RN-BS Program (Online)

The RN-BS Program at the University of Utah is for licensed Registered Nurses with an associate degree in nursing who want to complete their BS degree.

Flexible

• You choose to attend the program either full-time (approximately 8 months) or part-time (approximately 16 months).

• You can start the program any semester – Fall, Spring, or Summer Semesters.

• RN-BS Geriatric Nursing Leadership is available part-time with a Fall start only

Adaptable

• You work with dedicated RN-BS Program Manager and RN-BS Program Director to create a customized program of study.

• You can adapt your program to complete an emphasis in Geriatric Nursing Leadership or it can prepare you to apply directly to a graduate program (MS, DNP, or PhD).

Convenient

• Your coursework is 100% online.

• You decide when to complete your course coursework, so it fits around your schedule.

• You will complete a 32 hour clinical shadowing experience, which can be set up in your hospital.

Engaging

• You will learn from first class faculty as they integrate nursing research, evidence-based practice, and community-engaged learning throughout the program.

Ready to Learn More

• Review the Readiness Profile and Information & Application Packet, in addition to reviewing this website to get more information about the program, eligibility, and application instructions

Eligibility

• Completion of an Associate Degree (A.S. or A.A.S.) from an accredited institution in Nursing from a nursing program recognized by the University of Utah prior to starting the RN-BS program.

• Current, unencumbered license as an RN or new graduate with 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 University College to verify completion of courses. Current U of U students can verify completion of general education requirements via the Degree Audit Report (DARS).  Students with an A.A.S. degree will likely have outstanding general education requirements and are encouraged to review these requirements prior to applying to the program.

• Completion of nursing prerequisite/corequisite courses from a regionally accredited institution with a grade of C or higher.

Up to three (3) general education and/or prerequisite/corequisite courses can be completed during the program. 

• Minimum 2.8 prerequisite/corequisite cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale.

• Minimum 2.8 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale.

• Minimum 2.8 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. 

Prerequisite/Corequisite Courses

Completion of ALL 9 nursing prerequisites/corequisites are required prior to completion of the RN-BS program. Up to three (3) general education and/or prerequisite/corequisite courses can be completed during the program.  All prerequisite must have a grade of C or higher.

Human Anatomy
Human Physiology
Elementary Chemistry
Elementary Bio-Organic Chemistry
Introduction to Statistical Inference
Nutrition Intervention
Human Development: Lifespan
Pathophysiology
Microbiology

For the RN-BS Program, prerequisitie/corequisitie courses do not expire.

Course Equivalencies

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.

View Prerequisite Course Equivalency Chart for the State of Utah (PDF)

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
  • syllabi for the courses if you have them (please note you might be asked for them if the course description doesn’t include enough information for a thorough evaluation)

Please note your request could take up to 3 weeks for a response.

The RN-BS has flexibility in how students complete the program, part-time versus full-time, as well options to add a Geriatric Nursing Leadership (GNL) emphasis. Below are examples of typical Programs of Study.  An individual Program of Study will be developed for you after you are accepted.

EXAMPLE OF TYPICAL PART-TIME PROGRAM OF STUDY  

Semester 1:   

NURS 3107: Nursing and Health Promotion (3)
NURS 3108: Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing (3)
 
Semester 2:  

NURS 3106: Complex Concepts of Health Assessment for RNs (3)
NURS 3113: Nursing Across Systems and Populations for RNs (4, DV)
     
Semester 3:   

NURS 4110: Global Health Nursing (3, IR)
NURS 4116: Public Health Nursing for RNs (3)      
Approved Upper Division Elective (3)  
 
Semester 4:  

NURS 4140: Enhanced Professional Nursing for RNs (5)
NURS 4150: Nursing Initiatives (3, QI, CW)
     


EXAMPLE OF TYPICAL FULL-TIME PROGRAM OF STUDY  
For students beginning the full-time option, semesters run consecutively (Fall & Spring, Spring & Summer, Summer & Fall). In order to do the Full-Time option, all prerequisite courses must be completed prior to admittance.

