Eligibility & Prerequisites

Eligibility & Prerequisites

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Students interested in becoming a registered nurse must follow these guidelines.

Prerequisite Courses

Completion of all seven (7) nursing prerequisite courses, with a grade of C or higher, is required prior to entry into the nursing program; C- grades are not accepted. The applicant is responsible to submit updated transcripts for continued eligibility determination.

***The prerequisite courses identified with an asterisk (*) must be completed and graded prior to the application deadline. Note: Human Biology (BIOL 1200) is not required but is strongly recommended.

  • ***BIOL 2320/2325 – Human Anatomy and Lab***
  • ***BIOL 2420/2425 – Human Physiology and Lab***
  • CHEM 1110/1115 – Elem/ General/Organic Chemistry and Lab (or higher)
  • MATH 1040 – Introduction to Statistics
  • FSHD 1500 or PSY 1100 – Human Development through the Lifespan
  • FSHD 1020 – Scientific Foundations of Nutrition
  • NURS 3900 or BIOL 4400 – Pathophysiology

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


Minimum Eligibility

Meeting the minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission to the nursing program.

  • CNA: Current CNA certification or LPN licensure is required prior to admission.
    • MA and/or EMT do not substitute.
  • GPA: Minimum 3.0 GPA in all pre-nursing courses (Major GPA).
    • GPA on a scale of 4.0
    • There is no minimum overall GPA.
  • Completion of at least 45 semester hours of study at the university/college level.
Suggested Electives

Students needing elective credits should consider the following courses:

  • NURS 1001 – First Year Experience
  • SSC 1010 – Trailblazer Connections
  • HLOC 1000 – Medical Terminology
  • COMM 2110 – Interpersonal Communication
  • COMM 3230 – Health Communication
  • SOC 1010 – Intro to Sociology
  • SOC 1020 – Social Problems
  • SOC 1200 – Sociology of the Family
  • HLTH 2010 – Health & Disease
  • HLTH 2700 – Consumer Health Issues
  • HLTH 3020 – U.S. & World Health Systems
  • BIOL 2060/2065 – Microbiology/Lab
  • CHEM 1120/1125 – Elem Organic Chemistry/Lab
  • Completion of all general education requirements prior to starting the nursing program.
  • The most competitive candidates will have all prerequisites done, some employment experience in a public or healthcare setting, and volunteer/community service.
  • ESL Students: Completion of a medical terminology course.
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.