University of Southern Indiana

Academic Requirements

Admission to the USI undergraduate nursing program requires admission to the University and a separate application to the nursing program.  Admission is competitive and limited by the availability of instructional resources and clinical learning sites.  There are three methods for admission to the nursing program: direct admission, conditional direct admission, and standard admission.

Direct Admission
Direct Admission to the undergraduate nursing program may occur prior to entrance to the University for high school students with outstanding high school achievement and high SAT/ACT scores. 

To qualify for direct admission, students must have both a:

  • high school GPA of 3.5 or above on a 4.0 scale;
  • Minimum ACT of 26 or a SAT of 1260 (math and reading only) with a minimum score of 580 in math and reading.

To maintain direct admission status students must:  

  • maintain a required cumulative GPA of 3.0 on 4.0 scale on first year required courses (*except for those students applying August 2017 in which Kinesiology 192 will not be included in admission GPA);
  • achieve a grade of “C” or better in Biology 121*, Biology 122*, Chemistry 141*, English 101, English 201, CMST 101 or 107, and Psychology 201
  • in order to progress in nursing courses students must also achieve a grade of “C” or better in Biology 272*, Nutrition 376*, Sociology 121 (or Social Inquiry Category)

*Students earning less than a “C” grade in two required science and/or nutrition courses (or any equivalent course transferred from another institution) will not be eligible to enroll in nursing courses

Students begin their nursing course work in the spring semester of their second year of university study.

Conditional Direct Admission
Conditional direct admission to the undergraduate nursing program may occur prior to entrance to the University for high school students with outstanding high school achievement and high SAT/ACT scores.  

To qualify for conditional direct admission, students must have a:

  • high school GPA of 3.4-3.49 on a 4.0 scale; and minimum ACT 26 or SAT 1260 (math and evidenced-based reading) with a minimum score of 580 in math and reading.

OR

  • high school GPA of 3.5 or higher; and minimum ACT 25 or SAT 1220 (math and evidenced-based reading only) with a minimum score of 560 in math and reading.

To maintain conditional direct admission status students must: 

  • maintain a required cumulative GPA of 3.3 on 4.0 scale on first year required courses (*except for those students applying August 2017 in which Kinesiology 192 will not be included in admission GPA);
  • achieve a grade of “C” or better in Biology 121*, Biology 122*, Chemistry 141*, English 101, English 201, CMST 101 or 107, and Psychology 201
  • in order to progress in nursing courses students must also achieve a grade of “C” or better in Biology 272*, Nutrition 376*, Sociology 121 (or Social Inquiry Category)

*Students earning less than a “C” grade in two required science and/or nutrition courses (or any equivalent course transferred from another institution) will not be eligible to enroll in nursing courses

Students begin their nursing course work in the spring semester of their second year of university study.

Standard Admission 

A review of the admission application occurs after completion of 31 hours of required courses (see the course sequence for the specific courses which are considered-**except for 2017 which will be based on 30 hours excluding Kinesiology).

Admission to the program is competitive and selection of applicants is based upon the following criteria:

  • No standardized test score will be used to determine admission.
  • The following formula will be used for applicant ranking:
    • Cumulative GPA (on all required courses for admission) x 10
    • Additional points for science grades in Biology 121 and 122, Chemistry 141
      • A = 2.5; B+ = 2; B = 1.5; C+ = 1; C = .5 (maximum 7.5 points)
    • One additional point for each of the 3 science courses listed above taken at USI (max. 3 points)
  • Applicants will be ranked by cumulative score from above calculated score (maximum of 50.5)

To be eligible for standard admission students must:

  • achieve a grade of “C” or better in Biology 121*, Biology 122*, Chemistry 141*, English 101, English 201, CMST 101 or 107, and Psychology 201
  • in order to progress in nursing courses students must also achieve a grade of “C” or better in Biology 272*, Nutrition 376*, Sociology 121 (or Social Inquiry Category)

*Students earning less than a “C” grade in two sciences and/or nutrition courses (or any equivalent course transferred from another institution) will not be eligible to enroll in nursing courses

Students begin their nursing course work in the spring semester of their second year of university study. 

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