Nursing (Pre-Licensure), Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BS)


Program Description

Dixie State University's Pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree prepares the graduate to practice as a generalist registered nurse for clients across the lifespan, while collaborating as a member of the healthcare team in a variety of settings. The BSN program prepares students to provide evidence-based, holistic, safe, quality care for culturally and spiritually diverse individuals, families, communities and populations. Program emphasis includes clinical nursing practice, hands-on experiences across the continuum of care, health promotion and maintenance, the use of innovative technologies and preparation for assuming leadership roles as a registered nurse.


After successful completion of the Pre-Licensure BSN Program, students are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN® exam and apply for licensure through the State Board of Nursing.   


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

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

Program Prerequisites

A grade of C or higher in each pre-requisite course is required. However, the cumulative GPA for all pre-requisite courses is 3.0 or higher.

The following courses must be completed prior to beginning the BSN program.

BIOL 1200Human Biology (LS) (strongly recommended))3-4
or BIOL 1010 General Biology (LS)
or BIOL 1610 Principles of Biology I (LS)
BIOL 2320Human Anatomy 13
BIOL 2420Human Physiology 13
CHEM 1150Integrated Chemistry for Health Sciences (PS) 14
or CHEM 1110 Elementary General/Organic Chemistry (PS)
ENGL 1010Introduction to Writing (EN)3
or ENGL 1010D Introduction to Writing (EN)
ENGL 2010Interm Writing Selected Topics: (EN)3
FSHD 1020Sci Foundations of Nutrition (LS)3
FSHD 1500Human Development Lifespan (SS, GC)3
or PSY 1100 Human Development Through Lifespan (SS, GC)
MATH 1040Introduction to Statistics (MA)3
NURS 3900Pathophysiology3
or BIOL 4400 Pathophysiology
NURS 1005
NURS 1007
Certified Nursing Assistant (ALCS)
and Nursing Assistant Clinical 2

Program Requirements

NURS 3005Foundations of Clinical Nursing Care I1
NURS 3050Pharmacology3
NURS 3210Health Assessment2
NURS 3215Health Assessment Lab1
NURS 3320Care of Patients Across the Lifespan I6
NURS 3321Care of Patients Across the Lifespan I Clinical (ALCS)1.5
NURS 3323Care of the Patients Across the Lifespan I Simulation0.5
NURS 3505Foundations of Clinical Nursing Care II1
NURS 3650Evidence Based Practice and Research Methods3
NURS 3710Foundations of Professional Nursing2
NURS 3820Care of Patients Across the Lifespan II6
NURS 3821Care of Patients Across the Lifespan II Clinical (ALCS)2.5
NURS 3823Care of Patients Across the Lifespan II Simulation0.5
NURS 4010Care of Patients Across the Lifespan III6
NURS 4011Care of Patients Across the Lifespan III Clinical (ALCS)2.5
NURS 4013Care of Patients Across the Lifespan III Simulation0.5
NURS 4300Community/Global Health Nursing 4
NURS 4301Community/Global Health Nursing Clinical (ALCS)2
NURS 4500Contemporary Nursing3
NURS 4700Leadership and Management Capstone4
NURS 4701Leadership and Management Capstone Clinical (ALCS)2.5
NURS 4703Leadership and Management Capstone Simulation0.5
NURS 4750Concept Synthesis5

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. Compete 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 Program Requirement course.

Graduation Plan

Plan of Study Grid
1st Year
Fall SemesterHours
BIOL 1200
Human Biology (LS)
or General Biology (LS)
or Principles of Biology I (LS) and Principles of Biology I Lab (LAB)
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing (EN) 3
FSHD 1500
Human Development Lifespan (SS, GC)
or Human Development Through Lifespan (SS, GC)
First Year Recommended Elective 3
Elective (MATH 0980 or MATH 1010 if needed) 3
Spring Semester
ENGL 2010 Interm Writing Selected Topics: (EN) 3
BIOL 2320
BIOL 2325
Human Anatomy
and Human Anatomy Lab
MATH 1040 Introduction to Statistics (MA) 3
General Education (Fine Arts) 3
Elective 1
2nd Year
Fall Semester
BIOL 2420
BIOL 2425
Human Physiology
and Human Physiology Lab
Elective (CNA - NURS 1005/1007) Highly recommended if certification as a CNA still needs to be obtained. 4
CHEM 1150
CHEM 1155
Integrated Chemistry for Health Sciences (PS)
and Integrated Chemistry for Health Sciences Laboratory (LAB)
Elective 2
Spring Semester
FSHD 1020 Sci Foundations of Nutrition (LS) 3
NURS 3900
or Pathophysiology
General Education (Literature/Humanities) 3
General Education (American Institutions) 3
Elective 3
3rd Year
Fall Semester
NURS 3005 Foundations of Clinical Nursing Care I 1
NURS 3050 Pharmacology 3
NURS 3210 Health Assessment 2
NURS 3215 Health Assessment Lab 1
NURS 3320 Care of Patients Across the Lifespan I 6
NURS 3321 Care of Patients Across the Lifespan I Clinical (ALCS) 1.5
NURS 3323 Care of the Patients Across the Lifespan I Simulation 0.5
Spring Semester
NURS 3505 Foundations of Clinical Nursing Care II 1
NURS 3650 Evidence Based Practice and Research Methods 3
NURS 3710 Foundations of Professional Nursing 2
NURS 3820 Care of Patients Across the Lifespan II 6
NURS 3821 Care of Patients Across the Lifespan II Clinical (ALCS) 2.5
NURS 3823 Care of Patients Across the Lifespan II Simulation 0.5
4th Year
Fall Semester
NURS 4010 Care of Patients Across the Lifespan III 6
NURS 4011 Care of Patients Across the Lifespan III Clinical (ALCS) 2.5
NURS 4013 Care of Patients Across the Lifespan III Simulation 0.5
NURS 4300 Community/Global Health Nursing 4
NURS 4301 Community/Global Health Nursing Clinical (ALCS) 2
Spring Semester
NURS 4500 Contemporary Nursing 3
NURS 4700 Leadership and Management Capstone 4
NURS 4701 Leadership and Management Capstone Clinical (ALCS) 2.5
NURS 4703 Leadership and Management Capstone Simulation 0.5
NURS 4750 Concept Synthesis 5
 Total Hours120-122

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 across the lifespan and health illness continuum.
  2. Integrate reliable evidence from multiple perspectives in order to demonstrate clinical reasoning.
  3. Develop and maintain therapeutic interactions with a variety of clients and inter-professional team members to improve patient health outcomes.
  4. Facilitate culturally sensitive holistic nursing care while protecting and promoting human dignity and diversity for a variety of populations.
  5. Comply with legal and ethical standards of nursing practice through application of leadership, skills, and clinical judgment.