Program Requirements

Program Requirements

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Upon admission, nursing students will be required to meet and maintain certain health and safety standards.  Specific details regarding these requirements will be given to students with the acceptance letter, and must be completed by the due date indicated. Additionally, students have a full course load with mandatory lab and clinical schedules.

CNA Certification
  • Proof of CNA certification or LPN licensure from any US state
  • Must be valid at time of program admission
Immunizations
  • MMR (Measels, Mumps, Rubella)
    • 2 immunizations OR  antibody titer showing immunity to each disease
  • Hepatitis B
    • Series of 3 immunizations
      AND
    • Antibody titer (blood test) proving immunity
      • If it has been greater than 15 years since receiving the hepatitis B series, it is highly recommended that you receive a hepatitis B booster vaccination, wait 28-30 days, and then have the antibody titer level drawn.
  • TDaP (Tetanus, Diphtheria, & Pertussis)
    • Proof of 1 TDaP vaccination after age 10
      • DTaP, TD, DTP do not substitute
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox)
    • 2 immunizations OR antibody titer proving immunity
    • Report of having the disease is not acceptable
  • Tuberculosis
    • 2 separate TB skin tests within 12 months of each other OR negative blood test OR clear chest xray
  • Seasonal Influenza
    • Required each year after August 31
Background Check & Drug Screen
  • Required after acceptance into the program
  • Approved facilities listed with acceptance packet
  • Recent background or drug screen results from employment do not substitute
CPR Card
  • American Heart Association BLS with AED Certification
    • First Aid course is not required
  • Must be kept valid throughout the program
  • May be taken through the DSU EMS Program
Student Schedule

Due to student schedule requirements, we strongly discourage outside employment for nursing students. Refer to the following schedule overview of the first two semesters.

  • Classroom courses are taught on Tuesdays and Fridays
    • Times are generally 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
    • Breaks between classes are 30-60 minutes
      • Students can use 2 microwaves at the east side of the Taylor Building.
      • There is no refrigerator for student use.
  • Clinical and Lab days are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
    • Students are assigned day shift/night shift depending on availability
      • Day Shift – approx. 6:00 am until 2:00 pm
      • Evening Shift – approx.  12:00 pm until 8:00 pm
  • Example Schedule
    • Monday: Lab (3-4 hours)
    • Tuesday: Class from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm
    • Wednesday: Clinical (8 hours, am or pm) or Lab (3-4 hours)
    • Thursday: Lab (3-4 hours) or Clinical (8 hours, am or pm)
    • Friday: Class from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm
    • Saturday/Sunday: Not required