Nursing

 Within the College of Nursing, the online RN-BS courses at the University of Utah are designed for licensed Registered Nurses who are working professionals desiring career mobility, professional development, and bachelor-level nursing competencies.

The curriculum in the RN-BS program provides learning experiences in health promotion, health care disparities, global and public health nursing, leadership and health policy and issues associated with special populations. Students complete a clinical capstone in their fourth semester. Exposure to nursing research, evidence-based practice, community-engaged learning are integrated throughout the program.

Application into this closed major requires both application to the University of Utah and into this program.

At the University of Utah our online courses combine traditional online learning – where you study individually at home at your own pace – with interactive learning. Interactive learning increases your engagement with classmates and instructor, as well as with the materials covered. In this manner it improves learning outcomes. Our courses combine the flexibility of online teaching with the advantages and direct engagement of traditional teaching.

Interactive learning comes in a variety of ways:

  • Through group assignments, where you collaborate via email or a discussion forum to answer a problem set.
  • Through contributions to a discussion forum, where you directly respond to previous posts.
  • Through “peer reviews,” where you review and comment upon assignments from other students.

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

  • Converse 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; and (for some courses) we offer (voluntary) Q&A sessions in a classroom.

Eligibility

  • Completion of an Associate Degree (A.S. or A.A.S.) from a regionally accredited institution in Nursing from a nursing program recognized by the University of Utah prior to starting the RN-BS program  – Students with an A.A.S. degree may be required to take additional general education courses in order to fulfill University of Utah general education requirements
      • The University also requires a course from the American Institutions list: http://undergradbulletin.utah.edu/gen–ed–courses.php. It is highly recommended that you contact the University College (801-581-3414) to verify completion of the American Institutions requirement and any other general education requirements.
      • You are allowed to take courses from other institutions and transfer them to the University of Utah in your first and second semesters, with a maximum of 10 credits per semester of transfer credits.
  • Current, unencumbered license as an RN or new graduate with successful completion of NCLEX within two months of starting RN-BS program
  • Completion of nursing prerequisite/corequisite courses with a grade of C or higher. Note: up to three courses can be completed during the program.
  • Minimum 3.0 grade point average (GPA) on a scale of 4.0 for all prerequisite/corequisite courses
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a scale of 4.0
  • Minimum 3.0 A.S. or A.A.S nursing program grade point average on a 4.0 scale

Please note that meeting the minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission to the RN-BS program.

Prerequisite/Corequisite Courses

Completion of ALL 9 nursing prerequisites/corequisites are required prior to completion of the RN-BS program. Up to three courses can be completed during the program. All prerequisite must have a grade of C or higher.

Human Anatomy
Human Physiology
Elementary Chemistry
Elementary Bio-Organic Chemistry
Introduction to Statistical Inference
Nutrition Intervention
Human Development:Lifespan
Pathophysiology
Medical Microbiology

Course Equivalencies

If a course is not listed on the College of Nursing Course Equivalency Chart below, it is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the course meets the prerequisite requirements by contacting the College of Nursing.

View Prerequisite Course Equivalency Chart for the State of Utah (PDF)

The Geriatric Nursing Leader (GNL) program offers a specialty track within the University of Utah’s online RN-BS program.

  • Designed to improve geriatric nursing care
  • Incorporates the principles of cultural competence in the care of elders
  • Focus on leadership skills and competencies
  • Includes principles of supervising culturally diverse workers
  • Enhanced geriatric clinical content in courses
  • Emphasis on the care of older adults in all settings
  • Completion of Geriatric Nursing Leadership is indicated on your transcript

Courses Required for RN-BS GNL

  • NURS 3107: Nursing and Health Promotion
  • GERON 5100: Applications of Research in Aging
  • NURS 3106: Complex Concepts of Health Assessment for RNs
  • NURS 3113: Nursing Across Systems and Populations for RNs
  • NURS 4110: Global Health Nursing
  • NURS 4116: Public Health Nursing for RNs
  • GERON 5050: Best Practices in Geriatric Nursing
  • NURS 4140: Enhanced Professional Nursing for RNs
  • NURS 4150: Nursing Initiatives

To view all NURS courses available online in the Summer 2017 term view the Class Schedule.

