Eligibility & Prerequisites

Eligibility & Prerequisites

EligibilityApplicationProgram RequirementsGraduation


Prior to Application

These four courses must be completed and graded at the time of application. If these courses are not completed, your application will not be considered. There are no exceptions to this requirement.

    • BIOL 2320/2325 – Human Anatomy and Lab**
    • BIOL 2420/2425 – Human Physiology and Lab**
    • CHEM 1110/1115 – Elem/ General/Organic Chemistry and Lab
    • MATH 1040 – Introduction to Statistics

**Human Anatomy and Physiology must have been taken within 7 years of starting the program.

All courses must have been taught in the English language.

Prerequisite Courses

Completion of all seven (7) nursing prerequisite courses, with a grade of C or better, 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 four (4) prerequisite courses identified with an asterisk (*) must be completed before the application deadline.

*BIOL 2320/2325 – Human Anatomy and Lab*
*BIOL 2420/2425 – Human Physiology and Lab*
*CHEM 1110/1115 – Elem/ General/Organic Chemistry and Lab*
*MATH 1040 – Introduction to Statistics*
FSHD 1500 or PSY 1100 – Human Development through the Lifespan
FSHD 1020 – Scientific Foundations of Nutrition
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 and submit official transcripts.
  • Transfer Credits: To see how your institution’s courses may transfer to DSU, use the Transfer Guide or contact an advisor.