University of Southern Indiana

BSN Direct Admission 2022

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 see the prior year's admission criteria, please click here.

To qualify for direct admission, students must have both:

  • A high school fall semester senior year cumulative GPA of a 3.5 or above on a 4.0 scale.
  • One standardized exam score that meets the following requirements:
    • SAT taken after March 2016 with a combined score of 1240 (reading and math, with minimum 580 in each area).
    • ACT composite score of 26. 
    • 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 direct admission students must maintain eligibility by earning a college GPA of 3.0+ 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.

Application Steps:

  • Acceptance to the University of Southern Indiana as an undergraduate.
  • Non-native speakers of English must meet English proficiency requirements as established by the USI Center for International Programs.

  • Complete and submit the Direct Admission Application. The application should be submitted PRIOR to the start of your course work at USI.  
  • A 200 word essay must be submitted separately either by email to or to the secure fax (812) 465-7092.  In the essay, please tell us about yourself, your reasons for selecting nursing as a profession, and address your career goals.

Contact Dr. Constance Swenty


Send Email to