Applications are accepted once a year for fall semester. Individuals apply directly to the College of Nursing for the nursing portion and to the University of Utah's Office of Admissions for regular college admission. Admission to the University of Utah does not constitute acceptance into NEAP and acceptance to NEAP does not constitute admission to the University of Utah.


A complete application must be received by the February 1 deadline at 11:59 PM MST

2018 Application will be available in mid-October 2017

Completed Application Includes:

  • Submitted College of Nursing Application which includes:
    • Personal Essay
    • Electronic Interview
    • Resume
  • Three letters of recommendation - recommendations are submitted through the online application system.
  • Official high school transcripts that includes your ACT/SAT score(s).
  • Official transcripts from any and all college or university when high school concurrent enrollment courses are taken.
  • Applications will only be reviewed if they are complete by the deadline and meet all eligibility requirements listed on the website.

Personal Essay

TOPIC: The most common answer to "Why do you want to be a nurse?" is "I want to help people". Tell us what "helping people as a nurse" means to you. Include any experiences or reasons that influence your decision to become a nurse.

Essays will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Relevance to the question
  • Organization/logic/clarity
  • Writing style (technical aspects, e.g., grammar, punctuation, and capitalization)

The essay should be three pages (approx 750 words) or less and double-spaced. References may be used if appropriate, but are not necessary. If used, they must be properly documented.

Electronic Interview

PLEASE NOTE: Once you click on the Electronic Interview link below, you must complete the interview. You can access the link ONE time (which is available within the application).

You will have 30 minutes (self-timed) to respond to the electronic interview questions. Review your responses carefully. No changes can be made once your interview has been submitted. You are RESPONSIBLE for managing your own time. Interviews that exceed the 30 minute time limit, will receive deductions during the admissions process.


PLEASE NOTE: Your resume is your opportunity to introduce yourself to the Admissions Committee. Unlike your professional resume, here you should take the opportunity to expand on your accomplishments. Information should be detailed, but with concise & professional information. Please limit your work to 3 pages, and follow the basic format outlined below.

Education- Year graduated from high school any additional institutions attended for concurrent enrollment, degree(s) earned

Work Experience- Position, employer, specific dates of employment, brief description of duties and primary achievements. Start with most recent first. Any type of work experience is acceptable.

Examples of Work Experience: Research, Supervisory, Professional, Non-Clinical, Non-Medical Related, Clinical - Direct Patient Contact (CNA, Phlebotomist, EMT, Healthcare/Medical Assistant, Paramedic)

Volunteer Experience- Name of the organization, your role in the organization, how long you served (dates, hours per week), brief description of responsibilities

Examples of Volunteer Experience: Campus, Community, Religious Service

Leadership Experience- Your title or designated role, how long you served (dates, hours per week), brief description

Examples of Leadership Experience: Mentor/Tutor, Teaching Assistant, Research Assistant, Governance of Clubs/Organizations, Religious Service, Military Service, Parent Teacher Organizations, Managing/Supervising, President, Training new employees, coaching, etc.

Awards, Publications and/or Recognition


Other Relevant Experiences- List any other information that you believe is important to the selection process. Such information could include study abroad, conferences attended, competitions entered, internships or research opportunities, ability to speak another language, etc.

Official Transcripts

All official transcripts from High School, any concurrent enrollment courses, and/or colleges you have attended must be sent to the College of Nursing and received by the application deadline.

You can send the transcript by mail or you can hand deliver the transcript in a sealed envelope to:

College of Nursing
Student Services
10 S. 2000 E.
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

or by official email direct from the institution (this includes the National Clearinghouse):

If you are sending a transcript from an institution that you are currently enrolled in classes, it is your responsibility to submit updated transcripts when In-Progress classes are completed and graded.

Often your ACT/SAT score(s) are included on your high school transcript. Check with your high school transcript office to see if that is the case before sending official ones directly from ACT and/or SAT.

Admissions Process

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. 

All applicants will receive notification regarding the status of their application via email.

Students who are denied admission are still eligible to apply to our regular nursing program after completing the required prerequisite classes.

Contact Us

Office of Student Services
Phone: 801-587-3194

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Program Manager
Savannah Manwill
Phone: 801-581-8487


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