Before starting the application process, review the BSN Admission Criteria.

The following must be completed in order to be considered for admission to The University of South Dakota Nursing Program.

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

Step 2: Pre-Admission Testing
Applicants must complete the HESI nursing entrance exam prior to the application deadline.

Step 3: Application to the Nursing Program
Fall admission deadline: Feb. 1
Spring admission deadline: Aug. 1
Late applications will be accepted on a space available basis until June 1 for fall and Oct. 1 for spring admissions. Contact your nursing advisor for more information

Prerequisite courses must be completed or be enrolled in at the time of application to the Nursing Program.

The following items must be completed and recieved on or before midnight on the deadline in order to be given full consideration: 


Pre-Requisite Courses

Additional Required Information
Three References
(work or school related)

  • Send the BSN Nursing Reference Summary to individuals providing a reference.
  • 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 due date.**

Your application is considered complete only when all required documents are received. If you have questions regarding the application or the application process, please call 605-658-5600, email Beth Melstad at or contact your Advisor

There is no fee to submit the University of South Dakota Nursing Application. However, if you are admitted to the BSN 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 & 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 the Director of Disability Services:

119B Service Center North, USD
Vermillion, SD 57069
Phone: 605-677-6389
Fax: 605-677-3172