Semester 1:      

NURS 3107: Nursing and Health Promotion (3)
NURS 3108: Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing (3)
NURS 3106: Complex Concepts of Health Assessment for RNs (3)
NURS 3113: Nursing Across Systems and Populations for RNs (4, DV)
Approved Upper Division Elective (3)  

Semester 2:      

NURS 4110: Global Health Nursing (3, IR)
NURS 4116: Public Health Nursing for RNs (3)           
NURS 4140: Enhanced Professional Nursing for RNs (5)
NURS 4150: Nursing Initiatives (3, QI, CW)     



EXAMPLE OF TYPICAL PART-TIME PROGRAM OF STUDY for RN-BS GNL
 
Semester 1:   

NURS 3107: Nursing and Health Promotion (3)
GERON 5100: Applications of Research in Aging (3, QI)  
 
Semester 2:   

NURS 3106: Complex Concepts of Health Assessment for RNs (3)  
NURS 3113: Nursing Across Systems and Populations for RNs (4, DV)
          
Semester 3:   

NURS 4110: Global Health Nursing (3, IR)
NURS 4116: Public Health Nursing for RNs (3)
GERON 5050: Best Practices in Geriatric Nursing (3)  
 
Semester 4:   

NURS 4140: Enhanced Professional Nursing for RNs (5)  
NURS 4150: Nursing Initiatives (3, QI, CW)

The Geriatric Nursing Leader (GNL) program offers a specialty track within the University of Utah’s online RN-BS program.

-Designed to improve geriatric nursing care

-Incorporates the principles of cultural competence in the care of elders

-Focus on leadership skills and competencies

-Includes principles of supervising culturally diverse workers

-Enhanced geriatric clinical content in courses

-Emphasis on the care of older adults in all settings

-Completion of Geriatric Nursing Leadership is indicated on your transcript

EXAMPLE OF TYPICAL PART-TIME PROGRAM OF STUDY for RN-BS GNL
 
Semester 1:   

NURS 3107: Nursing and Health Promotion (3)
GERON 5100: Applications of Research in Aging (3, QI)  
 
Semester 2:   

NURS 3106: Complex Concepts of Health Assessment for RNs (3)  
NURS 3113: Nursing Across Systems and Populations for RNs (4, DV)
          
Semester 3:   

NURS 4110: Global Health Nursing (3, IR)
NURS 4116: Public Health Nursing for RNs (3)
GERON 5050: Best Practices in Geriatric Nursing (3)  
 
Semester 4:   

NURS 4140: Enhanced Professional Nursing for RNs (5)  
NURS 4150: Nursing Initiatives (3, QI, CW)

One of our faculty members wrote an article about "Why Be A Gerontological Nurse?" which might bring an interesting perspective.

Applicants need to apply to the College of Nursing, following the instructions below, and to the University of Utah (if you are not already a current student). Admitted students will be required to complete steps upon acceptance in order to secure their spot in the program, more information below.

Deadlines:

A complete application must be received by the deadline at 11:59pm MST

January 15th for Summer 2016 - Applications Closed

May 15th for Fall 2016 - Applications Closed

October 15, 2016 For Spring 2017 -  Click here for application - now open

Completed Application Includes:

• Submitted College of Nursing Application which includes:
 - Personal Essay
 - 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.

• Official 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.

• Applications will only be reviewed if they are complete by the deadline and meet all eligibilty requirements listed on the website.

Personal Essay

TOPIC: Highlight your professional and academic goals and how you anticipate the RN-BS program will assist in reaching them.

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)


YOUR ESSAY MUST BE YOUR OWN WORK.

The essay should be double-spaced and no more than two (2) pages. References may be used if appropriate, but are not necessary. If used, they must be properly documented.

Resume

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 Type: Campus, Community, Religious Service

Leadership Experience- Your title or designated role, how long you served (dates, hours per week), brief description
-Examples of Leadership Type: 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.

Official Transcripts

An official transcript from each university and college you have attended (including the University of Utah) must be sent to the College of Nursing and received by the application deadline.

You can send the transcript by mail or you can hand deliver the transcript in a sealed envelope to:

College of Nursing
Student Services
10 S. 2000 E.
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

or by official email direct from the institution (this includes the National Clearinghouse):

admissions@nurs.utah.edu

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.

If you are applying to the University, you will also need to have official transcripts sent to the University of Utah Admissions Office.

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.

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

University of Utah Application

If you are not a current University of Utah student you will also need to complete the University Undergraduate Application and send current official transcripts from all previously attended institutions the University of Utah Admission Office. Admission to the University of Utah does not constitute admission to the RN-BS program. There is an application fee for the University of Utah, but not for the College of Nursing application.

Expectations of Admitted Students

• Within 72 hours of receiving your admissions letter you will be required to purchase a Certified Background package which will cost you roughly $170.00.

