Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the approximate cost of the ADN Program?
What is the approximate cost for the RN-BSN program?
How do I apply to take my licensing exam?
Is there a waiting list?
How many students apply and how many are accepted?
What is the minimum GPA required to be admitted?
Which classes do I need to complete before I can apply for the ADN program?
Some of my prerequisite classes are old, is there a time limit?
How many times may I repeat a class for a better grade?
Are transfer credits accepted for the prerequisite courses?
May I get academic advising over the phone?
Where can I get the application for admission?
How are applications scored?
Do I receive extra points for work experience?
Where can I find practice tests and study guides to help me prepare for the ADN entrance test?
Are any classes for the nursing program taught online?
Do you offer evening or weekend nursing courses?
I have my Associates Degree in Nursing. How can I get my BSN?
Do I have to apply for the RN-BSN program after I receive my ADN degree at Dixie?
If I have a prior criminal conviction will I be allowed to apply for the nursing program?
Where can I print information about the nursing program?
Do you offer an LPN to RN program?
What subjects are covered on the ADN admissions test?
I have more questions. How do I contact an advisor?

 

What is the approximate cost of the ADN Program?

The three semester ADN program costs approximately $12,000. For cost breakdown, see handbook.

What is the approximate cost for the RN-BSN program?

There may be additional classes needed to fulfill the general education requirements. These costs do not reflect those additional classes.
The RN-BSN program costs approximately $10,000. For cost breakdown, see handbook.

 

How do I apply to take my licensing exam?

In order to be licensed as a Registered Nurse in the State of Utah, the application must be in conformity with the Utah Nurse Practice Act. Applicants who have been convicted of a felony, treated for mental illness, or substance abuse should discuss their eligibility status for licensure with the Utah State Board of Nursing. Dixie State University will require all accepted applicants to complete a Criminal Background Check, a sexual offender status check, and a drug screening before acceptance into the nursing programs.

Acceptance and completion of the nursing program does not assure eligibility to take the RN Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN®). The Utah State Board of Nursing makes the final decision as to whether a license will be issued to practice nursing in the State of Utah.

Nursing License Application Process

Is there a waiting list?

No, we do not use a waiting list. Applicants are scored each application period by a fair point system and students with the highest scores are offered a position. We also offer a few alternate positions to students with the next highest scores. These students will be contacted if there becomes a space available for them.

How many students apply and how many are accepted?

Generally, there are between 90 and 130 applicants each application period for the ADN program. Forty students are admitted each fall and spring semesters. This number is subject to change depending on resources and needs.

The RN-BSN program admits 50-75 students each semester. This number includes DSU ADN graduates who choose to continue with their education. Depending on our resources, we will accommodate as many outside applicants as possible who meet our qualifications.

What is the minimum GPA required to be admitted?

Students are scored on prerequisite GPA instead of overall GPA. The minimum requirement is 3.0, with a minimum C grade in any prerequisite course. The higher GPA will generate more points, and usually a 3.6 GPA or higher is needed to be competitive.

Which classes do I need to complete before I can apply for the ADN program?

The prerequisite courses for the nursing program are listed in the catalog.

Some of my prerequisite classes are old, is there a time limit?

Human Anatomy with Lab and Human Physiology with Lab must be completed within 7 years of starting the ADN program. Other prerequisite classes do not have a time limit.

How many times may I repeat a class for a better grade?

BIOL 2320/25 and BIOL 2420/25 can only be repeated once. Other prereqs can be taken many times. Highest grade is used for scoring. Students who do not successfully pass a prerequisite course (C or better) either of the first two times will not be eligible to apply for the program.

Are transfer credits accepted for the prerequisite courses?

Transfer credits may be accepted to fulfill the prerequisite courses. As part of the admission process, an official transcript must be submitted to Dixie State University for evaluation to find out which courses are acceptable. Only courses taken at a regionally accredited college or university are transferable. Students may check the transfer articulation table to see which courses have already been evaluated.

May I get academic advising over the phone?

Yes, if you have a question that is not answered here, you may call your advisor (Last Names A-J) at 435.879.4813, or (Last Names K-Z) at 435.879.4803. Before advisement can be given regarding transfer courses, an official transcript must be submitted and evaluated by the records office.

How are applications scored?

Applications will be scored on a fair system. For the ADN program, the prerequisite GPA, the admissions test, and the GPA from BIOL 2320, 2325, 2420, and 2425 are used to rank applicants. The applicants with the highest ranking will be offered a position in the ADN program.

The RN-BSN applications will be scored on GPA. This may include overall GPA as well as ADN courses GPA.

Are any classes for the nursing program taught online?

Some of the prerequisite courses may be taught online. While the ADN courses use Instructure Canvas for supplemental information and learning resources, instruction occurs in the classroom.

The RN-BSN nursing program courses are taught online only. There may be support or general education courses needed that are not currently offered online, but may be taken locally and transferred to fulfill the requirements.

Do you offer evening or weekend nursing courses?

We do not currently offer nursing courses during the evenings or weekends. The ADN program is a full time, weekday commitment, but evening clinical rotations may be required.

The RN-BSN program courses are all completely online.

I have my Associates Degree in Nursing. How can I get my BSN?

The RN-BSN program is 12 months in length over fall, spring, and summer semesters. However, students can choose to complete the program on a part-time basis.

Do I have to apply for the RN-BSN program after I receive my ADN degree at Dixie?

Currently, students who graduate from the ADN program in spring or fall are reserved a position for the next RN-BSN admission. Students who do not start the RN-BSN program at that time will need to complete the RN-BSN application process.

If I have a prior criminal conviction will I be allowed to apply for the nursing program?

The State Board of Nursing has certain requirements that must be met before a student can obtain licensure. The background screen helps us determine if there is a possibility licensure would not be granted. These students will be directed to contact the BON before being admitted into the nursing program. Students with certain misdemeanor or felony convictions will not be admitted into the nursing program. Some of the clinical sites may not allow students with a misdemeanor or felony charge to participate in clinicals.

Do you offer an LPN to RN program?

Our ADN program uses a concept-based curriculum, and students need the foundation taught in the first semester to build upon during the rest of the program. Therefore, we do not offer advanced placement for licensed practical nurses.

I have more questions. How do I contact an advisor?

Alice Clegg is the nursing programs advisor for students with last names beginning with A-J. email: clegg@dixie.edu, or phone: 435.879.4813

Kaylie Romney is the nursing programs advisor for students with last names beginning with K-Z. email: romney@dixie.edu, or phone: 435.879.4803