Health Professions and Prelaw Center




Admission to IUB and IUPUI Nursing is extremely competitive!

Each year up to 250 students become qualified to apply for the spots available in the Bloomington program, which means that about one of every four qualified applicants is offered admission. IUPUI Nursing is about as competitive for fall and spring admission.

While statistics vary from year to year, you will likely need a GPA above a 3.7 on your IUB Nursing application to be competitive for admission, including optimal grades of A or A- in each required science prerequisite.

Similarly, a very high score on the TEAS V admission test - above 80 - is likely necessary to be competitive.


Important Prenursing Planning Materials

Nursing admission prerequisites for those who matriculated to IU Bloomington

DURING OR AFTER Summer 2011 or after

Refer to the HPPLC course planning sheet for prenursing students who matriculated to IUB DURING OR AFTER Summer 2011:The curricular information contained in this handout pertains exclusively to the IUB, IUPUI, and IUPUC nursing programs. Use HPPLC materials in conjunction with School of Nursing resources.

Use the document above in conjunction with School of Nursing prenursing course lists for those who matriculated to IUB during or after Summer 2011. If you matriculated to IUB during or after Summer 2011, BE SURE TO SELECT THE COURSE LISTS LABELED FOR THE YEAR YOU ENTERED IUB, whether 2011, 2012, 2013, or a later year.

You will find additional resources such as the School of Nursing Pre-Licensure BSN Handbook on the School of Nursing homepage.

Nursing admission prerequisites for those who matriculated to IU Bloomington

PRIOR TO to Summer 2011

Refer to School of Nursing resources for those who matriculated to IU Bloomington prior to Summer 2011. If you first matriculated to IUB prior to Summer 2011, BE SURE TO SELECT THE COURSE LIST LABELED "PRIOR TO SUMMER 2011"!

You will find additional resources such as the School of Nursing Pre-Licensure BSN Handbook on the School of Nursing homepage.


Description of the Profession

Registered Nurses (RN)

A registered nurse (RN) works with patients, families, physicians, and other health care professionals to help patients recover from illness and be restored to good health, as well as to prevent future illness and disease. Following from these over arching responsibilities, nurses must function as effective advocates and educators for patients and families, and for the community at large. RNs closely observe, record, and assess patient symptoms and progress. They collaborate with physicians and other health care professionals in administering exams, treatments, and medications, and may also help during a patient's recuperation and rehabilitation. Patient advocacy is one of the hallmarks of nursing practice.

Skills and characteristics important to the profession include: technology and general science skills; strong critical thinking and problem-solving abilities; patience and empathy; public speaking, interpersonal communication, time management, and leadership skills; assertiveness; strong multitasking abilities, attention to detail, and the ability to manage large quantities of detailed information; the ability to work under pressure and time constrains, with a variety of personalities, and within a challenging national healthcare climate; a willingness to work long shifts, and, common to some hospital settings, a willingness to work lots of on-call hours; the ability to work both independently and as part of a team of caregivers.

A BSN is a four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing; an ASN is a two-year Associate of Science in Nursing. Both the ASN and the BSN prepare students to take the RN licensure exam.

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN or APN): masters and doctoral degrees in nursing

An advanced practice registered nurse, or APRN, is a nurse who has garnered additional training and earned additional licensure to practice in an advanced capacity. Of these options, nurse practitioner (NP), is the most well known. Most states, including Indiana, require two licenses to become a nurse practitioner: an RN license and an Advanced Practice license. The majority of these programs confer a masters degree, although doctoral nursing degrees are on the rise (more on that below).

Other APRN options include nurse anesthetist (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist or CRNA), nurse midwife (Certified Nurse Midwife or CNM), and clinical nurse specialist (CNS). Note that different states have different licensure requirements.

Each APRN option offers different specialties in relation to a specific healthcare setting, field, or patient type. For instance, the IU School of Nursing (Indianapolis campus) offers a masters degree for Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Adult Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist, Advanced Practice Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, Nursing Administration, and Nursing Education.

