BSN Traditional Track

Your nursing career starts here

If you don’t have a bachelor’s degree in any field or any prior nursing education, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing traditional track at the Indiana University School of Nursing is for you. This track prepares you for entry-level professional nursing positions in a variety of settings, and it also serves as a foundation for graduate study in nursing.

The traditional track requires four years of full-time study—one year of general education and prenursing coursework and three years of nursing core courses. After you have completed the requirements of the BSN degree program, you must pass the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX) to become a licensed registered nurse.

94%licensing exam pass rate for 2016 BSN graduates on first attempt

100%job placement rate for graduates


To be eligible to apply to the BSN traditional track, you must be admitted to IU as a degree-seeking student and complete a year of prenursing coursework. The first time you can apply to the BSN program is during the spring semester of your freshman year at IU. There is no direct admission to the School of Nursing for high school students.

Admission to the BSN traditional track is highly competitive, with approximately 80 students accepted on the Bloomington campus each year.

Learn how to apply to the BSN traditional track

Honors program

If you are selected to participate in the School of Nursing’s honors program, you’ll have the opportunity to work with a faculty mentor to develop and conduct a research project and write an article for publication in a scholarly journal. You can express your interest in participating in the honors program after you’ve been admitted to the School of Nursing.

Learn about the honors program


Tuition costs for the traditional track depend on your residency (in state or out of state) and the number of credit hours you take each semester.

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