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.
- When does the program start, and how long does it take to complete?
Currently, students have a fall, spring, or summer semester start option with a two, three, or four consecutive semester program.
- How much will the program cost?
The overall cost will vary depending on tuition rate changes, books and fees. To see the current tuition rates, refer to the "upper division: junior and senior" undergraduate tuition rate schedule online.
Textbook costs average $100/semester. For the 2016-2017 academic year the estimated cost of the program for a Utah resident ranges from $12,000 - $15,000. Estimate includes nursing tuition, fees, and books.
- Is there a time limit on the nursing prerequisite courses?The RN-BS program does not have a time limit on any prerequisite courses.
- Since the program is online, can I go at my own pace?
Courses are semester-based. Discussions, tests, assignments, etc. are expected to be completed by certain times throughout the semester. Our courses follow the dates outlined in the University of Utah academic calendar.
- I have a family and work full-time. Is it possible to complete the program and still fulfill other responsibilities and obligations?
Most students in the RN-BS program are working full-time while juggling numerous other responsibilities. The online course format allows students to access courses at their convenience and still stay current with assignments. As with all college courses, you can estimate putting in three hours per credit hour each week.
If you choose to attend school full-time we recommend only working up to 20 hours per week.
- What do I need to know before taking an online course?You will be expected to log in to the online learning system Canvas Instructure often, at least two to three times a week. The majority of RN-BS students own their own computers. They find this extremely helpful, as they are not restricted to the hours of operation at the library and other things. Knowledge of basic computer skills and Internet navigation are a must. Time management skills and self-discipline will play key roles in your success.
- When is the application deadline?
You can start the program any semester but we only have two application deadlines:
- Fall and Summer semesters deadline is March 1
- Spring semester deadline is October 1
- Do I have to have all the prerequisite courses complete and graded before starting the RN-BS program?You may have up to three classes not started or in-progress when you apply. All prerequisite and general education courses must be completed before you begin the program. Contact the College of Nursing at 801-587-3194 to discuss your situation with an advisor.
- Who can help me if I have a question about general education requirements and/or transferring courses from other schools?
- How often am I required to be on campus?Students are required to attend a one-day on-campus orientation at the beginning of the program and a poster presentation during fourth semester. If students live at a great distance special consideration may be given to this requirement.
- Do I need to complete any clinical hours?Yes, students complete a clinical capstone in their final semester with 32 hours of focused shadowing experience. This experience is usually set up in your place of employment.