Delaware State University (DSU) was founded in 1891 as the State College for Colored Students. The name was changed to Delaware State College in 1947, and in 1993 became Delaware State University. DSU was started as a land grant college, and is proud of its agricultural and educational history. The university is one of the top Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the nation, and now serves a diverse student body.
The 400 acre campus and almost 4000 students give the University a small town feel, but the proximity to Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington DC give it all the advantages of a large city.
Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree in Nursing
The BS Degree in Nursing program trains students to become entry level nurses to meet the needs of a culturally diverse population, and to begin their education for a career of ongoing study and specialization. To graduate from this degree program, students must take a total of 65 credit hours of nursing courses and 58 credits of General Education and Support courses, for a minimum of 122 credit hours. Most students will complete this program in four years.
Students are admitted to DSU as pre-nursing majors. To apply for the nursing program, students must complete their first fours semesters with a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher and earn a passing score on the Nursing Admission Exam.
Students must take the following prerequisite courses to apply for the nursing program: Anatomy, Physiology, Psychology, English Composition, Algebra, Sociology, Microbiology, Pathophysiology, Chemistry, Growth and Development, Fitness and Wellness, Global Studies, History, and Speech.
Once in the program, students will continue with classroom study and complete their clinical coursework in area health care facilities, including nursing homes, clinics, and hospitals. All students in the nursing program may become members of DSU’s Nursing Club.
Graduates of the BS program in nursing are allowed to sit for the Registered Nurse (RN) licensing exam.
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to BS Degree in Nursing Pathway
Students that are already licensed as LPNs will be awarded up to seven credit hours toward their BS degree if they can prove they have knowledge in selected areas of the nursing curriculum. LPNs that have further knowledge are allowed to challenge nursing courses for credit.
RN to BS Degree in Nursing
Students that are already RNs may enter the BS program. Once they complete the first nine credits in the program, they will be awarded 34 credits for their past educational experience. They must also have a minimum 2.0 GPA and hold a current RN license.
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Degree
The MSN degree program was started in 2005. This two year program offers two areas of specialization: Community Health Nursing, which prepares nurses to work in community health centers, and Certified Nurse Educator, which prepares nurses to be certified nurse educators.
To apply, students must have a BS in nursing with a 2.5 overall GPA, and an average 3.0 GPA in their major courses. Students will take 36 to 39 credit hours for the degree, and those wishing to become certified in Community Health Nursing will need to complete a total of 54 to 57 credits.
Delaware State University
1200 North DuPont Highway
Dover, DE 19901