Utah Nursing Universities with Degree Program Overviews

Jul 26, 2019

There are 30 colleges within Utah that have nursing degrees. Read an overview of the 10 largest schools' programs, requirements and tuition info and find out which school is the right one for you.

Essential Information

Anyone interested in pursuing a nursing career in Utah can find a variety of educational programs at large local universities. Students may choose from certificate programs to doctoral degrees. While some programs - such as those leading to certificates and associate's degrees - are primarily designed for students new to nursing, many others are 'bridge' or cross-over programs, enabling currently certified nurses to advance their careers through continued education. Almost all nursing programs incorporate practicum requirements which may include internships.

The 10 largest schools in Utah offering nursing programs are presented below.

Brigham Young University - Provo

Owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Brigham Young University in Provo was founded in 1875. Brigham Young University's College of Nursing enrolls over 350 students in its undergraduate and graduate programs. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program prepares students to work as RNs in a variety of health care settings. This full-time program includes 6 semesters of nursing coursework and clinical experience. Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) students must specialize in family nurse practitioner, in which they'll learn about topics such as care management and the management of certain conditions. Students travel to clinical settings throughout urban and rural Utah.

Dixie State University

Dixie State University in Saint George, Utah, offers undergraduate degrees through its School of Nursing & Allied Health. The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program trains students to become RNs and provide direct care to patients. For those individuals who are already licensed as RNs, there's also an RN to BSN program in which they can earn their bachelor's degree. This degree program provides advanced study and the opportunity to continue on to graduate school.

Salt Lake Community College

Salt Lake Community College is a 2-year school in Salt Lake City, and is the largest college in the state with the most diversified student population. The Associate of Applied Science in Nursing program offers coursework such as pharmacology, maternal/newborn, care of children and community nursing. Graduates are also prepared to transfer to a 4-year BSN program. For current LPNs and Licensing Vocational Nurses, an advanced placement program is available to earn the associate's degree.

Snow College

Snow College in Ephraim offers a 30-credit certificate in practical nursing. Coursework includes caring for the adult, pediatric-maternity nursing, pharmacology and mental health fundamentals. A certificate program in nursing assistant/home health aide is also available. Additional required courses may be added to any of these certificate programs to achieve an Associate in Applied Science degree.

Southern Utah University

Located in Cedar City, Southern Utah University is considered the chosen liberal arts and sciences university in Utah. The nursing department is housed in the Walter Maxwell Gibson College of Science & Engineering and offers both pre- and post-licensure BSN programs. Students in either program will complete courses such as the care of adults, concepts in mental health nursing and fundamentals of nursing practice.

University of Utah

The University of Utah is a public university in Salt Lake City enrolling just over 31,500 students. The university is the oldest higher education institution in the state. Both undergraduate and graduate degrees are available in nursing. Students interested in pursuing a BSN have multiple tracks from which to choose. The traditional program requires 4 semesters beyond prerequisite work. There's also an online RN to BSN program and an accelerated second degree BSN for individuals who have already earned a bachelor's degree in another discipline.

MSN students may specialize in nursing informatics, nursing education or care management. The school also offers a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in 5 specialties: nurse midwifery and women's health nurse practitioner, adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner and neonatal nurse practitioner. The PhD in Nursing program prepares students for careers in research.

Utah State University

Utah State University in Logan provides an Associate of Science in Nursing program in conjunction with Weber State University. Students complete all the prerequisite nursing coursework at Utah State University before transferring to Weber State to complete the degree program. After completing the first year, students may take the national licensing examination to become a practical nurse.

Utah Valley University

Utah Valley University in Orem offers a variety of nursing degrees. The Associate in Science in Nursing program provides students with a Bachelor of Science completion option for those graduates who pass the NCLEX-RN examination. Associate's degree students may complete courses such as nursing health assessment, nursing care of child rearing families, patient care preceptorship and mental health nursing. The MSN program is intended for students with a BSN. They'll learn advanced nursing concepts and be provided with the skills needed to practice in a variety of different health care settings.

Weber State University

Weber State University is a public university located in Ogden. Both the associate's degree programs and the PN to RN program prepare students for RN licensure. The RN to BSN and MSN programs require prior RN licensure. Depending on the associate's degree, students may be required to complete 86 or 68 credits. The BSN curriculum can be completed in 4 semesters. MSN students are asked to specialize in nurse leader educator, nurse leader executive or nurse practitioner.

Western Governors University

In Salt Lake City, Western Governors University has bachelor's and master's degrees for aspiring nursing students. There's both a pre- and post-licensure BSN degree. Pre-licensure students take courses in foundations, nursing science and nursing related science. Students will take online courses that are supplemented with clinical coursework and mandated simulated lab experience, whereas post-licensure students may earn their degree entirely online. MSN students must specialize in education or leadership and management.

Career Requirements

Both Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) and Registered Nurses (RNs) must complete an approved educational program. Utah's Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing mandates that aspiring nurses pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) in their intended nursing practice. All undergraduate programs listed below train students for this examination.

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type & Setting Nursing Degree Programs Offered Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)
Brigham Young University - Provo 4-year, private not-for-profit; midsize city Bachelor of Science in Nursing,
Master of Science in Nursing
Dixie State University 4-year, public; small city Associate Degree Nursing,
$5,253 in-state*
$15,051 out-of-state*
Salt Lake Community College 2-year, public; large suburb Associate of Applied Science in Nursing $3,843 in-state*
$12,206 out-of-state*
Snow College 4-year, public; remote town Certificate of Completion in Practical Nursing $3,742 in-state*
$12,562 out-of-state*
Southern Utah University 4-year, public; remote town Bachelor of Science in Nursing $6,770 in-state*
$20,586 out-of-state*
University of Utah 4-year, public; midsize city Bachelor of Science in Nursing,
RN to BSN,
RN to MSN,
Master of Science in Nursing,
Doctor of Nursing Practice,
PhD in Nursing
$9,222 in-state*
$29,215 out-of-state*
Utah State University 4-year, public; small city Associate of Science in Nursing $8,138 in-state*
$22,316 out-of-state*
Utah Valley University 4-year, public; small city Associate in Science in Nursing,
RN to BSN,
Master of Science in Nursing
$5,726 in-state*
$16,296 out-of-state*
Weber State University 4-year, public; small city Associate of Science in Nursing,
Associate of Applied Science in Nursing,
PN to RN,
RN to BSN,
Master of Science in Nursing
$5,859 in-state*
$15,646 out-of-state*
Western Governors University 4-year, private not-for-profit; large suburb Bachelor of Science in Nursing,
RN to BSN,
Master of Science in Nursing

Source: *NCES College Navigator

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