Delaware State University (DSU)

Delaware State University (DSU) Department of Nursing offers ACEN accredited Traditional Bachelor of Science with a Major in Nursing programs. Schools Scholarships Student Support

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  • Accreditations ACEN CCNE COA
  • Location(s) Delaware
  • Address 1200 N. Dupont Highway, Dover, Delaware, 19901
  • Telephone 1-302-857-6750
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In 1891, Delaware State University (DSU), a public institution, was founded.

Bachelor of Science with a Major in Nursing

Delaware State's undergraduate nursing degree program upholds itself to the highest degree of face-to-face interaction between instructors and students. The nursing students at Delaware State University are offered classrooms with up-to-date technology, simulation labs, and clinical rotations that include electronic medication carts, computerized monitors, and other high-tech tools of the nursing profession.

The Nursing Bachelor's program can be completed in four (4) years. Prior to core nursing courses, the student takes two (2) years of pre-professional courses that include liberal arts and science-based courses. Students then apply for the professional phase of the nursing major during their Sophomore year.

The Sophomore year nursing courses include both nursing theory and related laboratory and clinical study. The clinical rotations help integrate classroom learning activities. A variety of local health care agencies include hospitals, long term care facilities, clinics, and community health settings; all providing ideal opportunities for the student.

Graduates of the nursing program will receive a Bachelor of Science degree with a Major in Nursing. Graduates are then eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and become eligible for state RN licensure.

Admission (not all inclusive)

  • Minimal 3.0 GPA
  • Prerequisites must be completed in the Spring of applying semester
  • Students will be allowed to repeat one identified Science course (A&P I, A&P II, Microbiology and Pathophysiology)
  • Students will be allowed to transfer in 2 of the 4 identified Science courses; 2 Science courses must be completed at DSU
  • Science courses that are 5-years or older will not be transferable

Frequently Asked Questions

I am still in High School. Can you tell me what are some subjects I should be taking that will help me in the admission process?
Prospective students should have taken High School Chemistry, Biology, and Mathematics.
I want to apply to Delaware State University. I took a couple of pre-requisite Science classes approximately 7 years ago and made an A. Will I be able to use these at DSU?
No. Science courses that are 5-years or older will not be transferable.
Is there a Pre-admission test that I have to take and pass? Also, are students ranked based on these tests?
The pre-admission test for all nursing majors, effective September 2017, is the ATI TEAS test and if there is a tie in scores, ranking the students will be based upon the highest total percentile score.
If I applied to the program in October 2017 and took my NLN-PAX in 2016, do I have to take the TEAS?
No, if you took it within the 2 years prior to September 2017 and can present passing scores, you do not need to take the ATI-TEAS.
What is the minimum passing scores for the ATI-TEAS and NLN-PAX?
For the ATI-TEAS, the minimum score to pass is called the Proficiency level. For the NLN-PAX, the minimum score to pass is 55% on all three sections.
If I do not pass the ATI-TEAS, what happens?
If you do not pass the exam on the first attempt, it is recommended you seek out remediation for the exam. You can take it up to three times.

Accreditation and Approval

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education accredited Delaware State University

The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) accredited Delaware State University's Bachelor of Science with a Major in Nursing program.

The Delaware Board of Nursing approved Delaware State's undergraduate nursing degree program.


US News & World Report (2019)

  • #142-#187 in Regional Universities North
  • #12 (tie) in Historically Black Colleges and Universities

NICHE (2019)

  • Most Diverse Colleges in America #203 of 1,592
  • Most Liberal Colleges in America #235 of 687
  • Colleges with the Best Academics in America #735 of 1,591
  • Most Diverse Colleges in Delaware #1 of 6
  • Most Liberal Colleges in Delaware #1 of 3

College Factual ranked DSU #2 Best Colleges for the Money in Delaware (2018-2019).

DSU was ranked #722 in their "Best Colleges For Your Money 2019" by MONEY Magazine.

DSU was listed #2 by in their "Best Colleges in Delaware" profile (2018).

NCLEX-RN Pass Rates

  • 2018 - 100%
  • 2017- 90.0%
  • 2016- 83.3%
  • 2015- 84.0%

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