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IUB students (who have taken IUB courses prior to summer 2011), please refer to the Pre-Nursing Student Page


Fall 2012 Mandatory Application Information Meeting dates

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 Fall 2012)



ATI Testing Website

IU Health Bloomington Hospital Shadowing Program

IUPUI Permanent Intercampus Transfer Form

BSN Planning Guide - Information for Prospective Students & Parents

2011-2012 Pre-Licensure BSN Handbook

2011-2012 IUSON and IUB GenEd Course Lists

Students may apply once a year for admission to the Pre-Licensure Bachelors of Science in Nursing 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).

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 or the new campus’s established deadline.


Admission Requirements

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 new to the IUB campus beginning summer 2011 will use the IUSON and IUB General Education Course List. (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 to 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.

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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. Criteria other than grades are also considered in the application process. 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!

Transfer Students

The nursing admission requirements are the same for IU Bloomington, IUPUI and IUPUC but they may vary for the regional campuses. Applicants for admission at IUB, IUPUI and IUPC are placed into one of three categories listed below.

Category A – CORE Campus Applicants - IUB (Bloomington), IUPUI (Indianapolis) and IUPUC (Columbus): Indiana University students who have taken at least 51% of their pre-nursing course hours listed on their application at the Indiana University campus to which they are applying. Students are considered to be in Category A for the Bloomington, Indianapolis and Columbus campuses, if they have earned at least 51% of their pre- nursing course credits listed on their application at IUB (Bloomington), IUPUC (Columbus), or IUPUI (Indianapolis).

Category B – INTERCAMPUS TRANSFERS: Students who have taken at least 51% of their pre-nursing course work on an Indiana University campus other than IUB, IUPUI or IUPUC where they are applying, but now wish to change campus sites for the completion of the nursing major.

Category C – TRANSFER Students: Students who have taken at least 51% of their pre-nursing course work outside the Indiana University educational system who now wish to complete their nursing major at either IUB (Bloomington), IUPUI (Indianapolis) or IUPUC (Columbus).

IMPORTANT NOTE: Priority for admission will be given to all qualified applicants in Category A before considering qualified applicants from Category B and Category C. In recent years all available spots in the nursing program on the Bloomington and IUPUI campuses have been filled by Category A applicants. Within each category, applicants are then ranked according to total application rating and campus preference.

Advising Appointments: We strongly encourage any student who is interested in transferring to IUB to contact a nursing advisor for an appointment. The advisor will need to review your previous college/university transcript prior to your appointment since only 49% of the coursework that is used on the nursing application may come from transfer credit.

Transfer credit links: For students who are transferring from another public college or university in Indiana to IUB, please refer to the Transfer IN website for course transfer information. For students who are transferring from a private IN college or university or from out-of-state, please refer to the IUB Credit Transfer Service database.

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General Education Requirements at IUB

Effective summer 2011, all students who begin taking classes at IUB will be required to fulfill General Education courses.

All undergraduate students who matriculate (i.e., attend classes at Indiana University on the Bloomington campus for the first time) as a degree-seeking student in or after first summer session 2011 will be required to complete the campus-wide General Education requirements prior to graduation with a baccalaureate degree. The General Education curriculum at Indiana University Bloomington is intended to ensure that, through the Common Ground requirements, all undergraduates at IUB develop the essential skills of English composition and mathematical modeling, and are exposed to the vast wealth of course offerings that IU Bloomington has to offer in arts and humanities, social and historical studies, natural and mathematical sciences, and world languages and cultures. More information about the IU Bloomington campus General Education requirements is found on the 2011-2012 General Education Bulletin website.

The IU School of Nursing (IUSON) general education courses help lay the foundation for the nursing courses and also serve to provide the student with a well-rounded education. For admission to the nursing major, 29-31 credit hours of general education coursework is required. The general education portion of the BSN curriculum consists of 47 credit hours of course work divided into five distinct “clusters”, plus 3 hours of electives (electives may not be applied toward admission). Click here for a chart of IUSON and IU GenEd combined requirements for students matriculating IUB summer 2011 or after.

IUSON General Education Clusters Information

1. Critical/Analytical/Science Cluster (Nursing Only) (fulfills the  IU GenEd Natural & Mathematical Science requirement)
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).  Students fulfill the IUB GenEd Natural & Mathematical Science requirement with ANAT-A 215.

Students must also take Finite Math or a 200 level Calculus course.  The Finite Math courses (listed below) fulfill the IUB GenEd Mathematical Modeling Foundations course requirement.

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 admission.  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 RequirementStudents 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.)

2. Communication Cluster (Nursing Only)
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 (which fulfills the IUB GenEd English Composition Foundation requirement), 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 (fulfills the Social & Historical Studies requirement)
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 clusterrequires 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 IUB GenEd Social and Historical Studies course.  *signifies best options

4. Cultural Diversity Cluster (fulfills the World Language or World Culture requirement)
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 IUB GenEd World Languages and World Cultures course lists course (for new IUB students). 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.
To fulfill the IUB GenEd requirement, a student must take 6 credit hours in either World Language or World Culture coursework. Conversely, the student will not fulfill the requirement with 3 credit hours of World Language and 3 credit hours of World Culture. If a student is choosing to meet the IUB GenEd requirement by studying a foreign language, they must successfully complete the study of a single IUB GenEd approved world language through the second semester of the second year level of college level course work.

5. Humanistic Appreciation Cluster (fulfills the Arts and Humanities requirement)
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 summer 2011 and after, the Humanistic Appreciation cluster requires the completion of six credit hours of approved courses for the degree.  This requirement can be met by any course listed as an approved IUB GenEd Arts and Humanities course. A student will take two Arts and Humanities courses to complete their IUB GenEd degree requirements but only one course may be used for the nursing application. 

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Helpful Links and PDFs

IUB Campus Offices and Resources

IUB Office of Admissions (to apply to IUB and schedule a campus visit

University Division New Students Website
(First year Advising and Orientation

Office of First Year Experience (New Student Programming)

Residential Programs and Services (Housing)

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)

Campus Map and Parking Garage Locator


IUB School of Nursing Resources

Advising Appointments

BSN Planning Guide - Information for Prospective Students & Parents (PDF)

IUSON and IUB General Education approved courselists for 2011-2012 for students who matriculate IUB summer 2011 or later (PDF)

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

Sample BSN Curriculum (PDF)

IUSON Essential Abillities Policy (PDF)

IUSON Computer Policy (PDF)

Nursing Departmental Honors Program

IU School of Nursing Scholarships

IUB Health Professions and Pre-Law Center

2010-2011 Occupational Outlook Handbook



IU Schedule of Classes A-Z Big List

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