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Distance Learning

Distance delivery for full-time study is open to students in the following specialty tracks:

Courses offered to distance students are completed through synchronous and asynchronous distance delivery, on-campus visits and clinical experiences in a student's home community.

Eligibility

A synchronous distance option is available for students living 60 or more miles from the University of Utah campus. Priority admission is given to students living in the Intermountain West region. Programs only guarantee clinical placement sites along the Wasatch Front. The Intermountain region consists of Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Arizona and New Mexico

CON Distance Fee

Full-time distance students who access courses synchronously must pay a CON distance fee of $400 each fall semester for three years. This fee is separate from the $60/course UOnline fee specific to online courses.

On-Campus Visits

Distance students are required to come to the University of Utah campus throughout their programs, at their own expense, to participate in orientation, intensive educational experiences, exams, and defend their synthesis or scholarly project. Throughout the program, distance students will be expected to travel no more than five times a semester.

Clinical Placements

Programs only guarantee clinical placement sites along the Wasatch Front. Students wishing clinical sites outside the Wasatch front must work collaboratively with their Specialty Track Directors. Students who live outside of the Intermountain West Region and are unable to travel to the University of Utah Campus will be expected to work with their specialty track director to arrange appropriate clinical experiences and to cover the cost of faculty site visits / clinical supervision.

Malpractice Insurance Information

The U's Health Care Professional Liability (Malpractice) insurance through the Utah State Division of Risk Management provides coverage for U students engaged in providing services to members of the public in the course of an approved medical, nursing, or other professional healthcare clinical training program. However, this insurance policy restricts coverage for activities outside the State of Utah. This restriction is significant because of the potential loss of the University's defenses, limitations, and protections under the Governmental Immunity Act of Utah. Therefore, to avoid being underinsured and to comply with insurance requirements imposed by training facilities, students must purchase commercial Malpractice insurance with minimum limits of $1,000,000 per occurrence and $3,000,000 annual aggregate for those students who are placed in clinical settings outside of Utah. This insurance with these industry standard liability limits must also cover U supervising faculty (if applicable) and the U of U as an institution. Please contact Health Clarkson: heather.clarkson@nurs.utah.edu for more information.