Eligibility & Prerequisites
- Completion of an associate degree (AS or AAS) from an accredited institution in nursing from a nursing program recognized by the University of Utah.
- Current, unencumbered license as an RN or successful completion of NCLEX within two months of starting RN-BS program.
- Completion of all general education requirements prior to starting the nursing program from a regionally accredited institution. Contact Academic Advising Center to verify completion of courses. Current U of U students can verify completion of general education requirements via My Degree Dashboard (formerly DARS) in CIS. Students with an AAS degree will likely have outstanding general education requirements and must review these requirements prior to applying to the program.
- Completion of nursing prerequisite courses from a regionally accredited institution with a grade of C or higher.
- Minimum 3.0 prerequisite cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale.
- Minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale.
- Minimum 3.0 nursing program grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale.
Meeting the minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission to the RN-BS program.
Completion of all nursing prerequisite courses listed below is required prior to entry into the nursing program. An applicant can have up to three prerequisite courses not started or in-progress by the application deadline. All prerequisite courses must have a Grade of C or better. It is the applicant's responsibility to submit updated transcripts to ensure the review of the application.
- Principles of Biology
- Human Anatomy
- Human Physiology
- Elementary Chemistry
- Nutrition Intervention
- Human Development: Lifespan
- Medical Microbiology
For the RN-BS Program, prerequisite courses do not expire.
All courses offered at in-state colleges and universities that have been approved are included in the course equivalency chart. If a course you have taken is not on this list or from an out-of-state institution, you may request a course or transcript evaluation. Course or transcript evaluations are not available 30 days prior to an application deadline. Please plan accordingly. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all prerequisites fulfill course requirements.
Request for Course or Transcript Evaluation
For course or transcript evaluations please complete the Transcript Evaluation Form
Items you will need to include when submitting your request for transcript review
- An unofficial copy of your school transcript
- Link to the course description of the classes you are having reviewed
- List of courses you want to have considered
- Syllabus for the course from when you took the course
Please note your request could take up to three weeks for a response and cannot be completed 30 days or less before an application deadline.
Masters Program Prerequisites
Prerequisite courses require a B grade or better and may be completed during the admission process. We strongly recommend that, when possible, applicants have their prerequisite courses completed before applying to the program, or while they are in the application process. It is not recommended that you wait until the summer semester before you begin the program, if you are admitted.
Upper Division Physiology
If you graduated with your BS degree program in nursing over 5 years ago (counted back from the start of your graduate program) then you are required to take an upper division level* physiology course (e.g., NURS 5905 Clinical Physiology) prior to starting the graduate program.
If you graduated from a RN-BS program and did not take an upper division level* course in physiology or pathophysiology then you are required to take an upper division physiology course (e.g., NURS 5905 Clinical Physiology) prior to starting the graduate program.
*Upper division level = 3000 or higher
Note: The College of Nursing offers an upper division level course, NURS 5905 Clinical Physiology (2 credits) to help applicants meet this requirement. NURS 5905 is an online course, offered Spring and Summer semesters, that provides a review of basic physiology of the major organ systems and an introduction to current advanced topics in physiology. Applicants who have not completed this prerequisite can apply to the graduate program while in the process of taking the prerequisite courses.