RN-BSN, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BS)


Program Description

Dixie State University’s online RN-BSN program offers nurses the perfect opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree while still in the field. The program features the high-quality education that is synonymous with Dixie State University while offering students flexibility. The program teaches the relevant and timely information necessary for nurses to be successful in today’s healthcare industry.

Professional Licensure/Certification (PLC) Requirements

The curriculum for programs at Dixie State University customarily leading to licensure have been designed to meet the educational licensure/certification requirements in Utah as well as to prepare students to apply for licensure exams in the State of Utah. The licensure boards in each state are responsible for establishing the requirements for licensure/certification for their state. Requirement may vary state to state and may change at any time. Students who intend to use their DSU degree to secure licensure in any state other than Utah will need to review the professional licensure disclosures in that state pertaining to their program and consult with the state professional licensing board.  For more information, visit the State Authorization and Professional Licensure web page and select your program, or speak to the director of your program.


The Utah Board of Nursing (BON) has approved DSU's Nursing Programs as required.  The Nursing Programs are fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). 


3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326

Admission Requirements

Requirements for admission to the RN-BSN Program: Graduation from an accredited associate degree registered nurse program, completion of all nursing courses with a minimum of “C” grade, and cumulative GPA of 3.0 in those courses. New RN graduates may be admitted but RN licensure must be obtained before beginning the second semester coursework.  Refer to RN-BSN Nursing Program for additional admission requirements and application information.

A previously earned degree may complete some or all of DSU’s General Education requirements. DSU’s General Education requirements must be fulfilled prior to BSN degree completion.

Program Curriculum

120 credits

DSU General Education Requirements

All DSU General Education requirements must be fulfilled. A previously earned degree may fulfill those requirements, but courses must be equivalent to DSU’s minimum General Education standards in American Institutions, English, and Mathematics.

General Education Core Requirements
American Institutions3-6
Life Sciences 3-10
Physical Sciences3-5
Laboratory Science0-1
Fine Arts3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
Exploration 3-5

 *NOTE: Students who have completed BIOL 2320, BIOL 2325, BIOL 2420, and BIOL 2425 can fulfill GE Life Science and GE Laboratory Science by taking BIOL 1300 Evolution & Ecology (1 hour)

Course Prerequisite Requirements

MATH 1030Quantitative Reasoning (MA)3
or MATH 1040 Introduction to Statistics (MA)
or MATH 1050 College Algebra / Pre-Calculus (MA)
NURS 3900Pathophysiology3

RN-BSN Program Requirements 

NURS 3100Professional Role Transition3
NURS 4020Community, Public, and Global Health Nursing5
NURS 4030Healthcare Policy and Ethics3
NURS 4040Nursing Leadership Management5
NURS 4600Professional Nursing Synthesis6
NURS 3600Research and Application of Evidence into Practice3

RN - BSN Program Elective Requirements

Complete courses from the following list to earn a minimum of 40 upper-division credits:
NURS 3200Health Assessment Across the Lifespan3
NURS 3300Transcultural Nursing3
NURS 3400Information Management and Technology3
NURS 3700Holistic Healthcare of the Older Adult3

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete a minimum of 120 college-level credits (1000 and above).
  2. Complete at least 40 upper-division credits (3000 and above).
  3. Complete at least 30 upper-division credits at DSU for institutional residency.
  4. Cumulative GPA 2.0 or higher.
  5. Grade C or higher in each Discipline Core Requirement course.

Graduation Plan

Plan of Study Grid
3rd Year
Summer SemesterHours
NURS 3100 Professional Role Transition 3
NURS 3400 Information Management and Technology 3
NURS 3600 Research and Application of Evidence into Practice 3
NURS 3700 Holistic Healthcare of the Older Adult 3
4th Year
Fall Semester
NURS 3300 Transcultural Nursing 3
NURS 4020 Community, Public, and Global Health Nursing 5
NURS 4040 Nursing Leadership Management 5
Spring Semester
NURS 4030 Healthcare Policy and Ethics 3
NURS 4600 Professional Nursing Synthesis 6
Upper Division Elective 6
 Total Hours40

This schedule assumes completion of all courses required for an Associate Degree in Nursing. This includes prerequisites courses, general education courses, and nursing courses.

Nursing Program Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Analyze and evaluate data to demonstrate the ability to provide high quality direct and indirect care for patients.
  2. Integrate reliable evidence from multiple perspectives in order to demonstrate clinical reasoning/judgement.
  3. Develop and maintain therapeutic interactions with a variety of clients and inter-professional team members.
  4. Facilitate culturally sensitive holistic nursing care while protecting and promoting human dignity and diversity.
  5. Comply with legal and ethical standards of nursing practice through application of leadership, skills, and clinical judgment.