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Welcome to the USI Nursing Program

Get a first-class nursing education to excel in your nursing career.

With a degree from USI, you'll be able to enter nursing practice in a variety of settings and pursue advance practice nursing, leadership and education roles.

Note: The deadline to apply for USI's MSN and Post MSN Certificate has been extended to August 1, 2023.

Apply for MSN Program       Apply for a Post Master's Program

Click the buttons below to learn more about our nursing programs:

Bachelor of Science in Nursing    

Online RN to BSN    

Online Master of Science    

Post MSN Certificate    

DNP - Post MSN    

DNP - BSN to DNP    

You'll get extensive clinical nursing experience in a variety of healthcare settings. Moreover, USI provides exceptional preparation for professional licensing exams. Our nursing graduates have an outstanding track record, with consistently high pass rates for both BSN graduates and the RN license exam as well as the MSN and DNP graduates with national certification exams.

CCNE logoOur Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program is accredited by the Indiana State Board of Nursing.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and post-graduate APRN certificate program at the University of Southern Indiana is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (


USI's nursing programs are outstanding for:

Personalized faculty attention that fosters supportive relationships with nursing students that maximizes academic success.

Award-winning nursing faculty with advanced degrees and diverse backgrounds with many years of clinical experience.

Education in professional nursing skills including leadership, public health and policy, teamwork, effective communication, scholarly writing and informatics.

Support services such as academic advising, counseling, tutoring, and professional mentoring.

USI's nursing degrees emphasize hands-on experience

You'll get a nursing degree that allows you to enter the workforce with confidence, experience and excellent preparation.

Opportunities include:

Clinical hours in a variety of settings including acute and primary care, ambulatory care centers, and community healthcare agencies.

Dedicated Education Units (DEUs), a unique clinical model allowing you to work alongside experienced nurses. Learn more.

USI's Clinical Simulation Center, a realistic hospital environment offering state-of-the-art health care technology and "virtual patients." Learn more.

Flexible course delivery with online education offerings, meeting the needs of adult learners. Learn more.

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To learn more about USI's nursing degrees, contact USI Admissions at 800-467-1965.


Happy National Nurses Week!

The theme for National Nurses Week is "Nurses Make a Difference: Anytime, Anywhere – Always." Three Posey County teens recently visited USI to thank a member of our Nursing faculty for her quick response when they were injured in a three-vehicle accident.

Rising Stars Recognized

Three USI students received the prestigious Rising Star of Research and Scholarship Award from Sigma Theta Tau, international honor society of nursing. They are Cassandra Nepp, BSN '22 graduate (not pictured), and current DNP students, Byron Rademacher, at left, and AnnMarie Humphress, at right, with Pam Thomas, Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing.

Nursing Students Bring Home NCLEX Trophy

Congratulations to Dr. Marilyn Ostendorf and USI Nursing students on two exciting wins! On April 10, they won the 2023 Critical Care Challenge sponsored by the Greater Evansville Chapter of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. The team also captured first place at the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) Challenge sponsored by the Kentucky Nurses Association on March 21.

Nurse of the Year

Alex Gilmore ’17 was named the 2023 Nurse of the Year at Baptist Health Floyd in New Albany, Indiana. She has worked in the hospital's intensive care unit for six years.

Lending a Helping Hand

Students in the USI College of Nursing and Health Professions are taught the importance of working together within a healthcare team to ensure the best possible patient outcomes. Brooke Shafer, a senior nursing major, has first-hand experience with this concept.

Graduate Named Congestive Heart Failure Coordinator

Jessica R. Riley, MSN, RN, APRN, AGACNP-BC, has been named Congestive Heart Failure Coordinator at Cape Cardiology Group, located in the Heart Hospital at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. She received her Post-Master’s Certificate as an Acute Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner from University of Southern Indiana in July 2022.

Timepiece Links Student to Nursing Legacy

Prior to the USI Nursing White Coat Ceremony on September 11, 2022, Hailey Reas’ mother loaned her something special to wear to remember her family’s legacy of nursing service.