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Bachelor of Science (BSN) in Nursing

The Leighton School of Nursing offers multiple tracks to earn a BSN:

Earn a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing

  • Our traditional four-year BSN track has a two-step admission process.
  • If you are a highly qualified high school senior, however, you may be eligible for a direct admit. Contact us for details.
  • With a general education curriculum that's grounded in the liberal arts, we'll teach you to be a great communicator, collaborator, and critical thinker—all skills needed for success in today's healthcare environment.
  • Once admitted to our six-semester clinical rotation, you will have a variety of high-impact, hands-on nursing experiences, both in and out of the classroom.
  • Our close proximity to downtown Indianapolis gives you access to top-notch hospital and healthcare facilities.
  • Upon completion of our BSN program, you will be well-prepared to work in any nursing setting.

"I love being a student at Marian University, because I’m not just a number. My professors know me by name, and I know they care about my academics and personal well-being."

Rachel Marchisello '17

BSN Program Admission and Curriculum Requirements

  1. Apply online for admission to Marian University at
  2. For automatic acceptance as a pre-nursing student:
    • First-time freshmen: You must have the appropriate high school GPA and test scores
    • Transfer students: You must have cumulative GPA of 2.80 or higher with no attempts at any equivalent prerequisite science courses.

For more details, download this course sequence sheet.

Sample Four-Year Plan (pdf)

Direct Admission Eligibility

  • To be eligible for direct admission, you must have at least a 3.50 high school GPA and 1170 verbal/math SAT or 24 ACT composite scores.
  • If accepted for direct admission, after successfully completing nursing prerequisite courses and meeting our minimum academic requirements, you will be guaranteed a seat in the clinical portion of the BSN program.

Documents for BSN students

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