Applicants will be evaluated for conditional acceptance based on the following criteria:

  • Unconditional admission to USD (i.e. student is not on probationary status)
  • A minimum 2.7 GPA is required for all post-high school coursework with an emphasis on coursework within last five years.
  • A grade of C or above is required for all general coursework
  • Complete application for the USD Nursing Program must be submitted by the published deadlines.
  • HESI Admission Assessment Exam (A2) is required. A minimum cumulative HESI pre-admission assessment test score of 80% is required. Each individual HESI component score will be evaluated. Applicant may re-test once in an admission cycle. Only current admission cycle HESI scores will be considered. Please check USD Nursing HESI Requirements for additional information.
  • Criminal background self-disclosure with written explanation of any charges and, if applicable, course documents associated with the criminal background self-disclosure form must be submitted in the application.

Admission is competitive. The number of students admitted is limited by the number of faculty and clinical facilities available. Applications to multiple USD Nursing sites will be considered by the rank order noted on your application. Students are admitted to a specific nursing program site. Transfer to another site may occur upon request under special circumstances and upon approval and recommendation of the Nursing Admissions and Progression Committee.

Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance. The Nursing Department reserves the right to deny admission based on the best interest of the profession. Failure to disclose previous or pending convictions may lead to denial of admission. An applicant with a felony will not be admitted to any USD Nursing program and other convictions may result in denial of acceptance to the program and/or eligibility for the Registered Nurse (RN) licensure. Falsification of information or documentation will be considered grounds for dismissal from the University of South Dakota Nursing Program. Admission or graduation from the nursing program does not guarantee obtaining a license to practice. Licensure requirements and subsequent procedures are exclusive right and responsibility of the state boards regulating professional practice.

After conditional acceptance and before applicants are fully admitted to the program, applicants must meet the Nursing Terms of Acceptance.