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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 cumulative GPA of 2.7 in prerequisite B.S.N. courses
  • A grade of C or above is required for all prerequisite coursework
  • Students may repeat one of the following science courses one time within the last five years to be considered for admission to the B.S.N. program: CHEM 106/106L; PHGY 220/220L; PHGY 230/230L; and MICRO 230/232
  • HESI Admission Assessment Exam (A2) is required. You must have a cumulative HESI Admission Assessment Exam score of at least 80 percent to be admitted

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  • A complete application for the nursing program must be received by the published deadlines

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Criminal background checks and drug screening must be completed upon conditional acceptance. Admission is competitive and the number of students admitted is limited by the number of faculty and clinical facilities available. Applications to multiple Department of Nursing sites will be considered by the rank order noted on your application.

Students are admitted to a specific nursing program site. You may request to transfer to another site 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. Falsification of information or documentation will be considered grounds for dismissal from the nursing program. Admission or graduation from the program does not guarantee obtaining a license to practice. Licensure requirements and subsequent procedures are the exclusive right and responsibility of the state boards regulating professional practice.

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