• 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)
MMR
TDAP
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.

• You will be required to attend a one day on-campus orientation at the beginning of the program and a final project presentation during 4th semester. If you live at a great distance from Salt Lake City you may be given special consideration for this requirement, please talk to your advisor.

• If you are not already a current student your admissions to the College of Nursing is contigent 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 start of your nursing program, please be aware of the application deadlines or you will be subject to late fees.

Our program was recently ranked 11th for affordability in the U.S., Read more about the rankings.

Students complete 30 nursing credits while in the program.  An additional 30 nursing credits are awarded for RN licensure at no cost to the student.

Below is a breakdown of the TOTAL PROGRAM cost for a part-time student attending 6-8 credits per semester.  Tuition costs include the nursing tuition differential and are billed to the student on a semester basis.

                Tuition/Fees:  $11,195

                Book Estimate: $900

                Background Check: $170

                University of Utah Application Fee: $45 (if not already a University of Utah student)

                Estimate Total: $12,310

Additional costs may include: laptop/computer, supplies such as paper/pens, additional textbooks

 

Scholarships

The College of Nursing provides scholarships for RN-BS students!  Students need to apply each year for scholarships. More information found here.

FAFSA – Free Application for Federal Student Aid

The FAFSA is the application to receive federal funding such as Pell Grants, Student Loans, and more.  The FAFSA needs to be completed each year

“Summer Semester Start” students should submit a FAFSA application by February 15th. 
“Fall Semester Start” students should submit a FAFSA by March 1st. 
FAFSA application
Information about FAFSA from the U of U Financial Aid Office

When does the program start, and how long does it take to complete?
How much will the program cost?
Is the RN-BS program full-time or part-time?
Is there a time limit on the nursing prerequisite courses?
Since the program is online, can I go at my own pace?
I have a family and work full-time. Is it possible to complete the program and still fulfill other responsibilities and obligations?
What do I need to know before taking an online course?
When is the application deadline?
Do I have to have all the prerequisite courses complete and graded at the time of application?
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?
Do I need to complete any clinical hours?

 

  1. When does the program start, and how long does it take to complete?

    Currently, students have a summer or fall semester start option.  The RN-BS part-time program is completed in four (4) consecutive semesters; approximately 16 months as a part-time student.   Students starting in fall semester 2014 have the option to accelerate their program by attending full-time and completing the program in two (2) consecutive semesters, approximately 8 months.
  2. 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 at http://fbs.admin.utah.edu/income/tuition/.

    Textbook costs average $100/semester. As of 2014 the estimated cost of the program for a Utah resident ranges from $11,000 - 13,000 depending on full-time versus part-time.  Estimate includes nursing tuition, fees, and books.

  3. Is the RN-BS program full-time or part-time?

    The RN-BS program is specifically designed for nurses who are working full-time. It is a part-time, online program that can be completed in 16 months. Students beginning fall semester 2015 will have the option to complete the program in 2 semesters by attending full-time.
  4. Is there a time limit on the nursing prerequisite courses?

    The RN-BS program does not have a time limit on any prerequisite/corequisite course.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

  7. What do I need to know before taking an online course?

    You’ll 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 aren't 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.
  8. When is the application deadline?

    The application deadline to begin in summer session for the College of Nursing is January 15, fall semester application deadline is May 15. The application is online and available starting in August of each year.

    Applicants must also be admitted to the University of Utah (U). Application deadlines for the U can be found at http://www.sa.utah.edu/admiss/.

  9. Do I have to have all the prerequisite courses complete and graded before starting the RN-BS program?

    You may have up to 3 classes that you have not yet completed to being the RN-BS program, which you would complete in conjunction with the program. Students choosing the full-time option must have all prerequisite/corequisite and general education coursework completed prior to program start. Exceptions to this requirement may be made based on individual circumstances. Contact the College of Nursing at 801-581-3414 to discuss your situation with an advisor. 
  10. Who can help me if I have a question about general education requirements and/or transferring courses from other schools?

    The University registration transfer center, can answer any and all questions related to transferring courses and general education requirements. 

    Questions regarding the nursing program and/or prerequisites should be directed to the College of Nursing.

    You are allowed to take courses from other U of Utah recognized institutions and transfer them to the University of Utah in your first and second semesters, with a maximum of 10 credits per semester of transfer credits.

  11. 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 4th semester.  If students live at a great distance special consideration may be given to this requirement.
  12. 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.