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Utah Nursing Programs and Degrees Guide

The following guide to nursing schools in Utah contains important information, including several program profiles, on the many undergraduate and graduate nursing programs offered in the state. Students can generally tailor their nursing degree by concentrating in a specific area such as nurse educator and nurse administrator. In addition to Utah’s traditional nursing programs, prospective nursing students have the option of earning a bachelor’s or a master’s in nursing online through such online universities as Walden University and the University of Phoenix.

Utah School Facts:

  • 14 colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in nursing.
  • 11 colleges and universities offer a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
  • 9 colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in nursing.
  • Highest graduation rate: Brigham Young University Provo 77%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate: Dixie State University 35%.1
  • Highest net price: Broadview University West Jordan $25,226.1
  • Lowest net price: Snow College $7,816.1
  • Annual undergrad tuition range for schools in Utah with a bachelor’s in nursing program: $4,710 – $28,210.2
  • 2 schools in US News Best Nursing Schools (2011) Top 100: University of Utah (36) and Brigham Young University (99).

Read below to find several profiles of the many bachelor’s and master’s degree in nursing programs available in Utah.

Bachelor’s in Nursing Programs in Utah

University of Utah College of Nursing
The University of Utah College of Nursing’s traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program spans four years with students completing general college coursework and prerequisites in the first two years of the program before entering the nursing major in the junior year. Nursing curriculum takes two years and includes both coursework and a minimum of 1,000 hours of clinical experience. Practicums usually require nursing majors to work between 12 and 24 hours a week. Academically-eligible nursing majors may want to apply for the honors program. The nursing program is competitive with 64 applicants accepted each year.

Eagle Gate College
Eagle Gate College offers current registered nurses, who already possess an associate’s degree in nursing, the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) through the BSN completion program. The program is offered entirely online, although the college also has campuses in Salt Lake City, Layton, and Murray. Students must complete 73 credits to fulfill degree requirements with courses divided between general college requirements and nursing coursework. Nursing classes encompass complex nursing care, aging populations, global health, nursing informatics, and a mandatory practicum. Nursing majors must hold a current registered nurse’s license and must maintain that license throughout the program and to be eligible to participate in a practicum.

Roseman University – Utah
Roseman University has expanded its accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program from its Nevada campus to South Jordan. Serving the Salt Lake Valley, the online ABSN curriculum is completed through a block system, with one course taken at a time. Flexible and varied online courses assist students in achieving professional competency. To demonstrate mastery students must achieve a minimum score of 90% in each course. Graduates will have completed over 70 credit hours, including simulation lab training in an academic setting, and 800 clinical rotation hours. Courses include Nursing Pharmacology, Adult Health Nursing, Maternal Newborn Nursing, and Nursing Leadership. The ABSN program is approved by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

Master’s in Nursing Programs in Utah

Weber State University
Graduate students in Weber State University’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program choose between one of two concentrations: nurse educator and nurse administrator. Both tracts require 40 credits – 15 credits of core courses and 21 credits of concentration-specific coursework – to fulfill degree requirements. Core courses include research methods, research and statistics, advanced nursing practice, and evidence-based practice. In addition to coursework, students must complete a masters project and an internship. Due to the rigorous requirements of the program, students are advised to limit outside work to 24 hours a week. Students generally complete program requirements in four semesters full time.

Utah Valley University
Utah Valley University’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program is designed to prepare graduates for leadership roles and educator positions in the field. Coursework focuses on such topics as leadership development, nursing informatics, advanced nursing theory, and advanced nursing in health systems and policy. Graduate students must either complete a mandatory thesis or an MSN project supervised by a faculty member. Applicants to the program must already hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), must possess a current registered nurse’s license, and must provide three letters of recommendation. Successful candidates must provide evidence of the completion of an undergraduate statistics course.

References:
1. National Center for Education Statistics: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Niche: https://colleges.niche.com/search/t-traditional/sm1-nursing/d-bachelor/st-ut/