The Indianapolis campus also offers a PhD in Nursing Science, intended for those who wish to pursue a career as a nurse scientist / researcher, as well as a practice-focused professional doctorate, or Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). For the time being a masters degree remains the standard minimum degree required for advanced nursing practice. Inevitably the minimum required for advanced practice will become the DNP, although it will be a number of years before this change is formalized. When that time comes it is almost a given that those who at that time have already earned their masters will be grandfathered in and allowed to continue practicing in the same capacity. It is also unlikely those with masters will be at a disadvantage in the job market. This grandfathering process is a very common and accepted practice when a given health profession increases the degree threshold for entering the field.

Hundreds of schools have begun offering the DNP; however, despite some mistaken notions to the contrary, as of 2015 no state requires the DNP in order for a registered nurse to become an advanced practice RN such as a nurse practitioner. Again, the masters degree is still the most common route to advanced nursing practice. The DNP has not replaced the NP masters degree.


The type of credential required to teach nursing courses varies by nursing program. Currently, there is a serious shortage of nursing instructors, largely due to disproportionately lower pay for nursing faculty. Still, nurses sometimes find working in education or research to be a rewarding stage of their career.


Resources For Exploring the Nursing Profession

If possible, undertake job shadowing as part of your process of confirming whether or not nursing is the profession you wish to pursue. If you are a high school student, try to undertake shadowing now - do not delay it until you enter college. If you can, also do additional shadowing during the summer before you enter college. While job shadowing is not specifically required for admission, the IU School of Nursing expects that applicants will have undertaken substantial career research before applying, and doing so is good practice in any case.

In addition to garnering shadowing experience, utilize the web resources at the bottom of this page, including The Indiana Center for Nursing. has an excellent list of more than 70 links to state and national nursing organizations. This list includes well-known organizations such as the American Nurses Association, as well as links to organizations for dozens of nursing fields, like surgery, nurse practitioner, AIDS care, and numerous others. You can learn a lot about the profession by reading around on such sites. If you are from a state other than Indiana, you can look through IC4N's list of Indiana nursing organizations, and then do some research to identify similar organizations in your home state. Along the same lines, consider looking through some academic or professional journals associated with the nursing profession. The IU Wells Library subscribes to such resources, and some local public libraries may also have similar resources.


Description of Indiana University Nursing Programs

IU nursing degrees

The following Indiana University branches offer BSN degrees (the ASN is not offered within the IU system): IU Bloomington, IU East, IU Kokomo, IU Northwest, IUPUC (Columbus - BSN), IUPUI (Indianapolis - BSN, Accelerated BSN), IU South Bend (BSN, Accelerated BSN), IU Southeast (BSN), IPFW (Fort Wayne). All are accredited programs.

Some IU branches also offer "mobility" programs (e.g., ASN to BSN; IUB itself offers an RN to BSN program), accelerated programs, and graduate-level nursing degrees.

Refer to IU nursing program web sites for further details, including admission requirements.

General information about IU Core nursing programs

IUB (Bloomington) and IUPUI (Indianapolis) each offer a four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Together, these programs are referred to as the IU Nursing "Core," and have comparable admission requirements; meaning, for example, that by virtue of being eligible to apply to IUB Nursing, IU Bloomington students are by default also eligible to apply to the Indy campus's nursing program if they wish.

Ideally, those pursuing a BSN spend one year completing the prerequisite courses and the other admission requirements. Sometimes people to both Core programs simultaneously to cast a wider net, but you should not do so unless you are truly willing to attend nursing school on the Indianapolis campus.

If admitted to the nursing program, you would complete the degree over three additional years, after which you would take the RN licensure exam to become a registered nurse.


IUB Nursing admission information

In addition to 29-31 credit hours of prerequisite courses, admission requirements include a minimum 2.7 IU cumulative grade point average (CGPA). The CGPA is not a competitive factor; however, you will need to have a considerably higher application GPA in order to be truly competitive for admission. Those with a science GPA of less than a 3.8 and a General Education GPA of less than a 3.6 or 3.7 run the risk of possible not being within the competitive application GPA range.

