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B.S. in Nursing: Prospective Students


Thank you for your interest in IUP’s nursing program! Please look over our program information and resources in the section “To Learn More....” Then review the section for students like you—freshmen, transfers, IUP students changing majors, and candidates for second degrees.

Program Overview

Nursing is an exciting and challenging career. The baccalaureate nursing program at IUP will prepare you to practice as a Registered Nurse. The basic roles of the professional nurse in today’s world are clinician, manager, and educator. RNs are patient advocates concerned with promoting health and wellness, preventing disease, and helping both patients and their families cope with health care concerns.

The Nursing program will prepare students with the credentials needed to practice as generalists. The program is designed to provide a broad background in liberal education, coupled with specialized knowledge and skills required for professional nursing practice. By obtaining a baccalaureate degree in Nursing at IUP, you will have the credentials necessary to pursue further education in advance practice nursing. Advance practice roles include Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS), Nurse Practitioner (NP), Certified Registered Anesthetist (CRNA), and Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM).

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Typical Plan of Study

For information on the typical four-year plan of study for Nursing students, view the Four-Year Curriculum Plan document.

Students spend their first year taking required science and liberal studies courses. Nursing courses and clinicals begin in the first semester of the sophomore year of study. Clinical sites utilized in the program include a variety of agencies within approximately a sixty-mile radius of Indiana, Pa., including Greensburg, Latrobe, DuBois, and occasionally the Pittsburgh area.

To Learn More...

To learn more about IUP, the Nursing program, and a career as a Registered Nurse:

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For Prospective Freshmen

  • Admission Criteria: A student interested in applying to the Nursing program at IUP requires a minimum SAT score of 1030 (Mathematics and Critical Reading sections only) and a minimum cumulative high school grade point average of 3.0.
  • For more details about a recommended timeline for the application process and to apply, visit Undergraduate Admissions.
  • Living-Learning Communities: Nursing students are encouraged to join clinical laboratory, respiratory care, and nuclear medicine technology students in a living-learning community located in the Suites on Maple East. This option provides an excellent opportunity to share living space with students who have similar interests and similar curriculum requirements.
  • Academic Support Services: The Nursing curriculum includes many challenging courses. IUP offers walk-in peer tutors, special supplemental instruction tutoring sessions, and other support services which help students succeed and excel. For more detail, visit the Department of Developmental Studies.
  • All Nursing students are assigned a Nursing faculty advisor.
  • Special Requirements: Before starting the clinical year, students will need to meet special requirements, including health screening and a criminal background check.

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For IUP Students Who Want to Change Their Major to Nursing

Students must have at least a 3.0 grade point average at the end of the Fall semester to be accepted into the Nursing program and have completed 24 credits of study at IUP. Applications are accepted September through December, and applicants are reviewed once a year in December following the posting of Fall semester grades. For more information about the program, about progression criteria, and to obtain a change of major packet, please contact Jennifer Anderson, Nursing Department secretary, at 724-357-2557.

For Prospective Transfer Students

  • Admission Criteria: Students must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 from all post-secondary institutions attended. Potential applicants are reviewed once per year in December and notified by January whether or not they have been accepted into the Nursing program.
  • Online Credit Evaluation System: This is an excellent source to begin an assessment of which courses completed are equivalent to the courses required in the Nursing curriculum. In addition, the Transfer Admissions Office and the department chairperson are available to assist in the preliminary planning process for transferring to IUP.
  • Since Nursing clinicals are scheduled over three years, it is required that transfers complete the following courses in order to admitted into Nursing at IUP:CHEM 101, CHEM 102, and either BIOL 105 (Cell Biology) or the combination of BIOL 150 (Human Anatomy), BIOL 151 (Human Physiology), and BIOL 241 (Microbiology).A minimum grade of C in all science courses is required.
  • Progression Criteria: Students are expected to maintain a 2.0 grade point average and must adhere to the department academic policy.
  • Special Requirements: Before starting the clinical year, students will need to meet the special requirements listed below.
    • PA Criminal Background Clearance
    • PA Child Abuse History Clearance
    • FBI Background Check
    • Health History and Physical Exam
    • Immunizations
    • CPR Certification
    • Liability Insurance
  • In addition to these requirements, uniforms, textbooks, and testing packages must be ordered through the Nursing Department. All transfer students must meet with the Nursing Department to obtain the orientation package containing this important information.

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For Students Who Already Have a Bachelor’s Degree (Second Degree)

Individuals who have already earned one bachelor’s degree may be admitted to the university with advanced placement. To earn the second bachelor’s degree, students must meet the remaining requirements for graduation specified for the Nursing program. In some cases where the first degree is in biology or chemistry, students may only have a few remaining requirements to complete before beginning the clinical year.

Contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for application information. In addition, the department chairperson is available to assist in the preliminary planning process for earning a second bachelor’s degree and beginning a career as a Registered Nurse.

Required Courses:

  • MATH 217
  • CHEM 101-102
  • PSYCH 101, SOC 151
  • PSYCH 310
  • BIOL 105 – Cell Biology
  • BIOL 150 – Human Anatomy
  • BIOL 151 – Human Physiology
  • BIOL 241 – General Microbiology
  • FDNT – 212 Nutrition

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For Further Information

For further information about the Nursing program at IUP, please contact the chairperson of the Department of Nursing and Allied Health:

Dr. Elizabeth Palmer, PhD, RN
Johnson Hall, Room 210
1010 Oakland Avenue
Indiana, PA 15705
Phone: 724-357-2558
Fax: 724-357-3267

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  • Nursing and Allied Health Professions Department
  • Johnson Hall, Room 210
    1010 Oakland Avenue
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2557
  • Allied Health Programs: 724-357-7647
  • Graduate Nursing (MS): 724-357-7647
  • PhD Nursing: 724-357-3269
  • Fax: 724-357-3267
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.