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.

Eligibility

  • 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.

Prerequisite Courses

Principles of Biology (*)
Human Anatomy (*)
Human Physiology (*)
Elementary Chemistry (*)
Elementary Bio-Organic Chemistry (*)
Introduction to Statistical Inference (*)
Nutrition Intervention
Human Development:Lifespan
Medical Microbiology
Pathophysiology

Course Equivalencies

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.

View Prerequisite Course Equivalency Chart for the State of Utah (PDF)

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.

Requirements

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:

  1. Personal information, educational and employment history
  2. Professional resume
  3. Three professional letters of recommendation
  4. Responses to short answer questions
  5. Electronic interview that you will schedule though the online application system

Additional Requirements

  • Current official transcripts sent to the University Office of Admissions (if applying to the University) and College of Nursing
  • Score of 50 or higher on the SPEAK test for applicants for whom English is a second language 
  • Any other information requested by the admissions committee

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 CLOSED

Click here to access your submitted 2014 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

Semester 1 - Summer
NURS 3100: Introduction to Professional Nursing (3)
NURS 3105: Foundations of Clinical Care (4)
NURS 3107: Nursing and Health Promotion (3)
NURS 3108: Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing (3)
NURS 3261: Nursing Management of Drug Therapy (3)

Semester 2 - Fall
NURS 3110: Nursing Across Systems and Populations (4)
NURS 3115: Clinical Care of Individuals and Families (6)
NURS 3117: Response to Illness Across the Lifespan (5)

Semester 3 - Spring
NURS 4110: Global Health Nursing (3)
NURS 4115: Clinical Care Across the Lifespan (3)
NURS 4117: Developing Family Systems (3)
NURS 4118: Population Health and Illness (3)
NURS 4119: Clinical Care of Vulnerable Populations (3)
UUHSC 5XXX: IPE Simulation (0.5)

Semester 4 - Summer
NURS 4150: Nursing Initiatives (3)
NURS 4155: Clinical Capstone (8)
UUHSC 5XXX: IPE Simulation (0.5)
Approved Upper Division Elective (3-4)

Program of study is subject to change without prior notification.

University of Utah students use the Graduation Planning System (GPS) to develop their program of study and ensure successful progression during their undergraduate studies.

Updated: 2/11/2014

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?

 

  1. How do I make an appointment with a Nursing Academic Advisor?

    Call 801-581-3414 to schedule an advising appointment.

  2. How many applications are received each year for the traditional program?

    Approximately 175–200 applications are received each admissions cycle.

  3. How many applicants are accepted each year?

    Sixty-four (64) applicants are accepted.

  4. Is there a waiting list?

    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.

  5. What is the average GPA of applicants admitted to the program?

    The average cumulative GPA is 3.55. The average prerequisite GPA is 3.50–3.70.

  6. When is the application deadline?

    Applications must be submitted by midnight January 15th.

  7. How often does the College of Nursing accept applications?

    Once a year; applications are available in August or September for the January 15th deadline.

  8. Are you required to be a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) to apply?

    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.  

  9. What factors are used to determine admissions decisions?

    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

    • Electronic interview

  10. Where do I send my official transcripts?

    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

  11. What prerequisite courses are required for the U of U College of Nursing?

    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.

  12. When are applicants notified of admissions decisions?

    Decision letters are sent no later than the end of April. Notifications are sent by email.

  13. What is the SPEAK Test?

    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.

  14. Can I also apply to the traditional nursing program?

    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.

  15. How do I find out if the courses I have taken will fulfill the College of Nursing prerequisite requirements?

    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 info@nurs.utah.edu for review. Please note that transcript reviews may take several weeks.

  16. How many clinical hours are required in the nursing program?

    Students will complete just over 1,000 hours in the clinical setting while in the program.

  17. What is the cost of attendance for the nursing 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.

  18. How do I get my transcripts reviewed for prerequisite completion?

    Download the transcript review procedure.

For information about the program, including application and admission requirements, contact:

Cynthia Weatbrook
Academic Advisor 

Email: cynthia.weatbrook@nurs.utah.edu
Phone: (801) 581-8794