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Best Nursing Schools in Utah in 2018: The Complete List (On-Campus & Online)

Best Nursing Schools in Utah in 2018: The Complete List (On-Campus & Online)

The nationwide demand for nurses shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. In fact, nursing job growth is increasing more than twice as fast as other job sectors. The demand for skilled nurses has increased year after year, particularly since most U.S. hospitals now require staff nurses to at least have a BSN degree.

To help provide nurses to meet this demand, we’ve created lists of the best BSN programs in the country. In this segment, we’ve ranked the best BSN programs in Utah. The best BSN programs will cover a broad range of curricula, including research skills, clinical experience, community health topics and health promotion, as well as leadership and managerial skills. By having a BSN education, many nurses hold prominent positions within community hospitals and other settings, and usually work their way up to hold important leadership roles.

Check out the best nursing schools in Utah.

1. Brigham Young University

Brigham Young University nursing schools in utah

BYU offers the RN to BSN Bachelors of Science in Nursing to current Registered Nurses (RN) looking to enhance nursing knowledge and expand employment opportunities.  Students can start the program all three semesters, and most students take three to six consecutive semesters to complete the program depending on transfer credits brought in. The courses can be taken on campus, online or through Distance Education, offering great flexibility for working nurses.

  • NCLEX-RN Pass Rates: 98%
  • Program length or credit hours: 46 credits
  • Admission requirements: Current RN; students must have completed at least 15 on-campus credit hours from another approved institution and must have successfully completed the Pathway Connect program prior to admission
  • Tuition: $4,850 (annual)
  • Accredited: CCNE

2. Utah Valley University

UVU is a public university that offers an RN to BSN completion program online or at its Orem, Utah campus.

  • NCLEX-RN Pass Rates: 100%
  • Program length or credit hours:  Varies, depending on transfer credits
  • Admission requirements: High school diploma
  • Tuition: $5,500 (annual)
  • Accredited: CCNE

3. Weber State University

Only RNs have the option of achieving the bachelor’s degree in nursing, and Weber allows associate degree graduates to directly enter the program. A two-semester upper-division curriculum rounds out the nursing program at this level. The program accepts a limited number of studentsto the RN to BSN program each fall and spring semester, because it is a learning-intensive, time-consuming enterprise. The school offers other nursing degrees as well.

  • NCLEX-RN Pass Rates: 87%
  • Program length or credit hours:  2 to 4 semesters
  • Admission requirements: Current RN or equivalent associate’s degree
  • Tuition: $5,500 (annual)
  • Accredited: CCNE

4. Nightingale College

The BSN program is designed for working professionals who want to advance nursing skills and improve healthcare delivery.  Classes start each semester (fall, spring, summer) for the year-long program. There are no lab requirements, but there are required clinical hours in the area of Community Health. A required capstone project centers on community health and patient care. Classes can be taken online.

  • NCLEX-RN Pass Rates: 65%
  • Program length or credit hours:  30
  • Admission requirements: Current RN; accept most transfer credits.
  • Tuition: $5,400 (annual)
  • Accredited: CCNE

5. Southern Utah University

SUU has a very selective admissions process that occurs only once per year. The RN to BSN student needs a minimum of 120 credits with 40 of those credits being upper division courses, to complete the bachelor’s degree. Students must complete at least 30 credits at SUU, with 16 in nursing and 9 in upper-level non-nursing courses from at least two other disciplines.

  • NCLEX-RN Pass Rates: 100%
  • Program length or credit hours:  40-73, depending on transfer credits
  • Admission requirements: Current RN; accept most transfer credits.
  • Tuition: $6,500 (annual)
  • Accredited: CCNE

6. Utah State University

USU is a public research university located in Logan, Utah. The university offers 100 bachelor’s degrees including a BSN in nursing. The university has several regional campuses as well and 20 distance learning education centers around the state. Through this four-year program, students can obtain a Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, that if successfully completed allows them to apply for RN licensure. The BSN program also prepares students who are interested in obtaining a graduate degree in advanced nursing practice.

  • NCLEX-RN Pass Rates: 85%
  • Program length or credit hours:  120
  • Admission requirements: see general admission requirements for USU
  • Tuition: $7,400 (annual)
  • Accredited: The program is applying for accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN)

7. Dixie State University

This program was designed as a completely online program for full-time or part-time students who already have an RN. Students can visit the St. George Campus for classes if desired. Most full-time students complete the program in 3 semesters. Part-time students can take only one class per semester.

