Application Instructions: Online RN-to-BSN Program

We are accepting applicatons for the Fall 2015 RN-to-BSN program. The deadline is Monday, August 18.

Students are admitted to the RN-to-BSN program to begin courses in the fall, spring and summer semesters. You are encouraged to apply anytime.
1. Admission

Your application to the USF School of Nursing serves as your Application for Admission to the University of Sioux Falls.

2. Application for RN-to-BSN Program
Complete the USF School of Nursing RN-to-BSN Admission Application. Every field on the application is required. You may complete the application online using Adobe Acrobat Reader or by hand. Print the form, sign it and date it.

3. Request Official Transcripts
Request official transcript(s) from high school and every college or university you have attended to be sent directly to the USF School of Nursing. Official transcripts must be received in a sealed envelope and contain the embossed seal of the college or university and the facsimile signature of the Registrar. Faxed copies are not considered official .

If you have been previously admitted to the University of Sioux Falls, you need only request official transcripts for transfer courses not already recorded on your USF transcript.

4. Essay Question
Please provide your 300-400 word response in a typed, double-spaced document written on a separate sheet of paper.

  1. Describe some of your experiences that you believe contribute to your success within the nursing profession, including life experiences, work experiences and community involvement and your decision to pursue your baccalaureate degree in nursing. 

The essay response should be an example of your best writing ability. Criteria used for rating the essay will include:
     • Clear expression of thought 
     • Grammar/sentence structure/spelling/overall appearance 
     • Thorough discussion of essay topic

5. Three Professional References
All applicants are required to supply three Professional Reference Forms. Reference forms should be from an instructor, employer or a member of a helping profession – clergy members, nurses, counselors or former college teachers (relatives and friends are not appropriate). Each form must be signed by the person giving the reference, placed in an envelope and signed again across the sealed envelope flap.

6. Submit Application Packet
Place your signed and dated application form, typed essay question and three sealed and signed reference forms in one large envelope and mail it to the following:  

USF School of Nursing
1101 W 22nd St
Sioux Falls, SD  57105

Contact the USF School of Nursing at (605) 331-6771 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  if you have questions.