Additional Admission Requirements for Nursing

1. What are the requirements?

  • 3.00 cumulative Nursing GPA
  • 2.75 cumulative Nursing science courses GPA (comprised of Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, and Chemistry)
  • Must earn a “C” or above with no repeat courses in Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Chemistry, or Statistics
  • Only one withdraw is allowed in above courses; must successfully complete courses before admission review
  • “Nursing Readiness” will be determined by the admissions counselor and/or Leach College of Nursing (LCON) Admission and Progression Committee.


Nursing Deadlines:

A student’s file that is determined as “Nursing Ready” will be submitted to the Nursing Admission Committee for consideration. In order to be eligible for review, the student must submit her or his official transcript(s) and meet all admissions requirements.

Application Deadline:

Rolling admissions – however, priority will be placed on those who fulfill their application requirements early.

All others will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, pending space in the Nursing program. Students deemed eligible but not accepted into the program will be placed on a wait-list for one semester.


3. Is there an entrance exam?

Yes, all students who qualify for the program must take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). You can find more information about it here.

  • Students should score a minimum 68% (versions V & VI).
  • The exam can be taken twice.
  • It is offered on USF’s campus during the fall, summer, and spring semesters.
  • The fee for the exam is $55. Forms of payment accepted are cash or check (made payable to USF). A photo ID is also required.
  • Limited seating is available. Therefore, you must reserve a spot for the exam by calling 815-740-2270 or by contacting your admissions counselor.
  • You may purchase study materials at

Note: The TEAS requirement is waived for any student who decides to complete her or his Pre-Nursing science courses at USF and has a minimum 2.75 science GPA.


4. Who determines admittance?

  • All applicants’ files are reviewed by LCON.


5. How long is the program?

  • The nursing program is 2.5 years.
  • Classes are only offered in the fall and spring semesters, no summer nursing classes are available.


6. How will I know if my classes transfer?

  • Transfer guides are available for many of the Illinois Community Colleges.
  • To see if your school is listed, click here.