As of spring 2014, the admission requirements are:

  • Science GPA (50% of admission): your grades from Anatomy; Finite Math (or Math-M 211 or 213, which are not recommended for most students unless you already have earned M211 credit); and an additional 3-5 cr Critical / Analytical / Science course (CAS) or Natural & Mathematical Science course (N&M);
  • GPA from remaining application courses, or "General Education GPA" (30% of admission): your grades from Elementary Composition, Introductory Psychology, Introductory Sociology and remaining general education courses such as A&Hs which contribute to the total of 29-31 credits on your application (minimum 3.0 GPA in these gen ed courses; though, again, much higher grades are necessary to be competitive);
  • Scores from the TEAS V (Test of Essential Academic Skills, Version Five): 20% of admission). You can find basic information about the TEAS V at, but do not set up your ATI/TEAS account until you hear from Nursing about procedures and instructions!
    • Pay attention to the prenursing email list for additional information about when and how to register for the TEAS V. Again, do not register until the School of Nursing tells you how and when to do so!
    • You may take the TEAS up to two times in a two year period.
    • As with any standardized test, the TEAS V can be prepared for.
      • In theory, high school proficiency in the areas noted above is supposed to provide sufficient background for the exam; but, in practice, test-takes do not find this to be the case. Therefore, we strongly urge you to prepare by taking practice exams (online, if possible, to better simulate the actual computer-based exam, and benefit from online feedback), and using other prep materials.
      • The science portion has proven especially challenging for many students, and often catches people off guard with its level of rigor, including the chemistry questions.

Admission to the IUB Nursing program is extremely competitive!

Each year up to 250 students become qualified to apply for the 60 spots available in the Bloomington program (as of 2016), which means that about one of every four qualified applicants is offered admission. IUPUI Nursing is just about as competitive for both fall and spring admission, though this can vary somewhat from one year to the next.

While statistics vary from year to year, you will likely need a GPA of 3.7 or 3.8 on your application to be competitive for admission to IUB Nursing, with special emphasis on the three science prerequisites, which constitute 50% of your admission score. B+'s are excellent grades, but more than a couple of them can lower competitiveness. Similarly, a high TEAS V test score - above 80 if possible - is usually necessary to be truly competitive.

None of this information is not meant to intimidate you, but to help you make good decisions. Because admission to IUB Nursing is so competitive, HPPLC advisors suggest that you formulate a contingency plan toward the start of your prenursing track. Doing so is especially important if you are an out-of-state student.

Note that there are dozens of RN programs in Indiana (both ASN and BSN). Admission to all programs is competitive, but some programs are far less competitive than the IUB and IUPUI programs. See the Researching Accredited Nursing Programs section of this page, below, for research resources.


Researching Accredited Nursing Programs

Avoid non-accredited nursing programs,
and recognize that not all accreditations are created equal

It is difficult to build a career if you earn RN certification from a non-accredited program, and the earnings potential is far less. If you want to be a nurse, pursue your licensure through an accredited nursing degree program. Below you will find links to reliable lists of programs.

important: Some "accreditation" statuses are more flexible than others. Click HERE for an example.


How to research programs and locate admission requirements

Important information about degree mills and accreditation mills: In recent years, some problems have arisen in relation to "degree mills," - unaccredited institutions which offer degrees of "questionable merit." Concerns have also arisen over programs which "claim to hold accreditation from dubious accreditors" called "accreditation mills." For more information, including lists of valid accrediting organizations, visit the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. (Both the ACEN and CCNE / AACN nursing accreditation bodies, linked below, are included in the Council for Higher Education Accreditation's list of reputable accreditation organizations.)

It is usually best to avoid private, for profit schools.


Therefore, use the lists linked in the sections below to identify nursing programs. While a general internet search for "accredited nursing programs" yields results, these results are not particularly useful, and can be misleading. For instance, some lists of programs contain only programs that have paid to be included. Hence, such lists are incomplete, and could even include non-accredited nursing programs. Other sites are put up merely to generate ad revenue, rather than to provide reliable information.


