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Frequently Asked Questions

When should I apply to the School of Nursing?

Applications for admission are available each February. You should apply the year that all pre-nursing requirements will be met by the end of the first summer session.

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?

Yes. Priority for admission (tier 1) is given to all qualified applicants who have completed the majority (51% or 16 hours) of their pre-nursing course work at Indiana University Southeast.

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?

Yes, the most recent BSN course plan is in the Programs section on the School of Nursing 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?

No. For the BSN curriculum, one course fulfills one general education requirement. When a course is on more than one list, the student must choose which general education requirement the course will meet. One course cannot be used to meet two requirements.

Are transfer courses included in my BSN application GPA?

Yes. Your IU Southeast transcript will not include the grades for the courses that you transferred. However, you will report your grades in transfer courses on your BSN application.

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?

Undistributed course work must be approved by the School of Nursing Admission, Progression, and Graduation (APG) committee. The committee will need to review the course description and syllabus for the course. Contact the pre-nursing advisor for more information.

Are C minus grades accepted in the BSN degree?

No. Students who earn less than C in any course required for the BSN must exercise the grade replacement policy to repeat the course. The most recent grade will be used to calculate the application GPA. Only three courses may be repeated, and of those only 2 science courses may be repeated.

Should I retake a course to improve my grade if I have already earned a C?

Although this is not generally recommended, occasionally students who have already earned a grade of C or better in a pre-nursing course want to repeat that course to improve their application GPA. The second grade will be the grade calculated in the GPA, even if it is a lower grade. Note: Retaking a course for which you made a C or better is not considered a "repeat".

How many times can a course required for the BSN be repeated?

One time. Students must successfully complete all course work for the degree with a "C" or better by the second attempt. Students who exceed the repeat policy may still apply to the BSN, attaching a letter addressed to the APG Committee explaining their situation.

I am returning to college after ten years. Will my previous credits count toward the BSN degree?

Yes, EXCEPT for anatomy (ANAT-A 215), physiology (PHSL-P 215), microbiology (MICR-J 200/201). If these courses were completed more than 7 years before admission to the BSN degree, you must repeat the courses.

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?

Yes. Consider the Hospital Shadowing course (COAS-S 100). This one credit hour course gives you an opportunity to shadow health care professional 3 hours per week at Clark Memorial Hospital. Contact the pre-nursing advisor for more information about this course.

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.

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