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Department of Baccalaureate Nursing

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The Baccalaureate Nursing Program at Indiana State University admitted its first class of students in September 1963. Currently, the program is housed in two nursing departments in the School of Nursing within the College of Health and Human Services. The baccalaureate degree is recognized as the basic preparation for professional nursing practice and prepares the graduate as a generalist. 

Graduates are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) for entry into practice as a registered nurse. 

Baccalaureate nursing education is foundational for graduate study in nursing.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree combines theory and clinical nursing courses, required cognate courses, Foundational Studies courses and electives. 

Our on-campus program offers two tracks: Traditional four-year and Accelerated 2nd degree.

There are two application cycles (spring and fall) each year for our Traditional Four-year Track and Admission is competitive.
Applicants are ranked using three criteria:

  • Overall cumulative GPA from all institutions;
  • Science GPA (anatomy, physiology, chemistry, microbiology and their accompanying labs); and
  • Admission exam scores.

Averages for recently admitted students are:

  • Overall Cumulative GPA from All Institutions: 3.62
  • Science GPA: 3.48

There is one application cycle annually for our Accelerated 2nd Degree Track for students who have earned a Bachelor’s in another field.
Applicants are ranked using three criteria:

  • Cumulative pre-requisite course GPA
  • Science GPA (anatomy, physiology, chemistry, microbiology and their accompanying labs); and
  • Admission exam scores.

Averages for recently admitted students are:

  • Cumulative Pre-Requisite Course GPA: 3.39
  • Science GPA: 3.26

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