College of Health Sciences

Congratulations on your interest in one of the most trusted and respected professions—nursing. Nurses can make huge differences in people’s lives; additionally, patients and their families can make huge differences in nurses’ lives. Nurses are privileged to share in the lives of others at important human events like birth and death. Nurses are essential to the health care team. In hospitals, nurses spend far more time with patients and their families than physicians do which is one of the many rewards of a nursing career helping offset the sometimes high stress levels of the job.

Nurse Qualities

Nurses need:

  • Intelligence
  • Stamina
  • Compassion
  • Willingness to work in close contact with people
  • Ability to interact without prejudice with a wide range of individuals
  • Quick learner and in some situations, ability to make rapid decisions
  • Lifelong learner
  • Good with science
  • Organized, ability to prioritize and multi-task
  • Skilled, competent, and able
  • Assertive
  • Interpersonal communicator
  • Stress management skills

Don’t possess all of these characteristics? Don’t worry. Education and experience will help you develop these characteristics and skills. However, if you are not willing to work towards attaining these attributes, then nursing may not be the best choice for you.

Degrees Offered

The Dixie State University Department of Nursing offers the following levels of nursing education:

The Utah Board of Nursing (BON) has approved the Associate Degree Nursing Program. As the RN-to-BSN program is post-licensure, it does not require approval by the Utah BON. Both the ADN and BSN programs are fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).