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.

USI nursing students will complete clinical experiences in a variety of healthcare and community settings.  In order to optimize clinical learning experiences, students may be required to travel up to 70 miles and provide their own transportation to assigned agencies or institutions.

Non-native speakers of English must meet English proficiency requirements as established by the USI Center for International Programs.

There are three methods of admission to the program: Direct Admission, Conditional Direct Admission and Standard Admission.

Direct Admission

Direct admission applies only to students who are first-time degree seeking students and who are applying within the first calendar year of high school graduation.  Application for direct admission must be received by July 1.  For example, if you graduated from high school May or June 2021, you have until July 1, 2022 to apply for direct admission with nursing classes beginning spring semester 2023.  If you graduate from high school May or June 2022, you have until July 1, 2023 to apply for direct admission with nursing classes beginning spring semester 2024.

To qualify for direct admission, students must have both:

  • a senior year (fall or spring) cumulative high school GPA of 3.5 or above on a 4.0 scale;
  • a minimum ACT of 26 or a SAT after March 2016 with a combined score of 1240 (reading and math, with minimum 580 in each area).
    • COVID-19 Update.  We understand there continue to be challenges in scheduling ACT and SAT exams.  Please note that the application for direct admission and conditional direct admission, including submission of all requirements such as test scores, to the nursing program has a July 1, 2022 deadline for those graduating from high school spring 2021. 

Conditional Direct Admission

Conditional direct admission applies only to students who are first-time degree seeking students and who are applying within the first calendar year of high school graduation.  Application for conditional direct admission must be received by July 1.  For example, if you graduated from high school May or June 2021, you have until July 1, 2022 to apply for conditional direct admission with nursing classes beginning spring semester 2023.  If you graduate from high school May or June 2022, you have until July 1, 2023 to apply for conditional direct admission with nursing classes beginning spring semester 2024.

To qualify for conditional direct admission students must have:

  • a senior year (fall or spring) cumulative high school GPA of 3.4 - 3.49 on a 4.0 scale and minimum ACT of 26 or a SAT after March 2016 with a combined score of 1240 (evidence-based reading and math, with minimum 580 in each area).

OR

  • a senior year (fall or spring) cumulative high school GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale and minimum ACT of 25 or a SAT after March 2016 with a combined score of 1210 (evidence-based reading and math, with minimum 560 in each area).

COVID-19 Update.  We understand there continue to be challenges in scheduling ACT and SAT exams.  Please note that the application for direct admission and conditional direct admission, including submission of all requirements such as test scores, to the nursing program has a July 1, 2022 deadline for those graduating from high school spring 2021. 

Standard Admission to the undergraduate nursing program may occur after completion of 31 hours of required university courses.  Please check back for application requirements.

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