Nursing, AAS

  

Program Description

The Dixie State University (DSU) associate degree in nursing (ADN) program has two tracks: the licensed practical nurse (LPN) to RN bridge program and the Paramedic to RN bridge program. Each track offers a path toward an associate degree (AAS) and registered nursing licensure. Currently, 32 students are admitted each spring semester.

After graduation, students are eligible to take the National Council of State Boards of Nursing licensure exam (NCLEX-RN) to become a licensed registered nurse. In addition, students may continue their nursing education in DSUs online RN-BSN program.

Accreditation

The associate degree in nursing program at DSU has been accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) since 2004.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing Inc.
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
404-975-5000


Admission Requirements

Admission Criteria for the LPN to RN Program:

  1. Unencumbered LPN License in Utah.
  2. All pre-requisite courses must be completed prior to beginning the nursing program. Applicants may apply while completing prerequisite courses but they must all be completed before the start of the program.
  3. All pre-requisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher.
  4. Minimum GPA of 3.0 for core nursing courses.
  5. If graduation was more than three years ago, LPN's must have 1000 hours documented LPN work experience within the last three years.

Admission Criteria for the Paramedic to RN Program:

  1. Unencumbered Utah or National Paramedic Registry Certification.
  2. All pre-requisite courses must be completed prior to beginning the nursing program.
  3. All pre-requisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher.
  4. Minimum GPA of 3.0 for core paramedic courses.
  5. If graduation was more than three years ago, paramedics must have 1000 hours documented paramedic work experience within the last three years.

Program Requirements

64-68 credits

Prerequisite Requirements:
Paramedic License or LPN License20
BIOL 2320Human Anatomy 13
BIOL 2420Human Physiology 23
CHEM 1150Integrated Chemistry for Health Sciences (PS) 34
or CHEM 1110 Elementary General/Organic Chemistry (PS)
ENGL 1010Introduction to Writing (EN)3
ENGL 2010Interm Writing Selected Topics: (EN)3
PSY 1100Human Development Through Lifespan (SS, GC)3
or FSHD 1500 Human Development Lifespan (SS, GC)
MATH 1030Quantitative Reasoning (MA) 43-4
or MATH 1040 Introduction to Statistics (MA)
or MATH 1050 College Algebra / Pre-Calculus (MA)
Core Nursing Requirements
NURS 2450Nursing Pharmacology Concepts I3
NURS 2500Health & Illness Concepts II5
NURS 2501Health & Illness Concepts II Clinical2
NURS 2700Health & Illness Concepts III5
NURS 2701Health and Illness Concepts III Clinical2
NURS 2750Concept Synthesis2
Select one of following tracks:
 
Paramedic to RN Track
NURS 2020Paramedic to RN Transition Course2
NURS 2025Paramedic to RN Nursing Skills Lab1
LPN to RN Track
NURS 2030LPN to RN Transition Course2
NURS 2035LPN to RN Nursing Skills Lab1

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete a minimum of 64 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.

Graduation Plan

1st Year
Summer Semester
LPN or Paramedic License20
ENGL 1010Introduction to Writing (EN)3
or ENGL 1010D Introduction to Writing (EN)
FSHD 1500Human Development Lifespan (SS, GC)3
or PSY 1100 Human Development Through Lifespan (SS, GC)
MATH 1030Quantitative Reasoning (MA)3-4
or MATH 1040 Introduction to Statistics (MA)
or MATH 1050 College Algebra / Pre-Calculus (MA)
BIOL 2320
BIOL 2325
Human Anatomy
and Human Anatomy Lab (May be taken previously)
5
Fall Semester
ENGL 2010Interm Writing Selected Topics: (EN)3
CHEM 1150
CHEM 1155
Integrated Chemistry for Health Sciences (PS)
and Integrated Chemistry for Health Sciences Laboratory (LAB)
5
BIOL 2420
BIOL 2425
Human Physiology
and Human Physiology Lab (May be taken previously)
4
Spring Semester
NURS 2020Paramedic to RN Transition Course2
or NURS 2030 LPN to RN Transition Course
NURS 2025Paramedic to RN Nursing Skills Lab1
or NURS 2035 LPN to RN Nursing Skills Lab
NURS 2450Nursing Pharmacology Concepts I3
NURS 2500Health & Illness Concepts II5
NURS 2501Health & Illness Concepts II Clinical2
2nd Year
Summer Semester
NURS 2700Health & Illness Concepts III5
NURS 2701Health and Illness Concepts III Clinical2
NURS 2750Concept Synthesis2
Total Credits68

Associate of Applied Science in Nursing Program Learning Outcomes

At the successful conclusion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Interpret data to demonstrate the ability to provide quality direct and indirect care for patients. 
  2. Utilize reliable evidence to demonstrate clinical judgment.
  3. Demonstrate therapeutic interaction techniques to use with a variety of clients and inter-professional team members. 
  4. Practice culturally sensitive holistic nursing care while protecting and promoting human dignity and diversity. 
  5. Employ legal and ethical standards of nursing practice through the use of leadership, skills, and clinical judgment.