Applications are accepted once a year for fall semester. Individuals apply directly to the College of Nursing for the nursing portion and to the University of Utah's Office of Admissions for regular college admission. Admission to the University of Utah does not constitute acceptance into NEAP and acceptance to NEAP does not constitute admission to the University of Utah.


A complete application must be received by the February 1 deadline at 11:59 PM MST

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Completed Application Includes:

  • Submitted College of Nursing application
  • Personal Essay
  • Two professional or educational references submitted and received through the online application system
  • Official high school transcripts that include your ACT/SAT score(s)
  • Uploaded unofficial transcripts from any and all 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 eligibility requirements listed on the website

Personal Essay

TOPIC: The most common answer to "Why do you want to be a nurse?" is "I want to help people." A desire for helping people is only a small part of becoming a nurse. Discuss what actions or decisions you have taken to prepare you for the nursing profession.

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)

The essay should be three pages (approx 750 words) or less and double-spaced. References may be used if appropriate, but are not necessary. If used, they must be properly documented.


Official High School transcripts must be sent to the College of Nursing and received by the application deadline. Unofficial transcripts from any and all concurrent enrollment courses and colleges you have attended must be uploaded with the application. An end of year official transcript from your high school and official college transcripts will be required if you are accepted into the program and before you begin.

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):

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.

Often your ACT/SAT score(s) are included on your high school transcript. Check with your high school transcript office to see if that is the case before sending official ones directly from ACT and/or SAT.

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 still eligible to apply to our regular nursing program after completing the required prerequisite classes.

Contact Us

Office of Student Services
Phone: 801-587-3194

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Savannah Manwill
Early Assurance and Pre-Nursing Program Manager

Carrie Radmall
Admitted Pre-Licensure Program Manager