Frequently Asked Questions
Nursing Department FAQ
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.
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.
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.
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.
We highly discourage students from repeating courses if they have earned a grade C or higher on their first attempt.
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.
Our application process including deadlines, timelines, and components of the application is detailed here. Application
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.
Generally, there are between 90 to 130 applicants each BSN application period. We accept 48 students each fall and spring semester; this number is subject to change depending on resources and needs.
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 for that application cycle.
If the semester starts and an alternate candidate is not contacted, they must reapply in the next application cycle and will be considered with that applicant pool.
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.
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.
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!
Students admitted to our program must have completed (or be completing) an Associate Degree Nursing Program. And that's it! Students can start the program within weeks of being accepted.
Our BSN degree requires a course in pathophysiology and statistics. Students who have not completed these courses can be admitted but may need extra time to complete the entire program.
- We 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. Applications 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
Our acceptance rate since Summer 2016 has been approximately 96%.
Note: We highly recommend that students complete a course in pathophysiology, statistics, and all general education courses prior to starting the RN-BSN Program.