  • NCLEX-RN Pass Rates: 80%
  • Program length or credit hours:  28 credits
  • Admission requirements: Current RN; some students require classes beyond the 28 credits
  • Tuition: $8,000 (entire program)
  • Accredited: CCNE

8. University of Utah

This RN to BSN program is designed for registered nurses who have an ADN and an unencumbered license or successful completion of the NCLEX within two months of starting the program.  The program starts every summer and is completed within 16 months by the next summer (four semesters). The university requires several prerequisites, so it might take longer than 16 months, but the university does accept most transfer credits.  If completed at UU, prerequisite courses must be completed with a GPA of 3.0 or better.

  • NCLEX-RN Pass Rates: 78%
  • Program length or credit hours:  40-73, depending on transfer credits
  • Admission requirements: ADN, current RN with an unencumbered license, at least 50 on the Speaking Proficiency English Assessment Kit (SPEAK) test for non-native English speakers, ACT/SAT scores
  • Tuition: $8,500 (annual)
  • Accredited: CCNE

9. Provo College

Provo College’s RN to BSN completion degree is CCNE accredited and designed by experienced nursing faculty. The curriculum offers an in-depth exploration of evidence-based practices that can be applied on the job immediately. The program can be completed online in as little as 20 months.

  • NCLEX-RN Pass Rates: 75%
  • Program length or credit hours:  35
  • Admission requirements: Current RN.
  • Tuition: $13,500 (annual)
  • Accredited: CCNE

10. Ameritech College

The 3-semester online RN to BSN degree completion program was created by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CNURED) specifically for working nurses who need speed, efficiency, and flexibility. The 13 required courses are based on holistic nursing practice and taught by doctorate-level faculty and designed to advance the skills of working nurses to prepare them for a variety of clinical and management/leadership positions.

  • NCLEX-RN Pass Rates: 92%
  • Program length or credit hours: 45 hours
  • Admission requirements: Vary, no pre-clinical certification required
  • Annual Tuition: $14,000 (entire program)
  • Accredited: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

11. Independence University

Students currently enrolled in an Associate of Nursing degree program at any of our affiliated colleges may also enroll in the Bachelor of Science completion degree in Nursing.

  • NCLEX-RN Pass Rates: 80%
  • Program length or credit hours:  28 credits
  • Admission requirements: Current RN; accept most transfer credits.
  • Tuition: $15,600 (annual)
  • Accredited: CCNE

12. Stevens-Henager College

This in-person curriculum contains nursing theory and concepts, as well as research-based practice to apply the BSN completion education to the real world as nurses attend school while simultaneously working in nursing settings such as community health facilities, clinics, private or public hospitals, or government healthcare organizations. The college allows students currently enrolled in their associate’s degree program in nursing to enroll in the BSN completion program. The college has convenient locations located throughout Utah; most students complete the program in 24 months.

  • NCLEX-RN Pass Rates: 50%
  • Program length or credit hours: Average 45 hours but varies
  • Admission requirements: Varies, Currently enrolled associate’s degree students can enroll. The college accepts most transfer credits.
  • Tuition: $17,000 (annual)
  • Accredited: CCNE

13. Eagle Gate College

Eagle Gate’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN completion) can be done 100% online, and they have three convenient physical campuses as well. The accredited curriculum is designed to be flexible and is designed by experienced nursing faculty to provide an in-depth exploration of evidence-based practices that students can immediately apply on the job.

  • NCLEX-RN Pass Rates: 60%
  • Program length or credit hours: 73 hours
  • Admission requirements: Current, unencumbered Texas RN license; cumulative 2.5 GPA or higher; associate degree or diploma from an accredited nursing program
  • Tuition: $23,000 (annual)
  • Accredited: CCNE

14. Westminster

Westminster is a private university offering a BSN in nursing. The program offers online options, and those who choose in-person options have classes limited to 24 to offer more attention from faculty. The lessons also include group activities, case studies, and lab simulations to reinforce the lessons discussed in the classroom. Professors are student-focused and coach and mentor, and every student has a faculty advisor who checks in on them frequently during the four-semester curriculum. Students have clinical rotations in both inpatient and outpatient settings to gain a well-rounded perspective of healthcare needs in different settings and populations.

  • NCLEX-RN Pass Rates: 79%
  • Program length or credit hours: 4 semesters
  • Admission requirements: Minimum 2.8 GPA in previous coursework.
  • Tuition: $32,000 (annual)
  • Accredited: CCNE

15. Roseman University

Roseman University focuses entirely on healthcare curriculum. The school offers an accelerated BSN degree for their two campus locations, with three starts per year (spring, fall, summer) to admit more students. The program takes 18 months or less to complete, and you do not already need a non-nursing bachelors degree to apply.

