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Health care is increasing complexity mandates that nurses be highly skilled and capable of caring for clients with multiple chronic conditions as well as navigating multiple systems of care. Care management professionals smooth the gap in a complex health care system.

Care managers help clients and caregivers better manage wellness and illness across the lifespan. They specialize in assessing population groups for best practices that optimize healthy outcomes.

As a masters student in the Care Management track, you will:

  • Engage in advanced patient/provider interpersonal training
  • Be able to follow a full-time or part-time program of study, completing the track in as few as four semesters
  • Participate in online courses
  • Have the option to add an emphasis in Care Management Gerontology

The MS program prepares nurses to fill the critical shortages in the US and worldwide, including roles as expert care managers in a variety of clinical settings with diverse populations.

The programs of study at the College of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) 

At the University of Utah, our courses combine the flexibility of online teaching with the advantages and direct engagement of traditional teaching. Enjoy the benefit of studying online at your own pace while still engaging with classmates and instructors. This flexible way of teaching improves your overall experience and your ability to retain what you learn.

Interactive learning comes in a variety of ways:

  • Group assignments, where you collaborate via email or a discussion forum to answer a problem set.
  • Contributions to a discussion forum, where you directly respond to previous posts.
  • Peer reviews, where you review and comment on assignments from other students.

Our classes also offer multiple routes to stay connected and get help:

  • Communicate directly with the instructor via email.
  • Participate in and guide online discussions.
  • Attend online office hours in discussion threads or on the phone.
  • Instructors are available in “real” office hours for students on or near campus; for some courses we offer Q&A sessions in a classroom.

Masters of Science, Nursing Care Management Emphasis (31 credits)


Masters of Science, Nursing Care Management Emphasis with a Gerontology Certificate (37 credits) 

Residents of the WICHE region are eligible for in-state tuition.

The college of nursing has a nursing deferential, please see this tuition calculator to calculate your estimated tuition costs:

Tuition for online courses is based on residency and is the same whether you take an online or on campus course. Online students do pay an additional $60 fee, per course, to cover the costs of operating online courses.

Care managers, case managers, care coordinators, transitional care nurses are all potential positions graduates will be prepared for after graduation from this program of study. Care managers are typical hired above average RN wages and positions for leading care or case management teams typically prefer a Masters degree.

The following are the minimum requirements needed to apply for the MS program: Completed application for graduate admission

  • Transcripts from ANY and ALL colleges and universities attended, including the University of Utah, must be uploaded as part of the graduate application.
  • Evidence of a bachelor's degree in Nursing from a regionally accredited university or college, and a nationally accredited nursing school from either:
    • The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Accreditation (CCNE), or
    • The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • A current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Three (3) professional references
  • Professional goal statement

Time to Complete

Students can move at a pace appropriate to their personal and professional circumstances, but the program is designed to be completed in 4 semesters.

Application Deadlines

Applications for this program are only accepted for the Fall term. 

Fall: December 1


Department Contacts

Brenda Luther, PhD, RN

Faculty Specialty Track Director

Shelley Kern
Program Manager, MPC

Last Updated: 6/9/21