Once you are on a given nursing program's site, hunt around to find a list of admission prerequisites and other requirements. Look for headings or menus labeled Admission Requirements, Degree Requirements, General Education, or Apply. When you locate a list that includes courses such as anatomy and physiology, you know you are in the right place.

Remember that all nursing programs have competitive admission, though the range of competitiveness varies considerably from one program to another.


Important program research questions:

  • Be very wary of nursing programs that require students to arrange their own clinical hours. Doing so can be extremely difficult logistically, and is also not always conducive to consistency in clinical competencies. We generally caution against such programs. (Note that even some programs approved by the State Board of Nursing have this arrangement.)
  • When researching programs, it's important that you learn whether the program considers your cumulative GPA, your prerequisite GPA, both, and/or another kind of GPA.
  • In addition, it's important to try and learn what tends to be competitive for admission for each program you are considering. Generally speaking, in a given year, what is a ballpark average and (if possible) the lowest GPA and TEAS score (if required) that tend to be admitted? Such information is rarely listed on websites, but sometimes program are willing to have an informal conversation (i.e., no promises) about where your numbers position you in relation to past cohorts.
  • Do not place too much significance on the minimum GPA required to apply (eligibility GPA), because the minimum eligible GPA is not usually competitive enough to be admitted.
  • Learn whether transfer applicants are at a disadvantage compared to applicants from the given school. For example, does the program limit the number of prerequisites that can be fulfilled with transfer credits; or does it consider inside applicants for admission before considering transfer applicants?

Be aware that some second degree (accelerated) BSN programs require the TEAS admission exam, and some may require letters of recommendation or admission interviews.

Indiana nursing programs

To research accredited nursing programs in the state of Indiana, refer to the list on the Indiana Center for Nursing site (click the "Nursing Education" drop down menu). If an Indiana program is not listed on the site, it probably means it is not accredited.

Note that some "accreditation" statuses are more flexible than others. For an example, click HERE.


You can also refer to the Indiana State Board of Nursing listings and IU nursing program web sites for further details.

You are free to call IC4N or the Indiana State Board of Nursing if you have questions about an Indiana program's accreditation status, realizing what we've noted above - that some accreditation statuses are more flexible than others.

Most states should have an entity similar to the Indiana State Board of Nursing, which should in turn have a list of accredited programs in that state posted on the internet. That said, see below for additional resources for locating accredited programs.


Other nursing programs across the United States

Because there is more than one way for nursing programs to become nationally accredited, one complete list of all accredited US nursing programs does not appear to exist. Therefore, if you are looking for programs in a given state, look the state up in each of the following lists and then combine your results for a more complete list or programs:


You are free to call the above organizations if you have questions about a program's accreditation status.



Formulating A Contingency ("Back-Up") Plan

Because of the highly competitive nature of the IUB and IUPUI (and IUPUC) nursing programs, we strongly encourage you to develop a contingency plan in case you are not admitted to the nursing program the first time you apply. Having a specific and well thought out safety net can alleviate some of the anxiety prenursing students often feel.

The information below explains the various paths to earning a nursing degree, as well as ideas for those who are still not sure whether nursing is definitely the career they wish to pursue.

Begin by asking yourself these questions...

We strongly suggest that you allow your answers to the following questions to guide your decisions about your career and academic paths:

