has a concurrent experiential learning course)
  • Public Health and Disaster Response Planning
  • Leadership and Management
  • Service Learning
  • Senior Thesis (available as an option in preparation for graduate school)
  • Healthcare Informatics

Registered nurses who hold a B.S. in a non-nursing major are admitted to the degree completion track as second degree students and only need to fulfill two religion courses and the required nursing courses. In addition, Salve Regina offers a joint bachelor's/master's program leading to a master's degree in health care administration and management, providing a viable option for students wishing to further their study.