I'm already a Registered nurse, but I want to advance my career.

The DSU RN-BSN Program is for you! We have a completely online program for busy RNs who want to advance their career by earning a BSN. Students never need to come to the St. George Campus.


The RN-BSN Program costs less than $11,000 for full-time students. Our core curriculum is only 28 credits, however some students may need additional credits. The faster you complete the program, the lower the cost. (See Tuition & Fees.)

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.

Program Statistics

We are proud of our program and of our students' accomplishments! Check out our statistics like enrollment, graduates per semester, and application rates. 

Minimum Eligibility
New RN-BSN students are admitted each semester. Students are admitted into all Dixie State University programs without discrimination in regards to race, color, ethnic background, national origin, religion, creed, age, lack of American citizenship, disability, status of veteran, or gender.

Admission Requirements

  • Must be admitted to Dixie State University
    • Apply to DSU
  • Graduation from an accredited Registered Nurse Associate Degree Program
    • AS or AAS
    • Nursing program must be fully accredited at the time of graduation
    • Completion of all general education courses For degree questions, view the RN-BSN Degree Requirements in the current catalog or contact a nursing advisor.
    • AA, AS, BA, BS degree, or a certificate of completion from one of the Utah System of Higher Education (USHE) institutions
    • AA, AS, BA, BS degree from a regionally accredited NON-USHE institution.  Utah Board of Regents requires the following if not included with the degree:  ENGL 1010, 2010, American Institutions, and GE math.
    • Show completion of all DSU general education requirements.
    • NOTE:  If your prior college courses or degrees are from a non-regionally accredited institution,  you must meet the general education requirements for DSU.  See advisor for more information.

Academic Excellence

  • Nursing course GPA must be a 3.0 or higher
  • Applicants are recommended to have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • All nursing and support courses must be a “C” grade or higher.

Current RN Licensure

  • Once accepted into the RN-BSN Program, students must provide a copy of current RN license from any state
  • New RN graduates may register for first semester classes but must obtain licensure before registering for classes the second semester

Application Deadlines
There are no absolute deadlines for RN-BSN Program application submission. 

  • For Spring admissions it is preferred for applications to be submitted by November 30th.
  • For Summer admissions it is preferred for applications to be submitted by March 31st.
  • For Fall admissions it is preferred for applications to be submitted by July 31st.

Priority consideration is given to qualified students on a space available basis.

  • Spring Admission
    • Start dates in January or March
  • Summer Admission
    • Start dates in May or June
  • Fall Admission
    • Start dates in August or October

Electronic Application

  • Include RN-BSN $30 Application Fee Receipt
  • Applicants will receive email notification once the application is processed

Full Time & Part Time Completion

  • Full-time Completion
    • Students who wish to complete the program in 12 months must start coursework in January, May, or August.
  • Part-time Completion
    • Students who choose a part-time completion schedule may start coursework in January, March, May, June, August, or October.

Application Notification

  • Applications are reviewed by the Admissions Committee, RN-BSN Program Coordinator, and Department Chair
  • Official application notifications are sent to your Dmail account within 3 weeks
  • Once accepted, additional deadlines will be listed in your acceptance packet

The RN-BSN Program is happy to announce a new core curriculum with electives option. Contact your nursing advisor for information. It may be possible for students with previous upper division credits to complete the program in as little as two semesters.

  • Full-time: Students who wish to complete the program in 3 semesters (12 months) must start coursework in January, May, or August.
  • Part-time: Students who choose a part-time completion schedule may start coursework in January, March, May, June, August, or October.

Core Curriculum

NURS 3100 – Professional Nursing Roles

  • 3 credits – Offered twice each Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters
    • NURS 3100 is a pre or co-requisite for all other courses.
    • Focuses on the transition to professional nursing role and responsibilities and explores the differences in ADN and BSN education and practice levels by exploring the roles of the BSN nurse in the health care environment, including nurse educator, nurse leader, case manager, and community health nurse.

NURS 3200 – Health Assessment

  • 3 credits – Offered Spring, Summer, and Fall
    • Prerequisite: BIOL 4400 or NURS 3900 
    • Focuses on the development of interviewing and physical assessment skills throughout the lifespan utilizing a holistic approach and critical thinking skills to evaluate assessment findings, differentiate between normal and abnormal variations. Purchase of electronic access is required to navigate this online course.

NURS 3600 – Nursing Research

  • 3 credits – Offered twice each Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters
    • Prerequisite: MATH 1040
    • Introduces quantitative and qualitative research concepts, methodology, and techniques, addressing the scientific approach; preliminary steps in research design, measurement, and data collection; analysis of data; and critiquing. Emphasizes the relationship between research and the practice of professional nursing.

NURS 4020 – Community Health Nursing

  • 5 credits – Offered Spring, Summer, and Fall
    • Prepares the baccalaureate student to function within the scope of professional nursing practice in the care of individuals, families, and groups in the community with emphasis placed on family assessment, community assessment, health promotion, health maintenance, and disease prevention. Past, present, and future community service trends are explored and analyzed. Includes classroom and clinical learning experiences.

NURS 4030 – Nursing Policy & Ethics

  • 3 credits – Offered Spring, Summer and Fall
    • Addresses policy development, political influences and power, and nursing’s involvement in the policy-making process. Legislation past and present, as well as ethical theories, frameworks, and the process of ethical inquiry are examined, explored, and analyzed as a basis for professional nursing practice, education, research, and decision-making.

NURS 4040 – Nursing Leadership Management

  • 5 credits – Offered Spring, Summer, and Fall
    • Explores the role of the professional nurse as a leader and manager of patient care by exploring strategies, processes, and techniques of the nurse leader and manager as well as theories, principles, and application of leadership and management within the professional nursing role.

NURS 4600 – Senior Capstone

  • 6 credits – Offered Spring, Summer, and Fall
    • Allows the student to select an area of interest and have an intensive experience focused on nursing leadership, research, and/or clinical practice. Student portfolios are used to design an individual learning experience in which students will integrate the role of the professional nurse with previous knowledge and experience. Students will meet the college requirement of 45 work hours per credit.

Program Electives

NURS 3300 – Transcultural Nursing

  • 3 credits – Offered Spring, Summer, and Fall
    • An approved Global and Cultural Perspectives course. Prepares professional nursing students to provide culturally sensitive and culturally competent care to individuals, families, and communities, emphasizing the importance of understanding cultural diversity in order to promote appropriate health prevention, disease intervention activities, and teaching strategies. Includes self-evaluation, including biases and prejudices about other cultures and ethnic groups.

NURS 3400 – Nursing Informatics

  • 3 credits – Offered Spring, Summer, and Fall
    • Introduces informatics in nursing practice, education, research, and administration, exploring how informatics systems can be utilized to assist in providing more efficient and effective client care, including hardware, software, databases, new developments, and associated legal and ethical issues.

NURS 3700 – Gerontological Nursing

  • 3 credits – Offered Spring, Summer, and Fall
    • Focuses on nursing care of the older adult by exposure to best practices for care of the older adult; issues such as quality of life, elder abuse, cultural considerations, and restraint alternatives; normal physiologic changes of aging; pathological disease processes; cognitive and psychological changes; end-of-life care; and environments of care for the older adult.