The Indiana University South Bend nursing program requires two years of prerequisite general education and basic science courses with an additional two years of clinical nursing curriculum. Students are first admitted to the University as pre-nursing students. Once the prerequisite courses are completed, students apply to the BSN program. Students are admitted to nursing twice a year in the fall and spring semesters. Application for Fall admission is available until April 1st. Application for Spring admission is available until November 1st.
Application and Admission Requirements
- Cumulative grade point average of no less than 2.50 on a 4.0 scale.
- Science GPA of no less than 2.70 on a 4.0 scale. Although a 2.70 Science GPA is the minimum required for application, admission is competitive and a higher Science GPA may be required in a given application pool.
- Admission essay
- Completion of all program prerequisite courses.
Application and admission are valid only for the semester designated. Students offered admission to the nursing major must enroll in nursing coursework at a time designated by the School of Nursing. Failure to enroll in nursing coursework in the designated semester necessitates reapplying to the program.
Students admitted to the nursing major must formally accept or decline admission to the degree program, in writing, prior to the beginning of the semester to which they are admitted. Students accepted to the program but decline acceptance must reapply to the program of choice and compete with the applicant pool for the semester in which they request entrance.
Students admitted to the nursing major who withdraw from coursework within the first semester must reapply for admission to the program. These students have one opportunity for readmission, must reapply within a time frame that would allow the student timely completion of the program.
Students who wish to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (120 credit hours) and licensure as a Registered Nurse must complete approximately 31-38 credit hours of prerequisite course work at the college level (see BSN Degree Requirements). Students then apply for admission to the clinical portion of the BSN program, which is two years of nursing course work. Graduates of this program are eligible for licensure as a Registered Nurse after successfully passing the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN).
Students who have completed nursing courses at another college or university, but have not completed a degree in nursing, should request a Clinical Transfer Application. Contact Student Services, Northside 416, or call (574) 520-4571.