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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.

To qualify for direct admission, students must have both:

  • A high school junior 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.

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 by the document deadline for the specific fall or spring nursing course start. Students will work closely with an advisor to determine an individual schedule.

Application Deadlines Sample Plan of Study

First Year Prerequisite Courses

  • ENG 101* Rhetoric and Composition I
  • ENG 201* Rhetoric and Composition II
  • BIOL 121* Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIOL 122* Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • CHEM 141*+ Principles of Chemistry
  • MATH 114 Quantitative Reasoning
  • PSY 201* Introduction to Psychology
  • HP 115 Medical Terminology
  • UNIV 101 First Year Experience
  • CMST 101* or CMS 107*: Intro to Public Speaking or 107: Interpersonal Communications
  • KIN 192 Concepts in Health & Wellness

* To be eligible for admission to the Nursing Program, all Students must receive a grade of "C" or better in these courses.

+ 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 the 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.

Science Eligibility

  • Anatomy and physiology and chemistry course credit must be earned or equivalent competence demonstrated within five years of enrollment in clinical nursing courses.
  • Any student who receives more than one 'D' or 'F' in any of the required science or nutrition 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.

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 cnhpadmissions@usi.edu 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.