BS in Nursing - Accelerated Program

The College of Nursing offers an Accelerated Nursing Program for students who want to earn a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing degree in 16 months. This program begins each summer and runs for four consecutive semesters.

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.

Admission Requirements

1. Completed University of Utah Admission application, if not currently enrolled at the University of Utah.

2. Completed College of Nursing application.

Available in August 2014 for the 2015 admissions cycle.

3. Completion of general education requirements prior to starting the nursing program.

PLEASE NOTE: Regardless of educational background, the U of U requires completion of an American Institutions (AI) course. It is highly recommended that you contact University College (801-581-8146) to verify completion the AI requirement.

Current U of U students can verify completion of general education requirements and AI via the Degree Audit Report (DARS).

4. Completion of the ten (10) nursing prerequisite courses with a letter grade of C or higher prior to entering the program (C- grades are not accepted and must be repeated). Please note that repeating prerequisite courses can have an adverse impact. 

EXCEPTIONS TO REPEAT POLICY

a. Anatomy and Physiology have a 7-year time limit and must be repeated if taken over 7 years ago. Repeats due to expired time limits, if a letter grade of C or higher was earned, do not adversely effect an applicant.

b. The remaining eight (8) prerequisite courses can be repeated if taken over 10 years ago with a letter grade of C or higher without adverse effects.

5. Minimum 3.0 grade point average (GPA) on a scale of 4.0 in all prerequisite courses.

6. Minimum 2.8 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a scale of 4.0.

Last 75 credit hours will be used to calculate cumulative GPA.

7. Official transcripts from all universities and colleges attending (including the University of Utah) must be sent to the College of Nursing. Official copies must also be sent to the University of Utah Undergraduate Admissions Office if you are applying to the U.

8. Three professional letters of recommendation on a standard form included in the College of Nursing application.

9. Completion of a 750-1000 word count esay. Topic is provided in the College of Nursing application.

10. Professional resume.

11. Electronic Interview.

12. Applicants for whom English is a second language must score 50 or higher on the SPEAK test. Required SPEAK test authorization forms are available in the College of Nursing Student Services Office (room 2200).

Please note that meeting the minimum admission 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 letter grade of C or better.

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. Essay
  5. Electronic interview that you will schedule though the online application system
  6. Current, official transcripts sent to the University Office of Admissions (if applying to the University) and College of Nursing

Additional Requirements

  • 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

COLLEGE OF NURSING APPLICATION

Students are responsible for the completion of their application file. ALL APPLICATION MATERIALS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY THE APPLICATION DEADLINE. Incomplete files will not be reviewed.

The College of Nursing Application Portal for Summer Semester 2015 will be available in August 2014.

  • Recommended Deadline for 2015 Admissions Cycle: December 1, 2014
  • Final Deadline for 2015 Admissions Cycle: January 15, 2015

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 of Utah. There is an application fee for the University of Utah, but not for the College of Nursing.

COLLEGE OF NURSING APPLICATION REVIEW

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. 

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 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

Print Accelerated BS in Nursing Program of Study

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: 5/27/2014

How do I make an appointment with a Nursing Academic Advisor?
How many applications are received each year for the accelerated 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. We highly recommend attending a College of Nursing information session prior to your advising meeting.

  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 on 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, cumulative GPA, number of repeated prerequisite courses

    • Letters of recommendation

    • Resume: work experience, health care experience, leadership experience, community service/volunteer work

    • Essay

    • 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 March. 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?

    Applicants may apply to either the accelerated or traditional program regardless of their educational background; they cannot apply to both programs during the same admissions cycle.

  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 a few 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.