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Pre-Nursing Students or Students Changing Major (entered IUB prior to summer 2011)

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The information on this page is for IUB students who have been attending IUB prior to summer 2011 ONLY - if you are a new IUB student beginning summer 2011 or after, please refer to the Prospective Student webpage.

NEWS

New admission criteria for IUB (Bloomington) IUPUI ( Indianapolis) and IUPUC (Columbus) Spring 2012 and Fall 2012

ATI TEAS V Information for IUB Students (applying for Spring 2012 at IUPUI)

 

QUICK LINKS

2011-2012 Pre-Licensure BSN Handbook

ATI Testing Website

IU Health Bloomington Hospital Shadowing Program

IUPUI Permanent Intercampus Transfer Form

IUSON Course Information
Nursing Cluster List sorted by cluster (PDF)
Nursing Cluster List sorted alphabetically (PDF)

Students may apply once a year for admission to the BSN major on the Bloomington campus. The Bloomington program admits approximately 60 students to the BSN major each fall. Students apply online for fall admission during the spring semester (from January 15th – March 15th). If a student is admitted to Nursing on the IU Bloomington campus, the student will be completing 3 more years of Nursing courses – all on the Bloomington campus.

Bloomington students may also apply for admission to the BSN major at Indianapolis (IUPUI), Columbus (IUPUC) and regional campuses around the state. IUPUI admits 80-90 students each fall and spring and IUPUC admits approximately 20 students. (Typically 500-600 applications are received between IUB & IUPUI campuses.) Students need to submit only one application to apply to both the Bloomington and IUPUI campuses. Students from Bloomington who wish to apply at campuses other than Bloomington, Indianapolis or Columbus must contact the advisor at these other campuses to ensure they are meeting campus-specific admission policies. It is not necessary for Bloomington students to contact IUPUI and IUPUC advisors since students who meet admission requirements at IUB also meet admission requirements at IUPUI and IUPUC (and vice versa). Currently only the IUPUI and South Bend campuses regularly admit students to the BSN major twice per year (spring and fall).

Please note that students applying to a campus other than the one they are currently attending must contact their Student Office of Financial Assistance as soon as possible to determine if scholarships or financial aid will transfer. Students must also complete the permanent intercampus transfer form by the School of Nursing application deadline (for IUB/IUPUI/IUPUC) or the new campus’s established transfer deadline.


Admission Requirements

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Admission to the School of Nursing at IUB, IUPUI, and IUPUC is extremely competitive. All courses counting toward admission must have a grade of C or higher. Admission to the IUB School of Nursing is based upon the following criteria:

IU Cumulative GPA: Students must have a minimum of 2.7 IU GPA at the time of application.

Nursing Application GPA: Students must have a minimum of 3.0 nursing application GPA at the time of application. The nursing application GPA is calculated from the 29–31 credit hours that students list on the nursing application. These courses/credits must include: Anatomy (5 credits); Finite Math or Calculus (3–4 credits); an additional critical/analytical/science course (3-5 credits); Elementary Composition (3 credits); Introductory Psychology (3 credits); and Introductory Sociology (3 credits). The remaining credit hours will be selected from the approved list of general education courses. Students who have been a student on the IUB campus prior to summer 2011 will use the IUSON Cluster Course List.

Science GPA (50% of admission score): The grades from Anatomy, Finite Math (or Calculus) and critical/analytical/science course will determine 50% of the admission score.

General Education GPA (30% of admission score): The General Education GPA will be determined by the grades from the remaining courses listed on the nursing application. Included are Elementary Composition, Introductory Psychology, Introductory Sociology, and 2–4 general education courses.

Pre-Admission TEAS V Test (20% of admission score): Students will take a preadmission TEAS V test (Test of Essential Academic Skills). The composite score is worth 20% toward the nursing admission score. Students may take the exam no more than two times within a two year period, and the test must be taken no later than one week prior to the application deadline to the School of Nursing. More details will be provided during the Mandatory Application Information Sessions in September and also in the 2011–2012 Pre-Nursing Handbook.

Chemistry: There are two ways to satisfy the chemistry requirement for the nursing application. (1) If a student has completed two semesters or trimesters (or one year) of high school chemistry—with a grade of C or above in each term—the student may submit the high school transcript to the IUSON to verify the chemistry grade and satisfy the chemistry requirement, or (2) a student may use a college chemistry course (lecture and discussion only) if the student earned a grade of C or above in the course. The college chemistry could also count toward the critical/analytical/science credit. The chemistry requirement must be less than 7 years old at the time of admission to the School of Nursing.

Note: More detailed information is available in the 2011- 2012 Pre-Nursing Handbook, which is posted on the IU Bloomington Nursing homepage. The Indiana University School of Nursing reserves the right to make changes in the admission criteria. Meeting all admission criteria for the School of Nursing does not guarantee admission. If you have questions about the admission criteria, please contact a School of Nursing advisor to schedule an appointment. Contact information is on the Advisors page

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Admission is Competitive: Admission to the nursing program on the Bloomington campus is extremely competitive; 60 students are admitted to the nursing program for each fall term. Approximately 300 applications are submitted each year. Admission is based upon grades and a pre-admission exam. While the minimum nursing application GPA required to apply is 3.0, the actual nursing GPA for admitted students is considerably higher. Statistics show that students who invest at least 30 hours outside of class on academics (e.g., studying, reading, getting help when needed, etc.) for every 15 hours spent in class are more successful than students who invest less time. If you choose not to follow this advice, be aware that you may be making a decision to be less competitive for admission to the School of Nursing than you might otherwise be!



