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 see the prior year's admission criteria, please click here.
To qualify for conditional direct admission, students must have either:
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.
Accepted conditional direct admission students must maintain eligibility by earning a college GPA of 3.3+ on a 4.0 scale, by completing the first year prerequisite courses* prior to August 1 after their first year of college, and by completing all prerequisite second year courses according to the curriculum.
*First year courses prerequisite courses:
ENG 101 Rhetoric and Composition I ENG 201 Rhetoric and Composition II
BIOL 121 Human Anatomy and Physiology I MATH 114 Quantitative Reasoning
BIOL 122 Human Anatomy and Physiology II CHEM 141* Principles of Chemistry
PSY 201 Introduction to Psychology HP 115 Medical Terminology
UNIV 101 First Year Experience
CMST 101 or CMST 107 CMST 101: Intro to Public Speaking or CSMT 107: Interpersonal Communications
KIN 192 Concepts in Health & Wellness
*Students may have the option to take both Chemistry 142 Survey of General Chemistry AND Chemistry 143 Survey of Organic & Biochemistry (4 credit hours each) combination that is equivalent of Chemistry 141 (4 credit hours). If students take the two course option, the grades for each will be averaged for the points to be applied to the student's application.
All Students must have a "C" or better in the below classes in order to be eligible for Nursing:
BIOL 121 BIOL 122 CMST 101 or 107 PSY 201
ENG 101 ENG 201 CHEM 141 or CHEM 142 and CHEM 143
NUTR 376 Principles and Applications in Nutrition
BIOL 272 Medical Microbiology
Social Science/Social Behavior Course
Science Eligibility rule: Any student who receives more than one 'D' or 'F' in any of the required science or nutrition courses prior to beginning the professional nursing courses is ineligible for the nursing program at USI.
Students applying for admission to the USI Nursing Program may enroll in the required science courses a maximum of two times per course including transfer credits from any university or college.** **This rule applies to all students admitted to the university as of August 2020.
Anatomy and physiology and chemistry course credit must be earned or equivalent competence demonstrated within five years of enrollment in clinical nursing courses.
Non-native speakers of English must meet English proficiency requirements as established by the USI Center for International Programs.