The undergraduate nursing program is designed to prepare the professional nurse as a generalist to plan, implement, and evaluate healthcare for individuals, families, and groups in institutional and community settings.
Completion of the undergraduate program provides the foundation for professional practice and graduate study in nursing. Students completing and meeting the requirements for graduation from the nursing program will be eligible to sit for the registered nurse licensure exam.
In addition to classroom instruction and simulated learning activities, clinical learning occurs in local hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies, clinics, and a number of other agencies. Students gain experience with patients in medical, surgical, psychiatric, maternity, pediatric, gerontology, oncology, operating room, critical care, emergency room, post-anesthesia, and community settings. Clinical practice prepares students for employment in these areas following graduation.
General Disclosure of Program Licensure or Certification Requirements
The Nursing program prepares individuals for employment in the state of Indiana upon successful completion of the registered nurse licensure examination (NCLEX-RN). The university has not determined if students from other states need to meet additional requirements for employment in those states.
Student Success Stories
100% of the 98 nursing graduates passed the NCLEX-RN licensure exam, a distinction that speaks to the quality of the students, the faculty, and USI's Nursing Program. WE ARE SCREAMING EAGLES!
Michael was a 2017 graduate of the university of Southern Indiana’s BSN program. Upon graduation, Michael enlisted in the U.S. Navy as an ensign and is stationed at Walter Reed Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland. Micheal returned to USI and addressed nursing students with an encouraging message focusing on the broad nursing education that he received that provided him with critical thinking and essential nursing skills. Michael attended high school in Pike County, Indiana. Hear his story.
Jessica was a 2018 graduate of the University of Southern Indiana. After graduation, Jessica focused her career on Pediatrics. She traveled to Nashville where she is currently working at Children’s Hospital. Jessica noted that while she was at USI, the faculty were supportive of students and their success. Not only were the faculty supportive while she was a student but she has contacted faculty since graduation and feels they are genuinely interested in her career. She highly recommends a BSN at USI. Find out more.
Anne was a 2018 graduate of the University of Southern Indiana’s BSN program. Upon graduation, Anne returned to her home In Indianapolis to work as a registered nurse in the ICU. Anne speaks highly of the skills she acquired as a student at USI and that she was able to transfer her skills to a very busy intensive care unit with little difficulty. Hear more in her own words.
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The baccalaureate degree in nursing program at the University of Southern Indiana is accredited by the Indiana State Board of Nursing and by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, Suite 530, Washington D. C. 20036, 202/887-6791.
Non-native speakers of English must meet English proficiency requirements as established by the USI Center for International Programs.