Advising Appointments

We strongly encourage any student who is interested in changing their major to Nursing to contact a nursing advisor for an advising appointment.The advisors meet with students by appointment only. The advisor will need to review your IU transcript prior to your appointment. To schedule an appointment, either email one of the advisors or call 812-855-1736 or 812-855-6875.



IUSON General Education Clusters Information

1. Critical/Analytical/Science Cluster
Courses in the Critical/Analytical/Science cluster are specifically identified to assist the student in: 1) understanding and using a purposeful thought process in order to accurately interpret nursing problems, 2) evaluate information in determining probable validity and reliability and relevance to problems at hand, 3) make inferences that avoid faulty reasoning and promote decision making, 4) explain and define reasoning supporting decisions/conclusions, and 5) monitor thought processes of self and others for correcting decision processes.

The Critical/Analytical/Science cluster requires the completion of twenty credit hours of approved courses for the degree. Fourteen credit hours are specified through Anatomy (ANAT-A 215), Physiology (PHSL-P 215), and Microorganisms in Nature and Disease (Microbiology) lecture & lab (BIOL-M 200 + BIOL-M 215). Three credit hours come from an approved C/A/S cluster course. Students must also take Finite Math or a 200 level Calculus course.

Students who have not fulfilled the high school chemistry requirement must take a college chemistry course (which may be used to fulfill the Critical/Analytical/Science cluster). The required science and math courses (Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, and Finite Math) must be less than seven years old at the time of application. This rule also applies to Chemistry.


Math Requirement
Students applying to the School of Nursing must take Finite Math (MATH-A 118, MATH-D 116 and MATH-D 117, MATH-M 118 or MATH-V 118 “Finite Math for Social and Biological Sciences” topic only). Calculus I (MATH-M 211) or Accelerated Calculus (MATH-M 213) is also accepted.

Chemistry Requirement
Students who have not completed two semesters (or trimesters) of high school chemistry with a “C” or above in each semester (or trimester) are required to take a college chemistry course prior to admission to the nursing major. Recommended courses are: CHEM-C 100 or CHEM-C 101 (lecture and discussion only – lab is optional). (Please note: If a student is using high school chemistry to fulfill the chemistry requirement for the nursing application, the grades received in high school must be at least a C and the grades are not calculated into the nursing GPA on the application.)

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2. Communication Cluster
Courses in the Communication cluster are important to the development of an accurate understanding of the written and spoken word. This cluster of courses also emphasizes the use of technology in managing, transferring, and enhancing the use and sharing of information.

The Communication cluster requires the completion of six credit hours of approved courses for the degree. Three of these credits are specified as Elementary Composition), while the student is able to choose the remaining three credits from the communication cluster course lists.

• Foreign language credit determined by placement testing can also be counted as communication cluster credit as long as the credit appears on the student’s transcript.
• American Sign Language and 100 - 200 level foreign language classes will count in this cluster.

3. Social Competence Cluster
IUSON general education courses in the Social Competence cluster, combined with nursing course work, will provide the student with 1) competencies consistent with the ability to manage human experience, 2) fiscal and material resources, 3) an understanding of the political and legal process governing the laws and policies shaping health and well-being, and 4) an appreciation for existing community resources and the defining of additional resources.

The Social Competence cluster requires the completion of nine credit hours of approved courses for the degree. Six of these credits are specified through Introductory Psychology (PSY-P 101*, PSY-P 102*, PSY-P 155 or PSY-P 106) and Introduction to Sociology (SOC-S 100), Social Problems and Policies (SOC-S 101) or Society & the Individual (SOC-S 230). The remaining three credits can be met by any course listed as an approved School of Nursing Social Competence Cluster course. *signifies best options.

4. Cultural Diversity Cluster
IUSON general education courses in the Cultural Diversity cluster allow students to develop 1) an understanding of and an appreciation for the diversity within and among cultures, 2) how these differences shape values and beliefs, and 3) how these beliefs affect behaviors of individuals, families, and societies.

The Cultural Diversity cluster requires the completion of six credit hours of approved courses for the degree, chosen from the School of Nursing Cultural Diversity Cluster list. A student may take one or two cultural diversity courses prior to admission but credits in this cluster are not required to apply to the School of Nursing.

5. Humanistic Appreciation Cluster
The Humanistic Appreciation cluster is important in developing an understanding of human nature and helps students develop a strong sense of aesthetics. A student may take one Arts and Humanities course prior to admission but credits in this cluster are not required to apply to the School of Nursing.

For students matriculating IUB prior to summer 2011, the Humanistic Appreciation cluster requires the completion of three credit hours of approved courses for the degree. This requirement can be met by any course listed as an approved School of Nursing Humanistic Appreciation cluster course.

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Helpful Links and PDFs

IUB Campus Offices and Resources

University Division New Students Website (First year Advising and Orientation
IUB Bursar's Office (Fees and Tuition)
Office of the Registrar (Student Academic Information - Schedule of Classes, Course Information, Policies)
Office of Student Financial Assistance (Scholarships, Loans, FAFSA information)

 

IUB School of Nursing Resources

Advising Appointments

2011-2012 Pre-Licensure BSN Handbook

IUSON Cluster Course Lists (sorted by cluster) - only for students who matriculate IUB prior to summer 2011

IUSON Cluster Course Lists (sorted alpahbetically) - only for students who matriculate IUB prior to summer 2011

New admission criteria for IUB (Bloomington), IUPUI (Indianapolis) and IUPUC (Columbus) Spring 2012 and Fall 2012

Sample BSN Curriculum

Nursing Departmental Honors Program

IUSON Essential Abillities Policy

IUSON Computer Policy

IU School of Nursing Scholarships

IUB Health Professions and Pre-Law Center (for Plan B)

2012 Occupational Outlook Handbook

 

 

OneStart IU Schedule of Classes A-Z Big List

 

 

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