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Eligibility Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Prior to applying to the Professional Nursing Major, students must apply for admission to SDSU. The number of students accepted to enroll in the Professional Nursing Major may vary depending upon available clinical facilities, qualified faculty, and funds. Selection is made from among the best qualified for the study and practice of nursing.

For students entering the University under the 2008-09 Undergraduate Catalog and later, the following admission criteria will apply:

  • To be considered for admission to the Professional Nursing Major, students must have a 2.7 cumulative GPA or higher, a 2.7 pre-nursing GPA or higher, and a grade of "C" or higher in all completed required pre-requisite courses. (The foundational nursing GPA is calculated based on grades received in the following foundational nursing courses: CHEM 106/106L or 112/112L, 108/108L or 114/114L; MICR 231/231L; BIOL 221/221L, 325/325L; PSYC 101; SOC 100, 150, or 240; NUTR 315; HDFS 210.)
  • Students who have received a "D" or "F" in two or more of the foundational nursing science courses (CHEM 106/106L Chem Survey or 112/112L Gen Chem I; CHEM 108/108L Organic/Biochem or 114/114L Gen Chem II; MICR 231/231L General Microbiology; BIOL 221/221L Anatomy; BIOL 325/325L Physiology) within the past five years, will not be admitted to the Professional Nursing Major.
  • Students who have received a "D" or "F" in one foundational nursing course (CHEM 106/106L Chem Survey or 112/112L Gen Chem I; CHEM 108/108L Organic/Biochem or 114/114L Gen Chem II; MICR 231/231L General Microbiology; BIOL 221/221L Anatomy; BIOL 325/325L Physiology; PSYC 101 General Psychology; NUTR 315 Human Nutrition; HDFS 210 Lifespan Development; one of the following: SOC 100 Intro to Soc, 150 Social Problems, or 240 Soc of Rural America), repeated and received a "D" or "F" in the same course a second time, within the past five years, will not be admitted to the Professional Nursing Major.
  • Students who have taken Anatomy or Physiology more than seven years prior to their admission date will be required to update these courses.

Non-native speakers of English

The College of Nursing requires all students who meet the definition of student with English as a Second Language to complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or an accepted substitute. English as a Second Language is defined as a student who was instructed and spoke primarily in a language other than English in the K-12 grades or primary and secondary schooling. The minimum TOEFL score required for admission to the nursing major is 84 (iBT), with a minimum speaking score of 26. The required IELTS band score for admission to the nursing major is 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each module. The TOEFL or IELTS is required for all students for whom English is a second language, regardless of residency status. These scores are required before the student will be accepted into the major.  
 

Background checks

All students seeking admission into a nursing program in the College of Nursing must submit Federal and supplemental criminal background checks. Admission to a program is conditional based on the results of the background check. The required background check is based on requirements for licensure as a registered nurse in South Dakota (South Dakota Nurse Practice Act, SD Codified Law Chapter 36-9-97). If you have been convicted, pled guilty or no contest to, or received a suspended imposition of sentence for a felony or other criminal offence (excluding minor traffic violations), you are advised that it may not be possible for you to be accepted into the major at South Dakota State University. Students may also be prevented from taking the required licensure exam for registered nurses, and may be prevented from gaining employment in the field of nursing.
 

Transfer from another nursing program

Transfer students who have begun but not completed a nursing program at another college or university must submit a letter to the College of Nursing indicating their reason for transfer. They must also apply for admission to SDSU, as well as to the College of Nursing. Three letters of recommendation must also be submitted to the College of Nursing (one from the dean/director of their former program and two from faculty members).