Early Acceptance Program

We offer two opportunities for early acceptance into the upper division professional component of the curriculum (junior and senior year). Admission to the upper division is competitive and selective. The first is for high school seniors and the second is for students who have completed the freshman year at USA.

For High School Seniors

Nursing Students in classThe College of Nursing has an early acceptance program for highly qualified high school seniors who demonstrate leadership qualities and motivation toward the study of nursing. Students participating in the early acceptance program are guaranteed admission to the upper division professional component of the nursing curriculum when they meet the following requirements.

Academic Requirements

High School Requirements

  1. Have a minimum high school GPA of 3.5 based on 4.0 scale as computed by USA Office of Admissions
  2. Submit an ACT score of at least 25 composite (or 1200 SAT)
  3. Apply for admission to USA.
  4. Apply for admission to the Professional Component of the BSN program.

Upon Admission to USA - Student Requirements

  1. USA students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.2 on all coursework, as computed by the USA Office of Admissions, before entering the professional component.
  2. Students are encouraged to complete all pre-professional nursing courses at USA.
  3. Make a grade of C or better on all final grades.
  4. Must be continuously enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours each semester (No minimal credit hour requirement for summer semesters).
  5. Be approved by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for the College of Nursing.

Early Acceptance Application

All documents must be submitted by July 15 of the senior year in high school to be considered. For questions and applications, contact USA Admissions, 2500 Meisler Hall, Mobile, Alabama 36688-0002 or call (800)872-5247 or (251)460-6141.

For USA Students Who Have Completed the Freshman Year at USA

A second opportunity for participation in the CONEAP is available to students who have completed their freshman year of pre-nursing prerequisite courses at USA and have achieved an overall GPA of 3.2 or above (as computed by the USA Registrar's Office).

Academic Requirements

Applicants must:

  1. Have a minimum GPA of 3.2 on all coursework completed at USA, as computed by the USA Office of Admissions
  2. Complete the freshman year of college
  3. Complete the following courses at USA: BLY 101 with Lab, MA 110 or 112, and CH 101/with Lab
  4. Maintain a 3.2 GPA throughout all coursework.
  5. Make a grade of C or better on all final grades.
  6. Apply for admission to the Professional Component of the BSN program.
  7. Be approved by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for the College of Nursing


Freshman Early Admission Application Form - Return by August 1st.

Health Requirements

Students accepted into this BSN program in the College of Nursing are required to complete all requirements under Medical Documents Manager as listed on the Health Requirements Webpage at http://www.southalabama. edu/colleges/con/clinical/ healthrequirements.html.  All requirements should be completed no later than one month prior to the first day of classes for the professional component.  Students are not required to order a Castle Branch account until they have been accepted into the professional component.