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College of Nursing and Health Professions University of Southern Indiana

  • Evansville, IN
  • Public
  • Suburban
  • 89%11%
    student ratio
  • 529
    total students
  • $5,567 | $10,977
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition


College of Nursing and Health Professions at the University of Southern Indiana

Established in 1988, the College of Nursing and Health Professions at the University of Southern Indiana (USI) has the largest nursing program in the tri-state area, which includes southwestern Indiana, western Kentucky, and southeastern Illinois.

The college provides quality programs, expert faculty, and small student-to-faculty ratios. The University of Southern Indiana also offers reasonable tuition.

USI's comprehensive curriculum helps students acquire the nursing knowledge, clinical skills, and professional values needed to provide cost-effective, quality health care to individuals, families, and communities.

Quality Nursing Degree Programs at USI

The academic offerings at the College of Nursing and Health Professions meet the needs of full-time students as well as practicing nurses and include 6 degree programs: Bachelor of Science (B.S.N.), Master of Science (M.S.N.), Registered Nurse (R.N.) to B.S.N., R.N. to M.S.N., post-master's certificates, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.).

The B.S.N. and M.S.N. programs have received accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), and the D.N.P. program will likely receive accreditation in 2011.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Students in the B.S.N. program learn how to plan, implement, and evaluate health care for individuals, families, and groups in institutional and community settings. The curriculum includes 69 credits of nursing courses and 59 credits of USI core curriculum courses.

Through rigorous coursework and over 1,200 hours of clinical work, students gain the competence needed to provide excellent nursing care. The fact that 99 percent of current graduates pass the National Council Licensure Certification's exam (NCLEX) the first time they take it is evidence of the quality of the education they receive.

Master of Science in Nursing

The college's M.S.N. degree program is ideal for nurses who demonstrate professional leadership and bring a research approach to the practice of nursing. Students can choose from 4 specialty areas: acute care nurse practitioner, family nurse practitioner, nursing education, and nursing management and leadership.

All courses for the M.S.N. degree program are offered via distance learning which includes the Internet, CD-ROMs, and streaming video. The acute care and family nurse practitioner specialties involve completing 705 and 665 clinical hours, respectively.

Students may complete their clinical practice in their communities. They must, however, identify their own preceptors and clinical sites and receive faculty members' approval prior to beginning clinical work. Direct observation by clinical faculty is required each semester which may require that the student travel to a clinical site.

R.N. to B.S.N. Program

Nurses who hold associate or diploma degrees can earn a baccalaureate degree in nursing through the R.N. to B.S.N. program at the University of Southern Indiana.

The program's curriculum encompasses the biological, physical, and social sciences and does not require testing of prior knowledge as long as students hold valid R.N. licenses and are in good standing in their states of employment.

Designed for working professionals, the curriculum is taught via the Internet, video streaming, computer conferencing, and e-mail.

R.N. to M.S.N. Program

The R.N. to M.S.N. program is designed for registered nurses who have associate degrees or diplomas and at least 3 years of recent experience as practicing nurses.

USI students work with their advisers to develop individualized study plans that are based on prior education and their chosen graduate specialty.

After successfully completing undergraduate courses, students are provisionally admitted into the M.S.N. program. Upon earning 12 credits in graduate level courses, they are awarded B.S.N. degrees and receive full admission to the M.S.N. program.

Nursing Post-master's Certificates

The post-master's certificate program allows "M.S.N.-prepared" nurses to earn certificates in specialty areas -- acute care nurse practitioner, family nurse practitioner, nursing education, or nursing management and leadership -- with the goal of qualifying to sit for certification exams or increasing their knowledge of a specialty area.

Doctor of Nursing Practice

The practice-focused D.N.P. program at USI strengthens students' ability to improve health outcomes and advance the nursing profession.

The curriculum, which emphasizes innovation and evidence-based practice, offers two concentrations: practice and administration. It also includes 13 D.N.P. courses and a capstone project.

Expect Faculty

The College of Nursing and Health Professions at the University of Southern Indiana employs expert faculty who have practical experience in their specialties and are dedicated to providing the highest level of education to students.

Sixty percent of the nursing faculty hold national certification in their specialty areas and 80 percent of the faculty either already hold a doctoral degree or are currently enrolled in doctoral education.

Faculty members' expertise also enables them to advance the nursing profession and health care delivery through research and leadership activities.

Clinical Simulation Center

The University of Southern Indiana's technologically-advanced Clinical Simulation Center gives students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience delivering health care.

Students work with medical mannequins that simulate human behaviors and present "real-life" symptoms. Real-world scenarios enable students to learn how to administer patient-centered care, gain critical thinking skills, and develop the judgment needed to make critical nursing decisions.

Sigma Theta Tau at the University of Southern Indiana

USI's Omicron Psi Chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society was established with the purpose of recognizing superior achievement, acknowledging leadership accomplishments, fostering high professional standards, and promoting creative work.

The organization also provides grants that support research activities aimed at advancing nursing practice.


Nursing students may be eligible to apply for several academic scholarships from individuals and organizations in the private sector.

Students must complete a financial aid form and be accepted into the College of Nursing and Health Professions at the University of Southern Indiana before they can apply for these scholarships.

About the University of Southern Indiana

Situated in Evansville, Indiana, the third largest city in the state, the University of Southern Indiana is a public institution that emphasizes "teaching and interaction between faculty and students." It is committed to providing first-rate instruction, values both need-based applied and basic research, and actively engages in community service.

USI offers more than 10,000 students a supportive community, easy access to professors, a beautiful campus, innovative housing, a myriad of co-curricular activities, and access to a vibrant urban center.

Location & Contact

College of Nursing and Health Professions

University of Southern Indiana

8600 University Boulevard
Evansville, IN 47712-3590
United States

Dr. Ann White


Phone: 812-465-1151

Dr. Mayola Rowser

Interim Director, Graduate Studies

Phone: 812-465-7016
Fax: 812-464-1956

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Departments & Programs

Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
      Master of Health Administration (MHA)
      Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
      Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 149
    • Doctoral Degrees 18
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? Yes
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


34% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 667
    • Accepted 230
    • Acceptance Rate 34
    • Enrolled 171
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $40
    • Application Fee - International $40
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's Degreesminimum GPA of 3.0
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 550 paper based, TOEFL iBT, IELTS required, IELTS paper based

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *$5,567
    • Out-of-state tuition *$10,977
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year feesNot Reported
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsMarch 1
    • Types of financial support availableTuition Waivers, Federal Work-Study, Scholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students529
    • Female Percentage89%
    • Male Percentage11%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students529
    • Part-time Percentage91%
    • Full-time Percentage9%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino1%
    • Black / African American4%
    • White / Caucasian92%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian1%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races1%
    • Unknown1%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty14
    • Full-time Percentage79%
    • Part-time Percentage21%
    • Female Percentage79%
    • Male Percentage21%




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