Bachelor of Science in Nursing
According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) "Baccalaureate nursing programs encompass all of the course work taught in associate degree and diploma programs plus a more in-depth treatment of the physical and social sciences, nursing research, public and community health, nursing management, and the humanities. The additional course work enhances the student’s professional development, prepares the new nurse for a broader scope of practice, and provides the nurse with a better understanding of the cultural, political, economic, and social issues that affect patients and influence health care delivery. Throughout the last decade, policymakers and practice leaders have recognized that education makes a difference."
• More productive, report higher levels of job satisfaction, and participate more readily in quality improvement efforts (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2013)
• Inpatients with serious mental illnesses had better outcomes (2008)
• Surgical patients experienced lower death rates and fewer ‘failure-to-rescue’ rates (2003)
• Fewer deaths in hospitals that have a higher percentage of nurses with baccalaureate degrees (2013)
Why the University of Utah College of Nursing?
The College of Nursing offers a 16-month program for students who want to earn a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing degree. This program begins each Fall and Spring and runs for four consecutive semesters.
At the University of Utah you have the unique opportunity to collaborate with other health care professionals in a simulated learning environment or Inter-professional Experiences (IPE). In this environment students form teams with students from other areas of study including the school of medicine, social work, physical therapy, pharmacy etc. By doing this, nursing students experience what it is like to be part of a large team of professionals working together for the best outcome for the patient.
Throughout the course of your program you have immediate access to a variety of health care settings for clinical opportunities:
- Huntsman Cancer Institute
- Primary Children’s Hospital
- University of Utah Health
- VA Hospital
- Intermountain Health Care Facilities
- Various Community Clinics and Programs
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.