Frequently Asked Questions
When should I apply to the School of Nursing?
What criteria do the Admissions, Progression, Graduation (APG) Committee use to make admission decisions for the BSN?
Admission to the School of Nursing is based on students’ grade point average from the prerequisite courses (minimum 2.7) and score on the Kaplan Nursing Entrance Exam (reading comprehension portion only). Students are ranked in numerical order based on their combined scores for GPA (75% of score) and Kaplan score (25% of score) and the top 56 are selected.
I’ve heard that some students get priority for admission. Is this true?
Pre-nursing students with a 3.75 GPA or higher in transfer courses meeting prerequisite requirements (and intended to be listed on the BSN application) may apply more than 15 credit hours of transfer courses and still be considered tier 1 (priority).
If additional space is available, the next priority is given to students who completed the majority of their course work on another Indiana University campus and are transferring to the IU Southeast School of Nursing. Students transferring the majority of prerequisite course work from a non-IU school are given lowest priority for admission.
What is the likelihood for admission for students who finish course work in the Spring compared those who don’t finish until Summer I?
A total of 56 applicants are admitted in two rounds each summer, 42 in May and 14 in July. Students completing their pre-reqs in spring are eligible for both rounds, all 56 spots, while students completing pre-reqs in summer 1 are only eligible for the second round, 14 out of 56 spots.
Is the BSN course plan on the IU Southeast website?
May students take pre-nursing courses online?
Yes, some pre-nursing courses are available online.
Do any of the general education courses "double count" in the BSN course plan?
Are transfer courses included in my BSN application GPA?
I have a transfer course that was accepted as undistributed credit. I think the course might count as a pre-nursing requirement. What should I do?
Are C minus grades accepted in the BSN degree?
Should I retake a course to improve my grade if I have already earned a C?
How many times can a course required for the BSN be repeated?
I am returning to college after ten years. Will my previous credits count toward the BSN degree?
I am interested in the BSN degree, but I’m not absolutely sure that it is for me. Do you have any advice for me?
What is the Kaplan?
After applying to the nursing program in February, in March applicants must take the Kaplan Nursing Entrance Exam online in the Student Success Center on campus. The Kaplan is a standardized, timed test with 91 multiple choice questions covering reading, writing, math, and science, but only the reading section counts. Applicants have one chance to take the Kaplan.
How long does the BSN program take?
Pre-nursing courses are typically done in one year. Students who are admitted to the program begin Nursing classes full-time the following fall semester, typically their second year at IUS. Once being admitted to the program, Nursing classes always take 3 years to complete since they must be taken the way they are on the Degree Map. All classes are in fall and spring except one required summer class. Nursing classes and clinicals are done at set times during the day and are not available online or at night. The nursing program requires a significant time commitment in order to be successful, therefore working full-time is not realistic.