Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (ADN)

The Associate of Applied Science in Nursing degree (ADN) has three basic components:

  1. General Education Requirements
  2. Program Prerequisites
  3. Core Discipline Requirements

Graduation Requirements

General Education Requirements
ENGL 1010Introduction to Writing3
or ENGL 1010D Introduction to Writing
ENGL 2010Interm Writing Selected Topics:3
CHEM 1110Elem General/Organic Chemistry (or higher chemistry course) 14
MATH 1040Introduction to Statistics3
PSY 1100Human Development Through Lifespan3
or FSHD 1500 Human Development Lifespan
1

 CHEM 1115 is co-requisite to CHEM 1110, but not required for program admission.

Program Prerequisites
BIOL 2320
BIOL 2325
Human Anatomy
and Human Anatomy Lab
5
BIOL 2420
BIOL 2425
Human Physiology
and Human Physiology Lab
4
Core Discipline Requirements
NURS 2000Intro to Health Concepts4
NURS 2001Intro to Health Concepts Clinical0
NURS 2005Nursing Skills Laboratory2
NURS 2400Health & Illness Concepts I5
NURS 2401Health & Illness Concepts I Clinical0
NURS 2450Nursing Pharmacology Concepts I2
NURS 2500Health & Illness Concepts II5
NURS 2501Health & Illness Concepts II Clinical0
NURS 2530Family Health Concepts5
NURS 2531Family Health Concepts Clinical (NURS 2502 - Fall 2016)0
NURS 2600Health Care Systems2
NURS 2700Complex Health&Illness Concept9
NURS 2701Complex Health Concepts Clinical0
NURS 2750NCLEX Success Course2

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete a minimum of 65 college-level credits (1000 and above).
  2. Complete at least 20 lower-division credits at DSU for institutional residency.
  3. Minimum cumulative GPA 2.0.
  4. Grade C or higher in each General Education, Program Prerequisite, and Core Discipline Requirement course.

Admission to Associate of Applied Science degree in Nursing

Applicants must be admitted to Dixie State University. Following this the applicant must complete a separate application to the appropriate Nursing program and submit it during specified application periods.

All prerequisites must be completed before the start of the Associate of Applied Science program. Students must complete all prerequisite courses with a minimum of a “C” grade and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in those courses.

For all prerequisite courses EXCEPT Human Anatomy, Human Anatomy Lab, Human Physiology, and Human Physiology Lab there is no expiration for the courses and courses may be repeated more than once. However, the highest grade will be used for scoring the application.

For Human Anatomy, Human Anatomy Lab, Human Physiology and Human Physiology Lab courses must have been completed within 7 years prior to admission, and they may be repeated only once. The highest grade within the 7 year time period, will be used for scoring the application. If neither grade has met the minimum requirement of "C" or higher, the student is ineligible to apply for the ADN program.

Applicants may apply while completing prerequisite courses but they must all be completed before the start of the ADN program. Since the anatomy and physiology courses are weighted in the application scoring, it is recommended that students have at least one of the biological science courses complete at the time of application. In order to maximize your potential for acceptance, it is best to complete both courses.

Space in the program is limited; therefore, admission will be competitive, and applicants will be scored on an objective point procedure that has been strategically set up to predict student success. Currently, forty (40) students are admitted each fall and spring semester. Applicants will be evaluated on the following:

  • Current certified nurse assistant certificate is required.
  • Kaplan® Nursing School Entrance Exam—must be taken during application period. The highest score for a test taken during the past two years will be accepted. 
  • Academic excellence in prerequisite courses as exemplified by grades.
  • Specific health requirements and standards must be met after acceptance into the program but before enrollment in classes.
Prerequisite courses:
BIOL 2320
BIOL 2325
Human Anatomy
and Human Anatomy Lab
5
BIOL 2420
BIOL 2425
Human Physiology
and Human Physiology Lab
4
CHEM 1110Elem General/Organic Chemistry (or higher chemistry course) 14
ENGL 1010Introduction to Writing3
or ENGL 1010D Introduction to Writing
ENGL 2010Interm Writing Selected Topics:3
FSHD 1500Human Development Lifespan3
or PSY 1100 Human Development Through Lifespan
MATH 1040Introduction to Statistics3
1

 CHEM 1115 is co-requisite to CHEM 1110, but not required for program admission.