Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions
Online Nursing School

Many pre-nursing and prerequisite courses may be taught completely online. However, our nursing program requires students to attend classes several days per week in the Taylor Health Sciences Center at the St. George Campus. We do use the CANVAS Learning Management System as a online supplement to in-person classroom instruction.

Transfer Students
  • If you are not a current Dixie State University student, you must apply to the Dixie State University’s Office of Admissions.
  • Submit official transcripts to records@dixie.edu
  • Transfer Credits: To see how your institution’s courses may transfer to DSU, use the Transfer Guide or contact an advisor.

 

LPN to RN Program

Our nursing 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.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT

Unfortunately, we cannot offer advanced placement in our nursing program for any licenses or certifications (MA, LPN, Paramedics, or EMT/AEMT). Our nursing 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.  

Night or Weekend options

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

Academic Advising Options
Become a Registered Nurse – Pre-License BSN Program
 Length of Nursing School

Students who have already completed all prerequisites (about 3-4 semesters), apply to the BSN Program, and are accepted spend 4 semesters in our Pre-Licensure BSN Program in order to graduate with their Bachelor of Science in Nursing with eligibility to take the national licensing test–the NCLEX-RN.

PreRequisite Courses

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

Age of Prerequisites

Human Anatomy with Lab and Human Physiology with Lab must be completed less than 7 years prior to starting the BSN program. Other prerequisite classes do not have a time limit. See minimum eligibility.

Repeating Courses

We highly discourage students from repeating courses if they have earned a grade C or higher on their first attempt.

Minimum GPA

The minimum GPA in all pre-nursing courses (referred to as a Major GPA) is 3.0 on a scale of 4.0. Refer here to help calculate your Major GPA.

There is no minimum overall or cumulative GPA.

Transfer Students
  • If you are not a current Dixie State University student, you must apply to the Dixie State University’s Office of Admissions.
  • Submit official transcripts to records@dixie.edu
  • Transfer Credits: To see how your institution’s courses may transfer to DSU, use the Transfer Guide or contact an advisor.
Application Process

Our application process including deadlines, timelines, and components of the application is detailed here. Application

Application Scoring

Applications are scored on holistic admissions criteria rather than just good grades and high scores on admissions testing. We consider academic performance, especially in the sciences, video recorded interview responses, volunteerism, and work experience.

Acceptance Rates

Generally, there are between 90 to 130 applicants each application period. We accept 48 students each fall and spring semester; this number is subject to change depending on resources and needs.

Waiting List

We do not use a waiting list. We do offer a few alternate positions to students who are well-qualified but have fewer admissions qualifications than the majority of the applicant pool. These students will be contacted if space becomes available for them.

RN 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

Criminal Background

A discrepancy on your criminal background does not necessarily preclude you from the nursing program.  However, students with certain misdemeanor or felony convictions pertaining to illegal drugs or violence will not be admitted into 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. Additionally, some clinical sites may not allow students with a misdemeanor or felony charge to participate in clinical.

 


 

Working Registered Nurse?  RN-BSN Program
I’m already a nurse, but I want my bsn.

The DSU RN-BSN Program is for you! We have a completely online program for RNs who graduated with an Associate Degree but want to advance their career by earning a BSN.

Completely Online Program

We have a developed completely online program. Students never need to come to the St. George Campus. But, you can if you want to meet us!

Check out our curriculum.

Flexible Schedule

Busy nurses need a flexible schedule! If full-time school isn’t right for you, complete our program on a part-time basis. Most full-time students complete our program in 3 semesters. A few part-time students take only one class per semester. And if you need to take a semester off, that’s fine too. Come back next semester!

Some students who already have upper division credits can complete our core curriculum in as little as 2 semesters. Check with our Nursing Advisor for more information.

Affordability

The RN-BSN Program costs less than $8,000. Our core curriculum is only 28 credits, but some students may need additional credits. The faster you complete the program, the lower the cost. (See Tuition & Fees.)

Transfer Students
  • If you are not a current Dixie State University student, you must apply to the Dixie State University’s Office of Admissions.
  • Submit official transcripts to records@dixie.edu
  • Transfer Credits: To see how your institution’s courses may transfer to DSU, use the Transfer Guide or contact an advisor.
Prerequisites

We highly recommend that students complete a course in pathophysiology, statistics, and all general education courses prior to starting the RN-BSN Program.

Open Application Period

There is no deadline for RN-BSN Program application submission and will be considered on a “Space Available” basis. Applications received near the start of a new semester may be held to the next starting period.

  • Spring Admission – Start January or March
  • Summer Admission – Start May or June
  • Fall Admission – Start August or October
Acceptance Rates

We highly recommend that students complete a course in pathophysiology, statistics, and all general education courses prior to starting the RN-BSN Program.