Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program
If you’ve got a passion for working on the front lines of health care, UIndy's nursing program will train you to be a skilled nursing professional who can make an important impact on the lives of patients. You’ll receive excellent clinical instruction and a broad background in nursing, the physical and behavioral sciences, and the humanities.
Curious about the future of nursing? Numerous reports, including the Bureau of Labor Statistics, confirm the growing demand for nurses who hold at least a bachelor's degree. The profession also holds one of the highest starting salaries for new graduates, whether you wish to work in a hospital, doctor's office, or other outpatient facility.
- You’ll complete three years of clinical nursing courses, with supervised, real-world training in a wide variety of health care facilities
- Lab simulation experiences built in to each course provide a safe environment for you to practice vital decision-making skills in real medical scenarios
- 8:1 student-to-instructor ratio in clinical groups guarantee you’ll receive personal attention as you practice basic and advanced nursing techniques
- Courses are taught by active nurse practitioners who are experts in current issues and the latest technological advances in nursing
Potential careers in nursing
Nurses can choose from a variety of career directions, and often have opportunities to advance into leadership positions. As a nurse, you may find yourself in one of the following settings:
- Medical centers and community hospitals
- Specialty care centers
- Hospice care
- Occupational health facilities
- Community health agencies
- Home health agencies
Once you have completed your bachelor's degree, you can focus on any specialty area in nursing through graduate-level nursing programs. Here are just a few of the many specialty areas of practice:
- Pediatric nursing
- Women’s health
- Critical care
- Community health nursing
- Oncology nursing
- Neonatal nursing
- Geriatric nursing
- Mental health nursing
Nursing might be for you if:
- You have a strong passion for medicine and the health sciences
- You are a nurturer by nature
- You have a heart for meeting the specialized needs of patients, even if it means working long hours
- You function well in a detail-oriented, fast-paced environment that requires constant interaction
Admission to the BSN program
High school prerequisites
All applicants to the BSN program need to have completed at least two semesters of high school biology, two semesters of high school chemistry, eight semesters of high school English, six semesters of math (such as algebra I and II, geometry, and/or calculus), and a modern language class such as Spanish, French or German.
Application for clinical courses
Once you have been accepted to UIndy, you will be assigned to a nursing faculty advisor who will help you plan the courses you’ll need to take your freshman year. Then, you must apply mid-February to mid-April of your freshman year to be admitted to fall clinical courses and mid-July to mid-August for winter clinicals.
Consideration for admission to the clinical phase is based on the following criteria:
- Completion of all freshman year courses, with a cumulative GPA of 2.82 or higher
- A minimum grade of C in all science and math prerequisites
- Completion of the Kaplan Admission Test (this must be done each time an application is submitted)
* Please note that admission is competitive and fulfillment of the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance.
Transfer student application for clinical courses
Once you have been accepted to UIndy, your college transcript will need to be assessed to determine if you have completed all nursing prerequisites. You will not be able to apply for nursing clinicals until all nursing prerequisites are complete. To determine if all prerequisites have been met, you will need to contact Karen Childers at 317-788-3244 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Once all nursing prerequisites are complete, you must apply mid-February to mid-April to be considered for fall clinical admission, or mid-July to mid-August for winter clinical admission.
Consideration for admission to the clinical phase requires a cumulative GPA of 2.82 or higher in all nursing prerequisite courses, as well as completion of the criteria listed above for traditional applicants.
*Please note that admission is competitive and fulfillment of the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance.
Curriculum & program schedule
The outlines all the classes you will need to complete the program, including nursing-specific general education classes, math and science prerequisites and clinical courses. This will help you plan your courses and track your progress. The four-year Nursing plan gives you an overview of how you can complete the program in four years.
In addition, the general education curriculum guide will list your options to fulfill UIndy’s general education requirements in areas where courses have not been designated for nursing degree–seeking students.