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Admissions

Get a University of Saint Francis education close to home.

If you live in northwest Indiana or northeast Illinois, health care-focused programs are available right in your backyard. Applying is easy, so check out our admission requirements and get started on your application today! It’s quick, easy and best of all, free!

Don’t let cost stand between you and an education. Financial aid is available and we’re here to help you navigate your options.

How to Apply

  1. Complete an Application
  2. Submit transcripts:
    • High School Students: High School Transcripts
    • Transfer Applicants: College and High School Transcripts
    • Adult Applicants: High School Transcripts
  3. Test Scores — Test Scores are optional for admission to USF
    • ACT – USF Code: 1238
    • SAT – USF Code: 1693
  4. Students who do not meet admissions criteria may be asked to submit an essay. The essay should address past academic performance and how you plan to improve and succeed as a student at USF.
  5. Once all material is submitted, check your email for information on how to log in to My Cougar Connection and take the next step.
  6. Once you are accepted, you may pay your confirmation deposit of $150 to save your spot. This deposit goes toward your tuition.
    1. Once signed in to My Cougar Connection, select Financial Aid and Billing and “Pay a Bill.”
    2. Select “Pay a Bill or Enroll in Payment Plan.”
    3. If you are on a mobile device and are prompted to log in, use your student ID number as your username. If you do not know your ID number, contact your admissions counselor or the Office of Admissions at cpadm@sf.edu or 219-488-48888.
    4. Enter the payment portal and select “Make a Payment,” then “Confirmation Deposit.”

Transcript Request

Contact your high school or college’s Guidance or Registrar’s Office to request an official transcript be submitted to USF Crown Point.

To find out more or to schedule your TEAS test, contact USF Crown Point Admissions at 219-488-8888, 877-803-8879 or cpadm@sf.edu.

Program-Specific Information & Requirements

If you are applying to the following programs, you will have additional requirements.

Advanced Medical Imaging

For acceptance to the Advanced Medical Imaging program, the applicant must:

  1. Meet one of the following requirements:
    • Possess an active license or certification in a medical imaging related discipline.
    • Hold an associate degree from an accredited program in a medical imaging related discipline.
    • Be currently enrolled in an associate degree medical imaging related program at a regionally accredited college or university.
  2. Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above on a 4.0 scale in college coursework

Medical imaging related disciplines include radiography, nuclear medicine technology, sonography, magnetic resonance imaging, or radiation therapy.

Applied Science

In order to be admitted to our Applied Science degree program, incoming students must be a graduate of an accredited Emergency Medical Services (EMS) program.

Certified Nurses Aide

To be considered for admission to the CNA course at USF Crown Point, you must:

  • Complete a criminal background check (prior to starting clinical experience)
  • Complete a drug screen (prior to starting clinical experience)
  • Receive a physical exam
  • Obtain up-to-date titers and necessary vaccines
  • Have a GPA of 2.0 or higher, or have a GED of 600 with no category less then
  • 150 after 2014; prior to 2014, a subscore of 500 is required
  • Complete the clinical packet requirements
  • Pay course tuition in full by noon the Friday prior to the start date

In addition, you will need to obtain:

  • Textbook
  • Stethoscope
  • Uniform (white scrub top and pants, white nurse shoes)
  • Watch with second hand

Diagnostic Medical Sonography

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) Program has two classifications of students: PreDMS and DMS.
Most often students are accepted into the program as a PreDMS classification. These are students who are working to fulfill the below specified DMS admissions criteria.

To be fully admitted to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program, the applicant must:

  1. Submit all previous academic transcripts of attempted coursework and upon review:
    • A minimum admissions GPA of 2.70 in high school or on a minimum of 12 college credits.
  2. Meet one of the following criteria for admission:
    • Take the Ultrasound Student Assessment (USA) exam with a Combined Score above 0. (A fee is assessed directly from Pegasus Lectures.)
    • SAT exam scores for admission are 1080 or higher.
    • ACT composite score of 19 or higher.
    • Attain a GPA of 3.2 or higher while taking a minimum of 12 semester hours of coursework at USF.
  3. Meet one of the following:
    • Graduate from an accredited high school with a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or above. Students who did not graduate from high school must have completed the General Education Development (GED) tests, with a composite score of at least 2,500 and no sub score below 500.
    • Earn 12 or more credit hours, in related college subjects, with a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or above. At least three credits must be from a biological or physical science course with a lab component.
    • Possess an associate or higher-level degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher.
  4. Complete all prerequisite college courses with a grade of C or higher:
    • English Composition
    • Math: Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra and Trigonometry or higher-level course
    • Physics with a lab/Physical Survey with a lab
    • Anatomy and Physiology I with lab
    • Anatomy and Physiology II with lab

A rubric is used for reviewing each application and scored. A minimum of 5 points is necessary to move from the PreDMS to DMS classification.
0 to 2 points are awarded in the following categories:

  • High School GPA: 0, 1, 2
  • Aptitude Test Scores: 0, 1, 2
  • USF GPA: 0, 1, 2
  • College Degree: 0, 1, 2
  • Required General Education Course Completion Grade of ‘A’: 0,1,2

Additional options for 1 point each:

  • A score of 3.7 or greater on the Ultrasound Student Assessment (USA) exam combined score
  • An active healthcare license, examples: Medical Assistant, CNA, EMT
  • Military Service
  • GPA improvements of 0.5 or more from initial learning experiences to subsequent learning experiences.

