University of Southern Indiana

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Admission

An admission into the nursing program requires a nursing application process separate from the admission application to the university. Admission to the nursing program is competitive and limited by the availability of instructional resources and clinical learning sites. The number of students admitted to the nursing program each year is dependent upon learning resources.

 The deadline to apply to the nursing program is AUGUST 1 every fall after completion of the first 29 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 fall semester senior year cumulative GPA of a 3.5 or above on a 4.0 scale.
  • A standardized test score which is a combined SAT of 1200 (verbal and math with a minimum score of 550 in each area) or a ACT composite 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 complete and submit the Early Admission Application. The application should be submitted PRIOR to the start of your course work at USI to A 200 word essay explaining your desire to pursue nursing as a career is required with the application and must be submitted separately either by email to or to the secure fax (812) 205-2967.


Standard Admission

A review of the nursing admission application occurs after completion of 29 hours of required courses. To be considered for admission to the nursing program, students must have completed 29 college credit hours identified for the first years courses (or their equivalent) in the nursing curriculum. Those courses are:

English 101 English 201
Biology 121 Biology 122
Math 114 Psychology 201
CMST 101 or 107 Chemistry 141
Medical Terminology 115

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

  • GPA in above required courses
  • Standardized exam score a combined SAT of 1000 (verbal/math, minimum score of 450 in each area) or an ACT composite 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 substituted 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 Social Inquiry category)
English 101 Nutrition 376


Students who receive a grade less than a "C" in two of the science and or nutrition courses listed above 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 concerning their nursing plans once the BSN is completed.
  • To electronically submit your essay email the document to or use the secure fax (812) 205-2798.

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