A complete application must be received by the deadline at 11:59 PM Mountain Time
  • Fall 2018 Semester deadline: March 1, 2018
  • Spring 2019 Semester deadline: October 1, 2018

The application portal will be available 90 days prior to the application deadline.

Completed Application Includes

  • Submitted College of Nursing Application, which includes:
    • Personal Essay (Topic listed below)
    • Electronic Interview
    • Resume
  • We recommend having a copy of your transcripts accessible so you can input the information on the pre-requisite portion of the application. If you have your resume and personal essay ready to upload, you should be able to complete the application in approximately one hour.
  • Three letters of recommendation - recommendations are submitted through the online application system. Please have email addresses ready when completing the recommendation request.
  • Transcripts from any and all colleges and universities attended this includes the University of Utah; this includes the transcripts from any college or university when high school concurrent enrollment courses are taken. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable during the application. Official transcripts will be required if you are accepted into the program.
  • 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 1,000 words or less and double-spaced (about 4 pages). 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 within the application, you must complete the interview at that time. You can access the link ONE time. All response are in written form.

You will have 30 minutes (self-timed) to respond to the electronic written 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 and/or college, institutions attended, 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 of responsibilities
    • Examples of Leadership: 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
  • Certifications
  • 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.


Upload an unofficial transcript for each institution of higher education you have attended, regardless of length of attendance, including for courses in-progress. An unofficial transcript for each institution must be submitted separately, this includes the University of Utah, meaning notation of accepted transfer credit does not replace the need for an unofficial transcript from the university from where credits were transferred.

Official transcripts are required by University of Utah Office of Admissions with the application to the University of Utah (a separate application). Please review their requirements to ensure you have met all guidelines and deadlines. Official transcripts will also be required to the College of Nursing if you are accepted into the nursing program.

Official Transcripts can be sent via one of the following methods:

  • Mail or in-person (transcript must be in a sealed envelope from the issuing institution):

College of Nursing
Students Services
10 South 2000 East, Suite 2200
Salt Lake City Utah 84112

  • Official email direct from the institution to
  • Through the National Student Clearinghouse or similar electronic transcript services (i.e. Parchment)

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.

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 listed on the application.

Students who are denied admission are responsible for completing and submitting a new application. Applications are not automatically forwarded.

Contact Us

Office of Student Services
Phone: 801-587-3194

Request More Information

Program Manager
Savannah Manwill
Phone: 801-581-8487



Fall 2018 Semester Start
Application Open: December 1, 2017
Application Deadline: March 1, 2018

Spring 2019 Semester Start
Application Open: July 1, 2018
Application Deadline: October 1, 2018

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