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, and 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.


  • Completion of an Associate Degree (AS or AAS) from a regionally accredited institution in Nursing from a nursing program recognized by the University of Utah prior to starting the RN-BS program.  
  • Current, unencumbered license as an RN or successful completion of NCLEX within two months of starting RN-BS program.
  • An applicant can have up to three prerequisite courses in-progress by the application deadline. It is the applicant's responsibility to submit updated transcripts to ensure the review of the application.
  • Completion of nursing prerequisite courses from a regionally accredited university with a grade of C or higher. 
  • Minimum 3.0 grade point average (GPA) on a scale of 4.0 for all prerequisite courses.
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a scale of 4.0.
  • Minimum 3.0 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 are required prior to entry into the RN-BS program. All prerequisite must have a grade of C or higher.

Principles of Biology
Human Anatomy
Human Physiology
Elementary Chemistry
Introduction to Statistical Inference
Nutrition Intervention
Human Development:Lifespan
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 Leadership (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
  • Geriatric Nursing Leadership emphasis 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 Fall 2019 term view the Class Schedule.

To view all NURS courses available online in the Spring 2020 term view the Class Schedule.

To view all NURS courses available online in the Summer 2020 term view the Class Schedule.

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 calculate an estimate of tuition costs please use the University of Utah Tuition Calculator. Tuition for online courses is based on residency and is the same whether you take an online or on campus course. 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 at the University of Utah. 


There are College of Nursing Scholarships available for qualified RN-BS students. 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

FAFSA application
Information about FAFSA from the U of U Financial Aid Office

Applications are accepted every semester.  Individuals preparing to apply to the RN-BS program are strongly encouraged to review the application instructions and/or meet with the RN-BS Program Manager.

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

  • $55 application fee for the U of U Application (For Fall 2020 and after April 1, there is an additional late fee of $40)
  • Send official transcripts to the Office of Admissions 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 1

Fall - April 1

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RN - BS Application Deadlines


Spring - September 15

Summer - January 15

Fall - May 15

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Time to Completion

The RN-BS program can be completed in two, three, or four consecutive semesters. The coursework for this program is completely online. This program accepts students to begin any semester.

Last Updated: 6/24/20