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Bachelor of Science in Nursing Requirements

Degree Information

The mission of Indiana University Southeast School of Nursing is to create a community of learning that addresses society's need for caring professionals and that nurtures students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds.

The baccalaureate program prepares competent, professional nurses to meet current and future societal health care needs. Program graduates function as practitioners and leaders in acute and long-term care, community settings, homecare and non-traditional settings. The creative curriculum provides a foundation for graduate study. The graduate possesses a broad knowledge of the humanities, biological and social sciences, and nursing. As a beginning practitioner the graduate applies well-developed problem solving skills in caring for individuals, families and communities.

The curriculum is composed of two areas of study:

  1. general education
  2. classroom and clinical nursing courses

Thirty (30) credit hours of general education are required. These hours may be transferred from other colleges or universities. Course work completed at other colleges or universities will be evaluated for equivalency.

The curriculum leads to the Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) degree which qualifies the graduate to take the National Council State Boards of Nursing National Licensure Examination (NCLEX).

University Credit Hour & Residency Requirements

All Baccalaureate degrees offered by IU Southeast requires a minimum of 120 credit hours and a minimum of 30 credit hours of upper-level coursework (300-level or above). No more than 64 credit hours earned in accredited junior/community colleges may be applied toward a Baccalaureate degree. The University Residency Requirement dictates that students must complete no less than 26 credit hours at IU Southeast during their senior year and no less than 10 credit hours of coursework in the major field of study.

Department of Nursing Residency Requirements

Undergraduate students must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours on the campus awarding the degree. Like all Baccalaureate degrees offered by IU Southeast, the BS in Nursing requires a minimum of 120 credit hours and a minimum of 30 credit hours of upper-level coursework (300-level or above). No more than 64 credit hours earned in accredited junior/community colleges may be applied toward a Baccalaureate degree. The University Residency Requirement dictates that students must complete no less than 26 credit hours at IU Southeast during their senior year and no less than 10 credit hours of coursework in the major field of study.

General Education Core Requirements

All IU Southeast Baccalaureate degrees require 30 credit hours of General Education Core coursework. Students must select a course(s) to satisfy each category listed below. View the list of courses that satisfy the General Education Core requirements.

  • Information Literacy (1 credit)
  • Written Communications I (3 credits)
  • Written Communications II (3 credits)
  • Oral Communications (3 credits)
  • Ethical Reasoning/Diversity (3 credits)
  • Natural Sciences (one lecture – 3 credits, one lab – 2 credits)
  • Arts/Humanities(3 credits)
  • Social Science(3 credits)
  • General Education Additional Requirement (Art, Humanities, or Social Science) (3 credits)

Please note that several courses required for your Major may “double dip” with the general education core courses.

View a list of current course offerings.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Requirements

Students assume responsibility for meeting degree requirements and for filing the application for a degree. The application for the degree must be completed when planning the program for the final semester. Students must file a degree application with the School of Nursing recorder by September 1 for December graduation and by December 1 for May, June or August graduation.

All candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Kaplan Admission test requirement as part of the admission procedures.
  • Immunizations required for admission to nursing.
  • CPR Certification required for admission
  • Drug and Alcohol screen required for admission
  • Complete satisfactorily 120 credit hours that apply to the degree (credit hour requirements may vary slightly among campuses). Credits earned in remedial learning skill courses do not apply toward the degree.
  • Achieve a minimum cumulative grade point average of C (2.0)
  • Achieve a grade of C (2.0) or higher in nursing courses and a grade of Satisfactory (S) in clinical practica.
  • Remove all incomplete, deferred, and/or special credit course grades in nursing courses by three weeks prior to the end of the student's last semester before graduation.
  • Complete all course work within six years after enrollment in nursing courses.
  • Note*: A pattern of withdrawals may influence requests for consideration of reinstatement.
  • Students are required to complete an NCLEX® Readiness Examination, NCLEX® Review, and other assessments.

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