  1. First, ask yourself if nursing is the career you wish to pursue - period - no ifs, buts, or other qualifiers; and whether you are ultimately willing to go wherever you need to for RN training in an accredited nursing program if you are not admitted to your first choice program.
  2. Ask yourself whether you would give up the nursing profession if you have a difficult time being admitted to the IUB (or IUPUI) program.
    • If No, your contingency plan might consist of one of several alternate paths to the RN.
    • If the answer is Yes, and you would indeed switch career paths if one particular nursing program doesn't work out, this is very useful and important information to know about yourself. In this case, we would urge you to consider whether you are on the best career path to begin with. Nursing school and the profession itself require an extreme amount of dedication. Those who would prefer to pursue a different career if IUB nursing doesn't work should begin researching other career options immediately, and identify one to which they can more wholeheartedly devote themselves.
  3. Next, honestly and frankly assess your aptitudes, your academic abilities, and your willingness to do whatever it takes (within the bounds of ethical conduct) to become competitive for admission to nursing programs. Your academic advisor can help you think through your self-assessment.
    • For instance, some students understandably have a difficult time earning the A- average usually required to be competitive for admission to the IUB BSN program, even through sincere effort, adequate time spent studying, and getting extra help.
    • Others, upon honest reflection, realize they have not been spending the recommended 30 hours of weekly studying (if enrolled in 15 credits). Common explanations for this issue are inadequate time management; difficulty making the often abrupt adjustment to challenging college-level or IUB coursework; an unrealistic impression of, or even outright denial of, the investment of effort and time required to earn excellent grades at IUB; or misguided priorities, e.g., too much time spent online, partying, gaming, and so on. Or sometimes personal difficulties interfere with academics, in which case we would urge you to talk with your assigned advisor and IU Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS).

Alternate paths to a nursing degree

If after answering the above questions you are positive you wish to become a nurse (and have undertaken adequate career research and clinical observation of nurses to confirm your decision), we encourage you to become familiar with the different paths to a nursing degree, as explained below. (Remember that a BSN is a four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing, an ASN is a two-year Associate of Science in Nursing, and that either degree prepares students to take the RN licensure exam to become a registered nurse. To research accredited nursing programs, click HERE.)


  • Students who have done enough career research, clinical observation, and self-assessment to know that nursing is the profession they want to pursue no matter what can often take measures to become stronger applicants and then re-apply to the IUB nursing program. (Refer to re-application tips below.)
  • In the meantime, some students will also prepare to apply for spring admission to the Indianapolis (IUPUI) program, assuming they are genuinely willing to attend IUPUI.
    • Note that any prerequisite courses to be included on the application for spring admission to IUPUI nursing must be completed during the summer prior. Courses taken during the prior fall cannot be put on the application, because by the time fall courses are completed, spring admission decisions have already been made. The TEAS V, on the other hand, can be retaken in the fall, prior to the IUPUI spring application deadline. The TEAS can only be taken twice during a two year period.

Research and apply to less competitive ASN or standard BSN nursing programs

  • While planning for their re-application, prenursing students sometimes research less competitive ASN and BSN programs so they can apply to some of these at about the same time they re-apply to the IUB program. (Out-of-state students sometimes research and apply to additional programs in their home state.) That said, due to additional prerequisite requirements, it can be challenging for IUB students to become eligible to apply to additional programs at the same time they re-apply to IUB. Sometimes it is possible with very careful advanced planning.
  • Occasionally, a student will carefully research another ASN or BSN program and plan to transfer there after freshman year if not admitted to IUB nursing. For this contingency plan to work, the student must talk with programs, learn what is competitive for admission (not merely eligible, but competitive). Once the student has assessed which program seems like a good fit, and for which they feel they can become most competitive, they sometimes apply for admission to the given university or college so they can immediately transfer if not admitted to IUB.
    • Important note about transfer credits: If you decide to apply to other BSN and / or ASN programs be aware that some of them may limit the number of transfer courses you can have on your application. For others, applicants with too many transfer courses might be eligible but less competitive for admission. In such cases, you would likely be able to complete a portion of your prerequisites at IUB, but would perhaps need to complete additional prerequisites at the school to whose nursing program you plan to apply. During your nursing program research, contact programs and ask about their policies related to transfer credits and transfer applicants.
    • Important note about ASN and mobility programs ("ASN-to-BSN" programs): Those who earn their ASN may still be able earn their BSN later by taking courses through a "BSN mobility program" (also referred to as ASN-to-BSN, RN-to-BSN, or BSN completion program - all of these terms refer to the same thing). ASN-to-BSN mobility programs essentially offer the remaining BSN courses that are absent from the ASN curriculum. Mobility programs usually consist of a year or two of online courses that can be taken while working as a nurse. Admission to many such programs is usually not competitive because they are online, require fewer resources, and do not involve clinicals.
      • IMPORTANT: If you are considering the ASN-to-BSN path (see definition above), be aware that not all ASN programs are compatible with all ASN-to-BSN mobility programs. Check with mobility programs ahead of time to see whether or not they will accept credits from the ASN program you are considering!

