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Distance Learning

Distance delivery is open to students in the following programs:

Bachelor of Science

Master of Science

Doctor of Nursing Practice Tracks

Courses offered to DNP distance learning students are completed through synchronous and asynchronous distance delivery, on-campus visits, and clinical experiences in a student's home community. The DNP program is not a fully online program.


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. The Intermountain region consists of Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Arizona, and New Mexico.

On-Campus Visits

Distance learning students are required to come to the University of Utah campus throughout their program, at their own expense, to participate in orientation, intensive educational experiences, exams, and to defend their synthesis or scholarly project. Distance students should not expect to travel to campus more than five times a semester.

Clinical Placements

Programs only guarantee clinical placement sites along the Wasatch Front. Students wishing for clinical sites outside of the Wasatch Front must work collaboratively with their Specialty Track Director. 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: for more information.