Entry-Level BSN

Entry-Level BSN

Application and Admission Requirements

  • Admission to Indiana University as a degree-seeking student.
  • Maintenance of a cumulative grade point average of no less than 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Maintenance of an application GPA of no less than 2.7 on a 4.0 scale. Although a 2.7 AGPA is the minimum required for application, admission is competitive and a higher AGPA may be required in a given application pool.
  • Completion of chemistry (a one-year high school course, or CHEM-C 101 Elementary Chemistry 1, CHEM-C 121 Elementary Chemistry Laboratory 1 equivalent) with a grade of C (2.0) or higher within the past five years.
  • Passing a comprehensive criminal background check and urine drug screening.
  • Completion of the following required courses with a grade of C or higher by the second attempt:
    • CHEM-C 102 Elementary Chemistry 2
    • ENG-W 131 Reading, Writing, and Inquiry I
    • MICR-M 250 Microbial Cell Biology
    • MICR-M 255 Microbiology Laboratory (2 cr.)
    • NURS-B 108 Personal Health and Wellness (2 cr.)
    • PHSL-P 261 Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 (5 cr.)
    • PHSL-P 262 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (5 cr.)
    • PSY-P 103 General Psychology
    • PSY-P 216 Life Span Developmental Psychology
    • SOC-S 161 Principles of Sociology

Application and admission are valid only for the semester designated. Students who are not offered admission upon the third application attempt become ineligible for admission. 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 have only two opportunities to decline admission in writing prior to losing their eligibility to apply.

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 considering the seven-year limit of specific courses, and must adhere to the published dates for application on their campuses.

Applying to the School of Nursing

Indiana University South Bend nursing program offers two (2) opportunities each year to be admitted to the clinical nursing program.  Applications are available from the Office of Student Services, Northside 416, September 1st.  Students must first be admitted to IU South Bend.  International students should start at the Office of International Student Services.

Preferred Deadlines:

Fall Semester Deadline: March 1st
Spring Semester Deadline: October 1st

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 BSN program which is two and a half years of nursing and general education course work.

Interested students should contact Student Services for advising at (574) 520.4571 for further information on the clinical application and degree requirements.

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.