To view all NURS courses available online in the Fall 2017 term view the Class Schedule.

The RN-BS has flexibility in how students complete the program; either can be completed with a full-time or part-time course of study and we can tailor your course of study to your work schedule.  Below are the courses required to complete an RN-BS degree.

Courses required for the RN-BS degree.

NURS 3107: Nursing and Health Promotion
NURS 3108: Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing
NURS 3106: Complex Concepts of Health Assessment for RNs
NURS 3113: Nursing Across Systems and Populations for RNs
NURS 4110: Global Health Nursing
NURS 4116: Public Health Nursing for RNs
Approved Upper Division Elective
NURS 4140: Enhanced Professional Nursing for RNs
NURS 4150: Nursing Initiatives

To view all NURS courses available online in the Spring 2017 term view the Class Schedule.

Scholarships

The College of Nursing provides scholarships for RN-BS students!  Students need to apply each year for scholarships. More information found here.

FAFSA – Free Application for Federal Student Aid

The FAFSA is the application to receive federal funding such as Pell Grants, Student Loans, and more.  The FAFSA needs to be completed each year

“Summer Semester Start” students should submit a FAFSA application by February 15th.
“Fall Semester Start” students should submit a FAFSA by March 1st.
FAFSA application
Information about FAFSA from the U of U Financial Aid Office

Applications are accepted for summer and fall start terms.  Individuals preparing to apply to the RN-BS program are strongly encouraged to review the application instructions and/or meet with the RN-BS Advisor.

Deadlines

  • Summer Semester:  Deadline January 15
  • Fall Semester:  Deadline May 15

To attend the RN-BS program with the University of Utah you will need to apply to the University as a transfer student and apply to the program!

Step 1 – Submit University of Utah Application as Transfer Student

Transfer Applications & Instructions

  • $45 application fee for the U of U Application (For Fall 2015 after April 1, there is an additional late fee of $30)
  • Send official transcripts to the Office of Admission from each school you’ve attended (can be emailed from the school to admisstranscripts@sa.utah.edu)

Step 2 – Submit RN-BS Program Application: (can be done concurrently with the University of Utah Application)

Nursing Application

There is NO application fee for the RN-BS program application

University Application Deadlines


Spring - November 1


Summer - March 15


Fall - April 1

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RN - BS Application Deadlines


Summer - January 15


Fall - May 15

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Online Courses

Several degree programs offer the opportunity to take a portion of your major courses online; this gives you the opportunity to leverage your courses to fit your timeline and your schedule.

*At this time students are not able to fulfill all University of Utah general education requirements online, but can combine traditional courses with online courses in our hybrid program.

Tuition

Tuition for online courses is based on residency. Online and on-campus courses have identical tuition. Online students pay an additional $60 fee per course to cover the costs of operating online courses. Please visit University of Utah’s tuition rate schedule for more information about tuition and to calculate tuition rates by program.

As an estimate, a resident undergraduate student with no declared major, taking 12 credit hours of online courses, can expect to pay $3841.33* per semester.

*Tuition calculations are based on the Fall 2016 term, are an estimate only, subject to change without notice, and vary per program. Many programs also offer financial aid, scholarship opportunities, or tuition assistance opportunities for which qualifying students may apply.
Credits Required
30 total credit hours are required for the RN - BS program. (This does not include general education/bachelor degree requirements, or the university's 120 hour rule.)

Time to Completion

The RN-BS program can be completed in 16 months as a part-time student or 8 months as a full-time student. The coursework for this program is completely online. This program begins each summer and fall semester.

Last Updated: 2/27/17