Dixie State University Nursing School Review
The nursing programs at Dixie State University (DSU), previously known as Dixie State College of Utah (DSCU, or DSC), are administered in the Russell Taylor Health Science Center, which is located near Dixie’s Medical Center. The Nursing program is hosted here, as well as all of Dixie State University’s allied health programs.
School of Nursing and Allied Health
The School of Nursing and Allied Health offers an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing and a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing. They no longer have a Practical Nurse certificate program. Anyone interested to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) may complete the first two semesters of the Associate degree in Nursing program to be allowed to sit the practical nurse licensing exam (NCLEX-PN). They will however also need to pass a 1 credit PN transition course (NURS 2590) at the nursing school.
Upon graduation from the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing (AASN), students can go on to apply to write the state exam in order to become licensed as a Registered Nurse. The Associate of Applied Science in Nursing degree and the Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing are both accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc. (NLNAC).
Associate Degree Nursing Program (ADN)
As a graduate of the Associate Degree in Nursing Program (ADN) at Dixie State University, individuals can apply to write the state licensure exam, to become a Registered Nurse. Registered Nurses work in hospitals, long-term care facilities, physician’s offices and many other healthcare environments.
Registered Nurse to Baccalaureate Degree Nursing Program (RN to BSN)
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree is for Registered Nurses, who wish to obtain a baccalaureate degree, in order to progress in their career. Individuals who complete the RN – BSN program at Dixie State University, individuals must already hold a Registered Nurse licensure, and wish to complete baccalaureate education in nursing. Individuals who complete the RN-BSN program, go on to pursue further education in nursing and/or advance their careers in the field of nursing. The outcome of the program is a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (BSN).
Over 200 students each semester complete the DSU Nurse Assistant (CNA) program. The Nurse Assistant classes are taught at various times and locations so as to be accessible to more students. The CNA course curriculum involves laboratory, classroom and practical clinical training. The Nurse Assistant course equals 4 credit hours.
In order to apply to the Nursing programs at DSU, applicants must first be accepted into Dixie State University. After acceptance into the university as a whole, students must then apply to the nursing programs. All applicants must hold a minimum “C” grade in all prerequisites and hold a GPA of 3.0 or higher in those courses. Applicants must hold a Certified Nurse Assistant certificate with a “B” grade or above, submit an essay and complete the Kaplan entrance exam. In order to apply to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, applicants must have completed an Associate Degree in Nursing program, be a licensed Registered Nurse and have completed all nursing prerequisites with a minimum “C” grade or higher, with a 3.0 GPA. After being granted admission, students must submit immunization records and submit to a criminal check and drug screening.
Applications for the Associate Degree in Nursing Program for the Fall semester are due between February 1st and March 31st. Applications for Spring semester are due between July 15th and September 15th.Applications for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program for the Fall semester are due between April 1st and June 1st.
Courses are taught during the week, and currently not offered during evenings or weekends, however, some prerequisites are taught online. Courses for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program are taught online.
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