University of Southern Indiana

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Admission

An admission into the nursing program requires a separate application process from that of applying to the university. The number of students admitted to the nursing program each year is dependent upon learning resources.

Admission to the nursing program is competitive and limited by the availability of instructional recourses and clinical learning sites.

The deadline to apply to the nursing program is AUGUST 1 every fall after completion of the first 35 credit hours in the nursing curriculum.

There are two methods of admission to the program: Early Admission and Standard Admission.

Early Admission

Early admission to the undergraduate nursing program may occur PRIOR to entrance to the University of Southern Indiana for high school students with outstanding high school achievement and high SAT/ACT Scores.

Early admission criteria:

  • A high school GPA of a 3.5 or above on a 4.0 scare
  • A standardized test score which is a combined SAT of 1200 (without writing component) or a ACT score of 26

Students who are granted Early Admission status must maintain a college GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and achieve a grade of "C" or better in:

Biology 121 English 201
Biology 122 CMST 101 or 107
Biology 272 Psychology 201
Chemistry 141 Sociology 121 (or C-2 category course)
English 101 Nutrition 376


To complete an application for early admission please download the Early Admission Application. This application should be submitted with a 200 word essay as to why you are pursuing nursing as a career PRIOR to the start of your course work at USI to


Standard Admission

A review of the admission application occurs after completion of 35 hours of required courses (see the curriculum for the specific courses which are considered). Students admitted to the nursing program begin courses in the following spring semester.

To be considered for admission to the nursing program, students must have completed 35 college credit hours identified for the first years courses (or their equivalent) in the nursing curriculum. Admission to the program is competitive and the selection of the applicants is based upon the following criteria:

  • GPA in required courses
  • Standardized exam score a combined SAT of 1000 (without writing component) or an ACT score of 21. For students who have been out of high school for three years or more, a pre-admission standardized nursing exam may be substitutued for the SAT or ACT.

In the event that the applicant has equivalent qualifications, the written essay and participation in community activities will be considered.

Students must have a "C" or better in the following courses to be considered for the program:

Biology 121 English 201
Biology 122 CMST 101 or 107
Biology 272 Psychology 201
Chemistry 141 Sociology 121 ( or C-2 category course)
English 101 Nutrition 376


Students who receive a grade less than a "C" in two of the science and or nutrition courses will not be accepted to the program.

Application Requirements:

  • Acceptance to the University of Southern Indiana as an undergraduate.
  • Application to the Bachelors of Science in Nursing Program at the College of Nursing and Health Professions.
  • A 200 word narrative stating your professional goals. Many previous applicants address the reasons they selected nursing as a career, state their current position(s) in nursing, and conclude with a discussion about what they intend to do with their degrees once the BSN is completed.

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