Program Tracks

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Traditional Track

Facts and Fiction of Admission

Getting past the rumors and tall tales surrounding BSN admission isn't easy. The IU School of Nursing and Health & Life Science Advisors have compiled this information sheet to help you arrive at the truth (and nothing but the truth) about various aspects of BSN admission.


FACT or FICTION? It takes a 4.0 GPA to gain admission to the traditional BSN program.

FICTION! If your admission score is in the 3.6–3.7 range and your TEAS Test score is a 65% or better you will be a competive applicant. Your chances of gaining admission are good but, it's always hard to predict exactly what it will take to get into the nursing major.


FACT or FICTION? I’m so mixed up about the cumulative GPA and the admission score. Someone told me that if you don’t have at least a 3.1 cumulative GPA, don’t even bother to apply.

FICTION! Let’s talk about "cumulative GPA" vs. "admission score." Your cumulative GPA is calculated based on all the courses you have ever taken in the IU system. This GPA must be at least a 2.7 to be eligible to apply to the School of Nursing. If your cumulative GPA (which appears at the bottom of your transcript) is a 3.1, then you are easily eligible to submit an application.

Your admission score is a different animal. It is calculated based on all the grades you earned in the prerequisite courses plus your TEAS Test score. To be competitive you want to strive for at least a 3.6–3.7 in the prerequisites and a 65% or better in the TEAS.


FACT or FICTION? I’m not filling out the admission application yet because I haven’t taken the TEAS Test. My girlfriend told me that you can't apply until you take the TEAS.

FICTION! Sorry, but, in this instance your girlfriend isn't right. You don’t have to wait until you take the TEAS Test to fill out the admission application. In fact, we recommend that you fill out the admission application as soon as it becomes available and then take the TEAS.


FACT or FICTION? I think I heard that gaining admission to the BSN major also means that I'll be admitted to the clinical part of the program too.

FACT! For traditional students admission to the School of Nursing (SON) means you have been admitted to both required lectures and clinicals. The SON has contracted for enough clinical sites so that all students admitted to the major are also guaranteed clinical space.


FACT or FICTION? If I fail a required course, I get one more chance to earn a C.

FACT! All required courses for the BSN degree must be passed on the second attempt.
Note: "Passing"means a C or better grade. C- grades are not acceptable.


FACT or FICTION? I think I'm allowed to repeat no more than two of the required Science courses to earn a C.

FACT! There are 4 required Life Science/Math courses for the BSN (Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Finite Math.) You may repeat no more than 2 of these courses to earn a C or better.


FACT or FICTION? Also, I heard that I'm only allowed to repeat 3 of the general Education courses to earn a C or better.

FACT! There are 7 required general education courses such as English Composition, Introductory Psychology and Speech. Of these courses you may repeat three courses to earn a minimum grade of C. If you repeat more than 3 of the courses you aren't eligible to apply.


FACT or FICTION? If admitted to the nursing major, I will have to give up my part-time job.

FICTION! Many nursing students have part-time jobs. Once you have completed a semester of clinicals you will be eligible to apply for Patient Care Technician (PCT) or Patient Care Assistant (PCA) positions at several of the hospitals in Indianapolis. PCTs/PCAs work part-time, earn approximately $12/hour and gain valuable nursing experience that can eventually help you as you search for a professional RN position. However, too many hours or working full time is not recommended, as your class, study, and clinical schedule is rigorous. Your work schedule must be able to adapt to your class and clinical schedule. Attendance is required.


FACT or FICTION? My roommate is a pre-nursing major and a semester ahead of me in school. She gets really good grades, knows a lot about admission, and I trust her. I think she's a good person to advise me about the School of Nursing and what it takes to get in.

FICTION! While your roommate may be very well-meaning and informed, the most trusted source for accurate admission information is an Health & Life Science or Nursing Advisor. They work with the admission process and policies daily and are the best people to seek out for answers to your questions. Remember, policies often change! By consulting an Academic Advisor you will be helping to stamp out the rumors and half-truths of admission.