The following must be completed in order to be considered for admission to the nursing program.
Step 1: Apply to USD
Students must be admitted to USD prior to the nursing application deadline. 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.
Apply to USD
Step 2: Complete Pre-Admission Testing
Applicants must complete the Health Education Systems Incorporated Admission Assessment Exam (HESI) prior to the application deadline.
All applicants to the nursing program are required to take the Health Education Systems Incorporated Admission Assessment Exam (HESI A2), designed to evaluate and predict the academic potential of nursing candidates. Applicants will be allowed to take the HESI exam twice within an application cycle. It is recommended you wait at least two weeks between test dates. Contact your advisor to schedule a re-test date.
A minimum cumulative score of 80 percent is required. Each individual HESI component score will be evaluated, but of the component scores, the reading score will be given the highest emphasis.
Candidates will be tested on:
- English (reading, vocabulary, grammar)
- Math (basic math skills)
- Science (knowledge related to anatomy and physiology)
Paying for the HESI
Only prospective students who have confirmed payment will be allowed to test. Our HESI information guide provides:
- Instructions to create and log into a student Evolve account
- Detailed exam payment instructions
- Exam Review Guide
Students are highly encouraged to purchase the following publication in preparation for testing:
Elsevier: HESI: Admission Assessment Exam Review
(order by the correct ISBN)
Testing Session Registration
The nursing program has arranged group HESI testing sessions in Vermillion and Sioux Falls for $50. Space is limited in each section.
If you are unable to attend one of the testing sessions, you can use our online proctoring service Examity for an additional charge. For information on Examity or if you have questions, contact 605-658-5600.
Register for the HESI in Vermillion
Register for the HESI in Sioux Falls
If you are a prospective student with a disability and need accommodations during the entrance testing, please contact the director of Disability Services at least seven days before the testing date at:
North Complex Commons, 116
University of South Dakota
Vermillion, S.D. 57069
(605) 658-3745 | Fax: 605-677-3172
The USD Academic misconduct policy 1.017 applies to any student caught cheating on the admission HESI exam.
Step 3: Apply to the Nursing Program
Spring admission deadline: Sept. 1
Fall admission deadline: Feb. 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 received on or before midnight on the deadline in order to be given full consideration:
Apply to the B.S.N. Program
Students who have been enrolled in a nursing program at USD or any other institution will be evaluated for selection into the nursing program on a case-by-case basis. Students must provide a copy of their transcripts and a written explanation for their departure. Failure to disclose the above information will result in either denial of admission or expulsion from the nursing program. Submit documents to Nursing Students Services at email@example.com or to your advisor.
Step 4: Complete General Education Coursework Spreadsheet
Download and complete the appropriate course spreadsheet found on the Nursing Portal page (MyUSD login required). Please email the completed document to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional Required Information
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 or contact your advisor.
There is no fee to submit the USD nursing application. However, if you are admitted to the B.S.N. program and accept the conditional offer of admission, you will be required to complete additional requirements and will be responsible for all expenses incurred.
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