May 23, 2024  
2014-2015 General Catalog 

Department of Nursing

Department Information

Department Chair: Donna J. A. Lister
Center for Health & Molecular Sciences SCA 108B ~ (435) 586-7915

Administrative Assistant II/Office Manager: Teresa Higbee
SCA 108C~ (435) 586-7915

Administrative Assistant I/Admissions: Vikki Robertson
SCA 108A~ (435) 586-1906

Department Website:

College Website:

Advisement Website:

Academic Advisors:
(A-G) Jared Wilcken,, SC 304C ~ (435) 586-5420
(H-N) Reko Hargrave,, SC 304A ~ (435) 586-5420
(O-Z) Brittney Hernandez,, SC 304B ~ (435) 586-5420

Faculty: Associate Professor: Donna J. A. Lister;
Assistant Professors: Selwyn Layton, (NTT); Alan H. Pearson; Rebecca Rasmusson, (NTT); Shelley Sanderson, (NTT); Kevin D. Tipton, (NTT); Janet Warner, (NTT); Daphne Solomon
Lab Specialist
: Betsy Hatfield 

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Pre-Licensure Emphasis  (no minor required)
RN to BSN Emphasis  (no minor required) 

Overview of Programs

The Department of Nursing provides academic programs that prepare individuals for professional nursing practice. A Bachelor of Science in Nursing is recommended for students preparing for entry into nursing practice. We offer a learning-centered education that meets the requirements for a baccalaureate degree at SUU and ensures that graduates have the abilities to be successful professional nurses.


The Department of Nursing provides learning opportunities that engage students in a comprehensive program of classroom and experiential learning that emphasizes caring, critical thinking, problem solving, accountability, ethical clinical decision making, and communication. 


The observable, measurable goals of the Department of Nursing and the objectives by which we will accomplish them are:

  • To prepare graduates to successfully enter nursing practice by offering well-planned and pedagogically sound learning experiences in courses and in authentic scholarly projects that develop skills in evidence-based analysis, communication, critical thinking, organization, problem solving, and ethical clinical decision making.
  • To develop technically proficient nurses by offering students hands-on experiences with state-of-the-art health care equipment and providing coursework and clinical practicum opportunities.
  • To support faculty members as health care professionals who demonstrate excellence in teaching, scholarly endeavors, and professional community service and who provide leadership in nursing by rewarding good teaching, encouraging participation in community and professional organizations, and scholarly engagement in current practice.

Department/Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Southern Utah University Baccalaureate Nursing Program, graduates will be able to do the following:

  1. Provide quality professional nursing care based on a synthesis of theoretical and empirical knowledge from nursing, physical and social sciences, arts and humanities, and life experiences.
  2. Use evidence as the basis for clinically competent contemporary nursing care.
  3. Communicate effectively using various means in a variety of roles and settings.
  4. Optimize health care to diverse individuals, families, groups and communities through collaboration with interdisciplinary health care teams.
  5. Demonstrate intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and motivation toward life-long learning.
  6. Influence the quality of nursing and health care using leadership skills, management concepts, and a knowledge of the political system.
  7. Be legally and ethically accountable for clinical nursing practice.
  8. Assume the role of generalist nurse and become a responsible member of the profession. 

Other Information

Licensure Preparation

Graduation from the SUU Department of Nursing is not a guarantee of licensure, successful completion of the SUU BSN degree entitles the graduate to apply for the registered nurse national examination for licensure (NCLEX®-RN). In order to be licensed as a registered nurse in the state of Utah, the application must be in conformity with the Utah Nurse Practice Act. Applicants/students who have been convicted of a felony, treated for mental illness or substance abuse should discuss their eligibility to take the RN licensure exam with the Utah State Board of Nursing. The Utah State Board of Nursing makes the final decision as to whether a license will be issued to practice nursing in the State of Utah. If you have questions regarding this, please contact the State Board of Nursing, 160 East 300 South, Salt Lake City, Utah. Phone Number; 801/530-6628 or Toll Free in Utah 866/275-3675.

All pre-nursing and nursing students should seek advisement every semester to remain current and on track for application to, progression through, and graduation from the nursing program.

For Department of Nursing Admission Information:

Vikki Robertson, Administrative Assistant I/Admissions,
Nursing Department, SCA 108A
351 W University Blvd, Cedar City, UT 84720
(435) 586-1906,

(A-G) Jared Wilcken,, SC 304C ~ (435) 586-5420
(H-N) Reko Hargrave,, SC 304A ~ (435) 586-5420
(O-Z) Brittney Hernandez,, SC 304B ~ (435) 586-5420

Admission to the SUU Baccalaureate Nursing Program is competitive. Students must apply and be accepted to enter the nursing program. In addition to an outstanding academic record, we admit students based on numerous qualities, including leadership, work and volunteer experiences and potential for success as presented in the application.