Accelerated Option BSN: Sioux Falls
Prior to applying to the nursing major, students must apply for admission to SDSU. The number of students accepted to enroll in the 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.
Prior educational preparation
- Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution prior to the end of SDSU's fall session/semester.
- Completion of all pre-nursing and required university core courses by the end of SDSU's fall session/semester.
At the time of application deadline, students must have grades in at least five of the nine required pre-nursing courses. Students can have a combined maximum of eight credits of required university core and pre-nursing courses to complete in fall before entering the program. All other required courses must be completed by the end of summer semester.
For students entering the University under the SDSU 2008-‐09 Undergraduate Catalog and later, the following admission criteria will apply:
- To be considered for admission to the Nursing Major, students must have a 2.8 cumulative GPA or higher, a 3.0 pre-‐nursing GPA or higher, and a grade of "C" or higher in all completed required pre-‐requisite courses. (The pre-‐nursing GPA is calculated based on grades received in the following pre-‐nursing courses: CHEM 106/106L or 112/112L, 108/108L or 114/114L; MICR 231/231L; BIOL 221/221L, 325/325L; PSYC 101; one of the following: SOC 100, 150, or 240; NUTR315; and PSYC 221 or HDFS 210; PSYC 371.
- Students who have received a "D" or "F" in two or more of the pre-‐nursing science courses (CHEM 106/106L Chemistry Survey or 112/112L Gen Chemistry I; CHEM 108/108L Organic/Biochemistry or 114/114L Gen Chemistry II; MICR 231/231L Microbiology; BIOL 221/221L Anatomy; BIOL 325/325L Physiology) within the past five years, will not be admitted to the Nursing Major.
- Students who have received a "D" or "F" in one pre-‐nursing course (CHEM 106/106L Chemistry Survey or 112/112L Gen Chemistry I; CHEM 108/108L Organic/Biochemistry or 114/114L Gen Chemistry II; BIOL331/331L Microbiology; BIOL 221/221L Anatomy; BIOL 325/325L Physiology; PSYC 101 General Psychology; NUTR315 Human Nutrition; PSYC 221 Lifespan Developmental Psychology or HDFS 210 Lifespan Development (SDSU); one of the following: SOC 100 Intro to Sociology, 150 Social Problems, or 240 Sociology 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 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 before entering the program.
All completed courses from institutions other than SDSU need to be transferred SDSU prior to applying to the Accelerated Option (this includes courses completed during the Spring semester prior to application). Following completion of any courses still in progress at the time of application to the Accelerated Option, applicants must have the Registrar submit an official transcript in the original sealed envelope to NursingCAS. All transcripts of
Fall classes must be received by January1 and Summer transcripts by September 1 to SDSU.
Note: Any courses required for admission to the Accelerated Option that the applicant plans to enroll in during the summer/fall MUST be approved by the Accelerated Option Program Academic Advisor.
Applicants must meet the Technical Standards for admission to, progression in, and completion of the Accelerated Option.
Qualified applicants are offered admittance on a provisional basis
Applicants must continue to meet all grade point and course completion Eligibility Requirements. Prior to beginning the program you must also have met the drug screen, Federal Background Check, immunizations, health insurance, and laptop computer requirements. Failure to do so will result in program dismissal.
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.
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
Students who have been enrolled in a previous program, and have failed a nursing course, will not be admitted to the Accelerated Option. 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).
All students seeking admission into a nursing program in the College of Nursing at South Dakota State University must undergo a drug screen.