Frequently Asked Questions

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Q. Why Dordt University and not another nursing program?  

A. Our program is one of 45 programs of study on campus contributing to a vibrant learning community. Campus and educational activities work hand-in-hand allowing for many opportunities within and outside the classroom. The primary focus of the nursing faculty is to shape, nurture, and challenge students, providing a personal, God-glorifying learning experience.

Q. When will I start in the nursing program? 


A. Nursing students apply for admission into the program simultaneously with their application to Dordt University. As soon as the admission criteria are met, the student will be notified; there is no waiting list. The program has an established plan of study relieving students of the burden of planning out eight semesters of classes.


Q. What is clinical and what’s it like? 

A. Fun! Sometimes scary. Interesting. Eye-opening. Stressful. These are student words used to describe the clinical experience.  Initially, students will spend time in the clinical practice laboratory or simulation laboratory. When ready, students will experience providing direct patient care in a variety of facilities offering medical, surgical, obstetric, pediatric, psychiatric, and public health nursing care. Although students may have a favorite area of clinical, these expansive experiences expose students to a wide variety of practice settings and the many possibilities for their emerging vocation. 

Q. What are nursing skills? 

A. Every Registered Nurse learns basic skills to provide safe nursing care to patients. One example is taking a blood pressure and understanding what the numbers indicate. The skill of properly administering medications and other treatments is critical to the patient’s well-being and the nurse continually assesses and evaluates the patient’s status. The Registered Nurse monitors the patient’s psychological and emotional needs. They coordinate and facilitate patient care requirements and interventions among numerous providers in the healthcare setting.

Q. How do I get to the clinical facilities? 

A. Students may travel to the assigned clinical sites mostly in their own vehicle and occasionally together as a group using a university vehicle.

Q. Can I be involved in co-curricular activities and the nursing program? 

A. Yes! We encourage students to be fully involved in the Dordt University experience! Students involved in co-curricular activities must communicate their schedules with their instructors, coaches, and directors ahead of event times, and they need to be excellent time managers.

Q. When can I start working as an RN? 

A. When you have completed your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) degree at Dordt University you will be eligible to sit for the NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination), the national licensing exam taken by all student nurses. After successful completion of this exam, you will be eligible to be licensed as an R.N. in whichever U.S. state you choose.