Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the difference between the Pre-Licensure and Post-Licensure BS?
We get this question a lot. Our Pre-Licensure BS program is for students who do not already have an RN license, want to earn a BS in Nursing, and prepare for the NCLEX licensing exam. The Post-Licensure BS, also known as RN to BS, is for associates degree prepared nurses who already have their RN license or are ready to take the NCLEX licensing exam, and wish to continue their education to earn a BS in Nursing.
The RN is the license issued by the State of Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing and the BS is the degree issued by the University of Utah. Both tracks earn the same degree at the end of the program.
- How do I make an appointment with a Nursing Academic Advisor?
- How many applicants are accepted each year?64 applicants are accepted in the Fall semester and 64 applicants are accepted in the Spring semester.
- 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. You are allowed to apply to one start date per academic year, which means you can apply to either Fall or Spring but not both.
- 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 to 3.70.
- When is the application deadline?
Applications are due March 1 by 11:59 PM Mountain Time for Fall semester and October 1 by 11:59 PM Mountain Time for Spring semester. The application will open 90 days prior to each application deadline.
- Am I required to have direct patient care experience before applying?No, while health care experience is valuable and encouraged, any type of volunteer and work experience will be adequate.
- What factors are used to determine admissions decisions?
There are two parts of the application review process. First, Students Services staff will ensure a submitted application is complete and meets all minimum requirements. Second, College of Nursing faculty will review your application based on overall qualifications and readiness. The following areas are considered during this second portion of the application review process:
- Letters of recommendation
- Resume: work experience, volunteer experience, leadership experience, certifications/awards, education
- Electronic interview
- Where do I send my official transcripts?
Official transcripts are not required during the application process. You will be asked to upload an unofficial transcript for every school you have attended, including any concurrent enrollment, and University of Utah. Accepted transfer credit at college or university does not substitute the need for a transcript from a school. If you are accepted into the program you will be required to send official transcripts to the College of Nursing, Office of Students Services.
You can send the transcripts:
- By mail or in-person (transcript must be in a sealed envelope from the issuing institution) to:
College of Nursing
10 South 2000 East, Suite 2200
Salt Lake City Utah 84112
- By official email direct from the institution firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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.
- What prerequisite courses are required for the U of U College of Nursing?
There are nine 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.
- General Biology(*)
- Human Anatomy(*)
- Human Physiology(*)
- Elementary Chemistry(*)
- Nutrition Intervention
- Human Growth and Development
- Do I need to apply to the University of Utah separately?If you are not already a current University of Utah student, your admissions to the College of Nursing is contingent upon being admitted to the University of Utah. It is your responsibility to apply to the University of Utah through Main Campus admissions prior to the College of Nursing application deadline. Please be aware of the Main Campus application deadlines or you will be subject to late fees. All College of Nursing applicants must apply to the University of Utah; this is a separate application process.
- When are applicants notified of admissions decisions?Electronic decision letters are sent approximately six to eight weeks after the application deadline to email provided on your application.
- Can I apply for both Fall and Spring admission?Yes, applicants may apply for either the Fall Semester or Spring Semester start date.
- 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 complete the transcript/course evaluation form. Please note your request could take up to three weeks. Course or transcript evaluations are not available 30 days prior to an application deadline.
- 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.
- What is the cost of attendance for the nursing program?
- How long is the program once admitted?
Once admitted to the nursing program, the nursing courses are completed in four consecutive semesters.
- Does the nursing program fulfill the requirements of a Bachelors of Science degree at the University of Utah?
Yes, completion of the four-semester 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
- Are immunizations and a drug test required?
Yes, you will be required to purchase a certified background check and drug screen package from CastleBranch, which will cost you approximately $135.00.
Prior to starting the program you will need to be current with all of the following immunizations:
- Hepatitis A series
- Hepatitis B 3 shot series with titer
- TB skin test/yearly (2 step or blood test)
- Flu Shot (during flu season, yearly)
You will also be required to show proof of CPR adult and child certification from American Heart Association, First Aid is optional.
- Is there an orientation for incoming students?You will be required to attend a two-day on-campus orientation prior to the start of the program. This typically happens the week before the semester begins. Your Program Manager will provide exact details.