Before starting the application process, review the B.S.N. admission criteria.

The following must be completed in order to be considered for admission to the nursing program.

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 (877) 269-6837. Official transcripts will be required. To ensure a timely review of the admission materials, it is recommended you apply by Jan. 15 for fall semester nursing classes or July 15 for spring semester.

Pre-Admission Testing

Applicants must complete the HESI nursing entrance exam prior to the application deadline.

Application to the Nursing Program

Fall admission deadline: Feb. 1, 2017
Spring admission deadline: Sept. 1, 2017

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 received on or before midnight on the deadline in order to be given full consideration: 


Prerequisite Courses

Additional Required Information

Three References (work or school-related)

  • Send the B.S.N. nursing reference summary to individuals providing a reference.
  • Students who have been enrolled in a nursing program other than at USD are eligible for selection into the 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.

The 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 or contact your advisor. 

There is no fee to submit the USD 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. and 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.

View 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
Vermillion, SD 57069
Phone: 605-677-6389
Fax: 605-677-3172