Second Degree (Accelerated) BSN programs

  • Most second degree (accelerated) BSN programs compress three years of nursing professional coursework into a 14 to 24 month period (hence the term "accelerated"). These programs are designed for people who have already earned a Bachelor's degree in a different field, but who still want to earn their BSN without having to spend another three years doing so.
  • These are very intensive, full-time programs; so much so that it is virtually impossible to have a job while enrolled.
  • Second degree BSN programs have absolutely no preference as to what the applicant's first Bachelor's degree / major was in.
  • Admission is competitive, although the level of competitiveness can vary quite a bit across programs. Some programs evaluate the total cumulative GPA from the applicant's first Bachelor's degree, while others take the prerequisite GPA more into consideration.
  • To qualify for second degree BSN programs applicants must complete a first degree of some kind with a GPA that is competitive for admission to the second degree programs they are pursuing. They must also complete prerequisite courses for the given second degree programs. Some second degree programs also require admission interviews, a personal essay, and/or letters of recommendation.
  • When planning their sophomore fall registration, some prenursing students decide to simultaneously begin working in courses for an alternate first degree, along with nursing prerequisites.
    • Some degrees / majors will better accommodate nursing prerequisites than others, but almost any undergraduate degree / major is fine as a first degree prior to the second degree BSN. The first degree does not have to be healthcare related unless you want it to be, and second degree nursing programs have no preference with regard to the first degree / major. If you are considering this contingency, the HPPLC Exploring Majors page can help.
    • Admission prerequisites, level of competitiveness, and cost vary, so research programs carefully.
    • Under this contingency plan, if you were not admitted to a standard BSN (or ASN) program after your sophomore year, you would already have begun to lay the foundation for a second degree BSN. In other words, through this course of action you could position yourself to finish one degree and then apply to multiple nursing programs (commonly during senior year of the first degree). Depending on your circumstances, these programs could even include ASN programs or standard BSN programs, along with second degree BSN programs, thus casting as wide a net as possible. If you were admitted to a second degree BSN or other type of RN program, you would graduate with your first degree and then immediately begin the nursing degree.
    • IMPORTANT: Like all RN programs, the competitiveness of accelerated BSN programs varies. Many of these programs are extremely competitive, some rather less so. You will need to contact programs to ask what is the low end and the average of what tends to be admitted (not just eligible) so that you can gauge where you stand. Most accelerated BSN programs will take into consideration the prerequisite and / or cumulative GPA from your first degree. Therefore, if you choose this route to your BSN, we urge you to invest the time and effort to earn the best grades possible throughout your first degree and the prereqs.
    • For a list of Indiana accelerated BSN programs, visit the Indiana Center for Nursing site and click the Nursing Education link. To research programs outside of Indiana use these resources

Strategies for re-applying to the IUB nursing program

Students who have done enough career research, clinical observation, and self-assessment to know that nursing is the profession they want to pursue no matter what, can often take measures to become stronger applicants, and then re-apply to the IUB nursing program. (Note that spring admission to IUPUI is about as competitive as fall admission to IUB and IUPUI.)

