Traditional BS Degree in Nursing

Degree in eight semesters. Career for life.

You can obtain your bachelor's degree in nursing by completing courses over an 8-semester period. That means you're just four years away from a career that gives back just as much as you put into it. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of registered nurses will continue to grow 19 percent until 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. An aging population and a high number of RNs nearing retirement will help keep you in demand.

Program Highlights

  • Extensive clinical experience with patient contact throughout the program
  • Clinical experiences in all areas of nursing practice and across the life-span in state-of-the-art facilities
  • Nursing courses in a nurturing, Christian-based environment that respects the value and potential of each student
  • Use of simulation technology in classroom and clinical rotations. Students are required to have a laptop computer.

Prerequisite Courses

The following courses must be completed before full admission into the USF School of Nursing:

  • Human Anatomy with lab
  • Human Physiology with lab
  • General Chemistry with lab
  • Organic or Biochemistry with lab

Admission Requirements

  • Apply to University of Sioux Falls (must be admitted before applying to the USF School of Nursing.)
  • Apply to the USF School of Nursing (includes essay)
  • Three professional references
  • Approved background check
  • Minimum of 2.75 cumulative high-school
  • Minimum of 2.75 cumulative college GPA
  • Required ACT score of 20 (preferred ACT score of 22)
  • Minimum of 12 post-high school credits
  • Minimum of one semester of college work post high-school before applying
  • High school or introductory college-level biology
  • Personal interview may be requested

Early Admission Policy

Attention High School Students! Students admitted to the University of Sioux Falls their freshman year may apply and be admitted to the USF School of Nursing at the same time if they meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum of 3.5 high school cumulative GPA
  • Minimum ACT score of 24

As a college freshman, you must successfully complete (minimum grade of C-) the four prerequisite courses and possess a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA at the end of your first year in order to enter the program the fall of your second year.

If you are a high school student and meet this criteria, please complete the Early Admit Application.

Supporting Courses

There are required supporting courses for the nursing major. These courses are in addition to the Liberal Arts Core. A minimum grade of C- is required in the following required supporting courses:

  • Microbiology with lab
  • Human Nutrition
  • General Psychology
  • Human Growth and Development or Developmental Psychology

Traditional Nursing Application Process

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