There are no limitations on the number of PreDMS or DMS students overall. However, there is limited availability for the DMS Professional Course Sequence.

Earning the DMS classification makes you eligible for the Professional Course Sequence. Each fall semester a cohort of DMS students will begin the Professional Course Sequence. Once the cohort is full, students continuing to apply to DMS will be placed on a cohort waitlist. Students will be notified by the program director when they are placed on the waitlist and when they are placed into a Professional Course Sequence cohort. Movement of students from the waitlist into an earlier class may occur if positions become available. It is mandatory for all students on the waitlist to maintain their USF enrollment to hold their spot for the next available cohort.

Licensed Practical Nurse to Nursing, Associate of Science (LPN-ASN)

Student applications are evaluated on a criteria-based point matrix using various submitted documents. Some of the documents reviewed are:

  • Proof of an active, unencumbered LPN license
  • LPN program and other college grade point averages (GPA) and course grades
  • TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) score
  • Written essay

Transfer credits are evaluated and may be applied toward degree requirements if criteria are met and they are accepted by the University and program. Students have different paths to enter the nursing program based on the point matrix. They may be admitted directly to the major or they may begin their USF education in a pre-nursing or exploratory healthcare major in which they can meet pre-requisites and take courses required in the nursing curriculum before moving to the nursing major.

Medical Laboratory Technician, Associate of Science

All students are admitted to the University as Pre-MLT majors. During year one, students complete general education and basic science coursework. In year two (the clinical year), up to 12 students transition into the MLT program to complete clinical classes, labs, and clinical rotations.Requirements for the clinical year include:

  • Minimum college cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale in all college work attempted
  • Minimum college science GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Grade of “C” (or greater) in all general education and basic science courses
  • Completion of all courses general education and basic science courses or equivalent before the start of the fall semester of the clinical year
  • Ability to meet the non-academic Essential Functions of the program

Nursing, Associate of Science (ASN)

Student applications are evaluated on a criteria-based point matrix using various submitted documents. Some of the documents reviewed are:

  • SAT/ACT scores
  • High school and college grade point averages (GPA)
  • Health related certifications such as certified nursing assistant, emergency medical technician, or others
  • TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) score
  • Written essay

Transfer credits are evaluated and may be applied toward degree requirements if criteria are met and they are accepted by the University and program. Students may be admitted directly to the program major – even students directly out of high school – if admission and pre-requisites are met. Students have different paths to enter the nursing program based on the point matrix. They may be admitted directly to the major (even students directly out of high school) or they may begin their USF education in a pre-nursing or exploratory healthcare major in which they can meet pre-requisites and take courses required in the nursing curriculum before moving to the nursing major.

Phlebotomy Course

To be considered for admission to the Phlebotomy course at USF Crown Point, you must:

  • Complete a criminal background check (prior to starting clinical experience)
  • Complete a drug screen (prior to starting clinical experience)
  • Have a current CPR card
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have a High School GPA of 2.0 or higher, or have a GED of 600 with no category less than 150 after 2014; prior to 2014, a subscore of 500 is required
  • Pay course tuition in full by noon the Friday prior to the start date which includes National Certification Exam Fee.

Radiologic Technology, Associate of Science

Standards for admission into the Radiologic Technology program include the following:

Completion of:

  • Three years of high school math with a minimum of two years of algebra or an equivalent college-level course in algebra
  • A college preparatory curriculum that includes four years of English, three years of mathematics, two years of social sciences and three years of laboratory science.
  • SAT score of 1,000 or higher (for SAT exam taken after March 2016: 1080 or higher); or an ACT composite score of 19 or higher (for ACT exam taken after March 2016: 21 or higher); or Three required sections of the Psychological Services Bureau’s Health Occupation Aptitude Examination with minimum scores of 40 in Composite Academic Aptitude, 30 in Reading Comprehension, and 30 in Natural Sciences. A fee is assessed for the standardized testing. Standardized tests may be completed once per year and permission will be granted to repeat the exam only one time.

Plus, one of the following:

  • Graduate from an accredited high school with a GPA of 2.7 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) or completion of the General Education Development (GED) tests with a score of 2,500 or higher and no subscore below 500.
  • Completed 12 or more credit hours in applicable college subjects as a Pre-Radiologic Technology student or a transfer student with a cumulative grade point average of 2.7 or higher (on a 4.0 scale). At least three credits must be from a biological or physical science course with a lab component.
  • Earned an associate or higher-level degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher (on a 4.0 scale)

Surgical Technology, Associate of Science

USF accepts a limited number of applicants to its surgical technology program. It is recommended that applicants have previous college experience in English, math, laboratory science, and the social sciences. Applicants must submit official college transcripts and have a GPA of 2.4 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) in 12 credit hours of academic courses.

Applicants without college experience must meet two of the following criteria:

  • Rank in the upper half of high school graduating class
  • Have a high school GPA of 2.4 or higher (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Earn a Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) score of 1,000 on Verbal/Critical Reading and Math combined or an ACT composite score of 21 or higher.
    If you took the SAT prior to April 1995, a score of 800 is required.
  • Possess a General Educational Development (GED) total score of 2,500, with no subscore below 500.
  • If you earned your GED prior to 2002, a composite score of at least 50 and no subscore below 40 is required.
  • Previous healthcare experience is helpful, but not required.

Applications will be reviewed on an individual basis. Final consideration for acceptance will be made by the Surgical Technology Admissions Committee and exceptions to the stated requirements may be made at the discretion of the committee.