BS in Nursing - Accelerated Program
The College of Nursing offers a 16 month Accelerated Nursing Program for students who have earned a bachelor’s degree in another field from an accredited institution and have completed all of the nursing program prerequisites. This program begins each summer semester and runs for four consecutive semesters.
In most cases, students in the accelerated baccalaureate program do not have to complete general education requirements; however, applicants should consult the University of Utah Transfer Office to verify that they have met all degree requirements.
The curriculum in the nursing program provides learning experiences in health promotion, acute care and community health nursing, health care disparities, global health nursing, health policy and issues associated with special populations. Students receive supervised clinical learning experiences with clients in a variety of settings for approximately 12–24 hours per week. Exposure to nursing research, community-engaged learning and leadership experiences are integrated throughout the program.
- Completion of a non-nursing Bachelor’s degree prior to starting the nursing program
- Completion of general education requirements prior to starting the nursing program
- Completion of the ten (10) nursing prerequisite courses with a grade of C or higher prior to entering the program (C- grades are not accepted)
- Minimum 3.0 grade point average (GPA) on a scale of 4.0 in all prerequisite courses
- Minimum 2.8 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a scale of 4.0
The most competitive candidates will have had some volunteer or employment experience in a health care setting, leadership opportunities and community service.
Please note that meeting the minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee that an applicant will be admitted to the program.
Completion of all ten (10) nursing prerequisite courses listed below is required prior to entry into the nursing program. All prerequisite courses must have a Grade of C or better. It is the applicant's responsibility to submit updated transcripts to ensure the review of the application.
The six (6) prerequisite courses identified with an asterisk (*) must be completed before the application deadline. If these courses are not completed, your application will not be considered. There are no exceptions to this requirement.
Principles of Biology (*)
Human Anatomy (*)
Human Physiology (*)
Elementary Chemistry (*)
Elementary Bio-Organic Chemistry (*)
Introduction to Statistical Inference (*)
If a course is not listed on the College of Nursing Course Equivalency Chart below, it is the sole responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the course meets the prerequisite requirements by contacting the College of Nursing.
Applications are accepted once a year for summer semester admission. Individuals apply directly to the College of Nursing. If you are not currently a University of Utah student, you must also apply to the University of Utah's Office of Admissions. Admission to the University of Utah does not constitute admission to the accelerated nursing program.
Applications to the nursing programs are accepted through our convenient online application system. You will be able to create an account with a PIN and password so that you can return to work on your application over several sessions. Instructions for each component of the application are provided within the online application. The following is an overview of the application materials:
Students are responsible for the completion of their application file. Incomplete files will not be reviewed.
COLLEGE OF NURSING APPLICATION
The College of Nursing Application Portal for Summer Semester 2014 is now OPEN.
Click here to access the College of Nursing application.
UNIVERSITY OF UTAH APPLICATION
If you are not a current University of Utah student, you must also apply to the university. Apply to the University of Utah. There is an application fee for the University of Utah, but not for the College of Nursing.
Applications are carefully reviewed by the Baccalaureate Admissions and Advancement Committee on the basis of academic qualifications as well as promise for success in the program and potential for contributions to the profession. The College of Nursing adheres to the University of Utah's policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity in admission decisions. If the number of qualified applicants exceeds the resources of the college, students are accepted on the basis of the recommendations of the Baccalaureate Admissions and Advancement Committee and the Dean of the college. Final acceptance is contingent on receipt of official transcripts and the successful completion of required prerequisite courses with a grade of C or higher. If the applicant does not enroll as a student and enter the College of Nursing the first day of classes for the semester admitted, the position in the entering class will be forfeited.
All applicants will receive notification about the status of their application by email.
Students who are denied admission are responsible for completing and submitting a new application each admission cycle. Applications are not automatically forwarded. Applications from individuals who have applied in the past are reviewed as a member of the current applicant pool. Individuals who reapply must be currently admitted to the University of Utah.
Once admitted to the accelerated nursing program, the nursing courses are completed in four (4) consecutive semesters. Completion of the four-semester accelerated program fulfills all additional Bachelor of Science degree requirements including the following:
- Upper division communication/writing (CW)
- Diversity (DV)
- Upper division international (IR)
- Two BS quantitative intensive (QI) courses
University of Utah students use the Graduation Planning System (GPS) to develop their program of study and ensure successful progression during their undergraduate studies.
How do I make an appointment with a Nursing Academic Advisor?
How many applications are received each year for the traditional program?
How many applicants are accepted each year?
Is there a waiting list?
What is the average GPA of applicants admitted to the program?
When is the application deadline?
How often does the College of Nursing accept applications?
Are you required to be a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) to apply?
What factors are used to determine admissions decisions?
Where do I send my official transcripts?
What prerequisite courses are required for the U of U College of Nursing?
When are applicants notified of admissions decisions?
What is the SPEAK Test?
Can I also apply to the traditional nursing program?
How do I find out if the courses I have taken will fulfill the College of Nursing prerequisite requirements?
How many clinical hours are required in the nursing program?
What is the cost of attendance for the Traditional nursing program?
How do I get my transcripts reviewed for prerequisite completion?
Students need to attend an information session prior to scheduling a one-on-one advising appointment (exceptions may be made for out-of-state and distance students). Once a student has attended an information session, they can call 801-581-3414 to schedule an advising appointment. Information sessions are held twice a month.
Approximately 175–200 applications are received each admissions cycle.
Sixty-four (64) applicants are accepted.
No. The University of Utah College of Nursing does not have a waiting list. If an applicant is not admitted, they may reapply the following year.
The average cumulative GPA is 3.55. The average prerequisite GPA is 3.50–3.70.
Applications must be submitted by midnight January 15th.
Once a year; applications are available in August or September for the January 15th deadline.
No. The College of Nursing does not require you to be a Certified Nurse Assistant, but being a CNA is an excellent way to gain health care experience. Other ways to gain health care experience include volunteering at a nursing home, hospital or organization, such as the Red Cross; doing healthcare research; or obtaining certifications as an emergency medical technician, medical assistant or the like.
The following areas are considered during the application review process:
Academic ability: prerequisite GPA and cumulative GPA
Letters of recommendation
Resume: work experience, health care experience, leadership experience, community service/volunteer work, in addition to …??
Short-answer question responses
Applicants must request two copies of their transcripts from every college/university attended. One copy needs to be sent to the U of U Admissions Office and the other to the College of Nursing at the following address:
College of Nursing
10 South 2000 East
Salt Lake City, Utah 84112
There are ten prerequisite courses. The prerequisites marked with an (*) must be completed and graded at the time of application. The remaining four must be complete prior to entry into the nursing program.
Decision letters are sent no later than the end of April. Notifications are sent by email.
The SPEAK test is an exam that evaluates a student's ability to speak and comprehend English. The test is required for all applicants who learned English as a second language. Applicants taking the exam will need to obtain the SPEAK test authorization from the Student Services Office in the College of Nursing (room 2200) prior to scheduling the exam.
No. The traditional nursing program is for applicants who have not earned a bachelor’s degree. Individuals with a bachelor’s degree must apply to the accelerated program.
View the College of Nursing course equivalencies for all major colleges and universities in Utah. If your course is not listed, please email a copy of your transcripts and applicable course descriptions to email@example.com for review. Please note that transcript reviews may take several weeks.
Students will complete just over 1,000 hours in the clinical setting while in the program.
Nursing students pay current University of Utah upper division tuition rates plus a nursing differential. Tuition is based on total number of credits taken per semester. The current nursing differential rate can be found under Additional Charges and Explanations.
For information about the program, including application and admission requirements, contact:
Phone: (801) 587-7605