Post-Licensure BS (RN-BS) with optional Geriatric Nurse Leadership Specialty (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.


  • You choose to complete the program in two, three, or four semesters. See sample Programs of Study.
  • You can start the program any semester - Fall, Spring, or Summer Semesters.
  • RN-BS Geriatric Nursing Leadership is available for a Fall start and the four-semester program only


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


  • Your coursework is 100% online.
  • You work with a dedicated RN-BS Program Manager and RN-BS Program Director who can assist you in deciding the length of your program (two, three, or four semesters) so that it fits with your life and career plans.
  • You will complete a 32 hour clinical shadowing experience, which can be set up in your place of employment.


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

Post-Licensure BS with Early MS Admission

The College of Nursing offers an innovative way for associate degree nurses who want to complete their Bachelors Degree in Nursing and move seamlessly into the Masters of Science Degree in Nursing either Care Management, Nursing Education, or Nursing Informatics.; A program specifically in Geriatric Care Management is also an option.

Why should you go on to earn an MS?

The increasing complexity of medical treatments & therapies, growing numbers of persons with chronic health conditions, and the rapid expansion of technological innovations mandates that nurses be highly educated and capable of navigating multiple systems of care. Nurses who are well prepared in baccalaureate and higher degree programs are better prepared to use a systems approach in addressing quality outcomes (Tri-Council report on education advancement of RNs, 2010). Coupled with the need for a more highly-educated workforce, there is a growing faculty shortage, complicated by the increasing age of current faculty. The average age for a master's degree prepared professor is 58 years of age. Critical shortages and increased demand are anticipated for nurse informaticists, nurse educators and care managers.

The College of Nursing currently offers an RN-BS program, and an MS program with three emphases: Nursing Education, Care Management, and Nursing Informatics. The MS program in nursing prepares nurses to fill critical shortages in the U.S. and worldwide, including roles as nursing faculty, expert care managers in a variety of clinical settings, and nurses prepared in informatics. The College long ago recognized that students from rural and/or under-served areas of the state often face difficulties with expenses and traveling long distances, which is why it instituted its successful distance learning opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate level students.

Contact Us

Office of Student Services
Phone: 801-587-3194

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Welcome From the RN-BS Director

Sue Chase-Cantarini, DNP, RN, CHSE

Program Manager
Kristen Mahoney



Summer and Fall Semesters
Application Open: December 2nd
Application Deadline: March 1st 11:59 PM Mountain Time

Spring Semester
Application Open: July 2nd
Application Deadline: October 1st 11:59 PM Mountain Time