Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the difference between the Prelicensure and Online RN to BS tracks?
We get this question a lot. Our Prelicensure track 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 Online RN to BS track 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 three or four consecutive semester program.
- Is there a time limit on the nursing prerequisite courses?The RN-BS track 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 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 critical roles in your success.
- When is the application deadline?
You can start the program any semester, but we only have two application deadlines:
- Fall semester deadline is February 1
- Spring and Summer semesters deadline is September 1
- Do I have to have all the prerequisite courses complete and graded before starting the RN-BS program?You can be enrolled in or registered for up to three prerequisite courses 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 their final 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 45 clinical hours partnering with nurse leaders and a 68-hour clinical practicum leading to a durable quality improvement project, both of which may be completed at your place of employment.
- Will I earn a BSN at the end of the program?No, you will earn a Baccalaureate of Science (BS). The difference between a BS and BSN is a technical difference with the issuing institution. The difference ultimately should not matter to future employers. The University of Utah is the granter of the degree so you will earn a Bachelor of Science with the major of Nursing (BS). If the College of Nursing were the granter of the degree, it would be a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).