  • In this situation, strategic course selection is crucial to making the most out of the re-application. Work closely with your assigned academic advisor (or a School of Nursing advisor) to choose courses which offer your re-application the greatest advantage. The ideas below are neither suggestions nor recommendations! There is no one-size-fits all re-application plan, so course selection will vary greatly from one student to another.
    • Students sometimes take another course in a category for which they earned less than an A- in a prior course; for example, taking a different science course to replace the 3 credit CAS / N&M elective; taking a different World Culture to replace a lower grade in a previous World Culture; and so on.
    • Some take PSY-P 102 to substitute for a lower grade in P101, since Nursing allows applicants to replace 101 with 102 on the application; some take a different sociology class if their SOC grade was lower than they'd hoped (e.g., S100, S101, S230).
    • Some retake specifically required courses they feel will prevent them from being competitive for admission; e.g., finite math or anatomy. Whether doing so is a good idea or not depends on a number of factors, including what your contingency plan ultimately is, and whether your circumstances or approach to the given course will change substantially enough to allow for a significantly improved grade.
    • All such options have potential costs and benefits. For example, taking a third World Culture because of lower grades in the first two could improve the re-application, but it could also mean the student is spending time and money taking additional courses which ultimately may or may not be required to graduate. Each student must make prudent, well-informed decisions about how they should best invest their resources.
  • You are allowed to take the TEAS V exam twice within a two year period. If your score the first time falls below the level of competitiveness, you can retake the exam one time. The second score will be used during the admission process even if it is lower than the first. Undertake rigorous and organized preparation, being sure to follow suggestions offered by the School of Nursing, as well as using the prep resources they suggest. Most applicants find online practice exams to be an invaluable resource.
  • If you do decide to re-apply, and are positive nursing is the field you wish to pursue, then undertake rigorous research into other nursing programs, as outlined above, in case you are not admitted to your first choice program.

Exploring other career options

Those who choose not to pursue a career in nursing generally fall into two categories:

  1. Some people explore other health professions and then research programs to identify noncompetitive ones or ones for which they feel they can become competitive applicants.
  2. Other people consider entirely different majors and careers which are not healthcare-related.

If you are thinking along these lines - in other words, if nursing is not something you necessarily want to pursue - then which contingency plan best suits you will depend on your priorities, aptitudes, preferences, and specific circumstances, all of which you should discuss in detail with your advisor and/or career counselor.

To help you through this assessment and research process, we have assembled a multitude of excellent resources on the HPPLC Other Health Professions page.


Additional Resources

School of Nursing resources

If you are enrolled at Indiana University Bloomington and are interested in the nursing program, and are not currently on the prenursing email list, email Debbie Hrisomalos (IUB School of Nursing Assistant Director of Student Services) and ask her to add you to the prenursing email list. You will receive important admission, application, and policy information, as well as occasional announcements about professional development opportunities.

For policy questions (for example, How does the IUB School of Nursing treat repeated courses?), consult the IU Bloomington School of Nursing Pre-Nursing Handbook, located on the IUB School of Nursing homepage. If you need clarification on a given policy, consult your academic advisor or a School of Nursing advisor.

Scholarships and educational grants

For suggestions and resources related to researching scholarships and grants, consult the Health Professions and Prelaw Center page, Researching Scholarships and Educational Grants.

See also the School of Nursing scholarships page, which includes information about both nursing and prenursing funding.

Helpful links

Combined, the lists at the links below should include all accredited U.S. nursing programs. (Be sure any RN programs you look into are accredited with one of these commissions! If a program is not listed on one of the pages below, or on the page, you should probably avoid it!)

If you are interested in other health professions

If you are interested in other health professions that are advised through HPPLC, we encourage you to sign up for the

HPPLC email list associated with your program(s) of interest. Feel free to sign up for more than one list. Also refer to the HPPLC handout Health Professions Descriptions, and use the other resources also found on our Other Health Professions page.




This information was prepared for Indiana University Bloomington students by the Health Professions and Prelaw Center. Please note that specific requirements and policies can change at any time without notice. Students are responsible for obtaining the most current information directly from application and testing services, and the schools and programs in which they have an interest. Refer to each program's web pages, bulletins, and other publications for the most current information. Students are responsible for understanding degree course requirements, as well as other requirements, policies, and procedures related to the degree(s) they are pursuing; for enrolling in appropriate courses; for understanding IU policies/procedures; and for following through properly with regard to all of the preceding.