Before starting the application process, make sure you meet the Associate of Science (AS) in Nursing admission criteria.

The following must be completed in order to be considered for admission:

Step 1: Admission to USD
Student must be admitted to USD prior to the Nursing application deadline. To apply,  complete the online application or call 1-877-269-6837. Official transcripts are required. To ensure a timely review of the admission materials, it is recommended you apply by Jan. 15 if applying for fall semester admission. 

Step 2: Pre-Admission Testing
Applicants must complete the HESI nursing entrance exam prior to the application deadline. Test scores will be submitted directly to the program.

Step 3: Application to the Nursing Program
Fall admission deadline: Feb. 1

The following items must be COMPLETED and RECEIVED on or before midnight on the due date in order to be given full consideration. 


Pre-Requisite Courses

Additional Required Information
Three References (work- or education-related)

Students who have been enrolled in a Nursing program other than USD are eligible for selection into the USD Nursing program as long as they have left the previous program in good standing. One reference must be from the previous nursing chairperson, director or designee.  
    *It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure all references are submitted on or before the due date.**

There is no fee to submit your application. However, if you are admitted to the AS program and accept the conditional offer of admission, you will be required to complete a background check and drug screen through Verified Credentials, Inc., submit a deposit to USD to hold your position in the program, as well as become compliant with all USD Nursing and Health Sciences requirements (immunizations, CPR, physical exam, etc.). The applicant will be responsible for all expenses incurred. See Nursing terms of acceptance

If you are a prospective student with a disability and need assistance or accommodations during the admission/application process or require this document in an alternative format, please contact:

Director of Disability Services
119B Service Center North
University of South Dakota
Vermillion, SD 57069
605-677-6389 | Fax: 605-677-3172