  • NCLEX-RN Pass Rates: 92%
  • Program length or credit hours: 18 months
  • Admission requirements: 54 credits from a previous institution
  • Tuition: $54,000 (annual)
  • Accredited: CCNE

16. Davis Applied Technology College

The purpose of the Practical Nurse (PN) program at Davis Technical College is to prepare students to function at the first educational level of nursing, the Licensed Practical Nurse, in a multitude of healthcare settings, and to move them into the next educational level of nursing, the Associates Degree. Classroom theory is provided concurrently with a variety of clinical practice situations.

  • NCLEX-RN Pass Rates: unknown
  • Program length or credit hours: 10 months
  • Admission requirements: varies
  • Tuition: $4, 100 (annual)
  • Accredited: ACEN

17. Ogden-Weber Technical College

The OWTC practical nursing certificate program is organized into six courses, each with specific objectives and learning activities, including lecture, skills and simulation labs, discussion groups, supervised clinical practice, and written assignments. Students attend class/clinicals approximately 30 hours per week. Admissions are twice per year (fall and spring), and the school admits about 50 students per year.

  • NCLEX-RN Pass Rates: unknown
  • Program length or credit hours:  900 total hours
  • Admission requirements: Current Utah nursing assistant certification
  • Tuition: $2,395 (total)
  • Accredited: ACEN

18. Snow College

Snow College offers a PN to RN program in which students first receive a Practical Nursing Certificate, then enter the PN-RN program where they receive an Associate of Science in nursing which allows them to take the RN-NCLEX exam. The school accepts up to 40 students per year.

  • NCLEX-RN Pass Rates: 54.8%
  • Program length or credit hours:  not specified
  • Admission requirements: merit-based competitive admissions
  • Tuition: $3,400 (annual)
  • Accredited: ACEN

19. Uintah Basin Applied Technology College

The college offers a 100-hour nursing assistant program where students are involved in hands-on care (clinics) in hospital and or long-term care facilities. Academic learning includes anatomy, physiology, and medical terminology. At the end of the program, students take the Utah state certification test.

  • NCLEX-RN Pass Rates: unknown
  • Program length or credit hours:  19 modules, 24 clinical hours
  • Admission requirements: at least 16 years of age
  • Tuition: $3,800 (annual)
  • Accredited: unknown

20. Bridgerland Applied Technology College

Bridgerland Applied Technology College offers a practical nursing degree to 24 students selected each year. The tech college provides pathways to both Utah State and Weber Universities for a BSN in nursing. The school also offers a nursing assistant degree.

  • NCLEX-RN Pass Rates: unknown
  • Program length or credit hours: varies
  • Admission requirements: varies
  • Tuition: $4, 100 (annual)
  • Accredited: ACEN

21. Southwest Applied Technology College

The school in Cedar City, Utah launched its new practical nursing program this year. They are a candidate for ACEN accreditation. The program takes 10 months to complete. Admissions are once per year in August.

  • NCLEX-RN Pass Rates: not yet available (new program)
  • Program length or credit hours:  10 months
  • Admission requirements: merit-based competitive admissions
  • Tuition: $4,318 (annual)
  • Accredited: not yet accredited

22. Mountainland Applied Technology College

Mountainland Applied Technology College offers a general Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), an accelerated CNA and a night-class CNA program. They also offer PN and nursing associate’s degrees. Students are trained under the direction of a licensed nurse in a patient’s physical, emotional, and social care. Classroom theory and clinical experience in a healthcare facility are provided. Health care provider CPR certification through the American Heart Association will be taught as part of the course curriculum.

  • NCLEX-RN Pass Rates: unknown
  • Program length or credit hours:  900 hours total
  • Admission requirements: merit-based competitive admissions
  • Tuition: $4,620 (annual)
  • Accredited: ACEN

23. Salt Lake City Community College

The SLCC Nursing Program offers students a comprehensive, affordable, high-quality education taught by expert healthcare providers with advanced degrees. The school offers an Associate of Applied Science degree in Nursing, which enables students to apply for and take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to become an RN. The school also offers a Health Sciences Associates degree and an Advanced Placement Program for Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurses (LPN/LVN) returning for an AAS degree.

  • NCLEX-RN Pass Rates: unknown
  • Program length or credit hours:  not specified
  • Admission requirements: merit-based competitive admissions
  • Tuition: $12,920 (total)
  • Accredited: ACEN

24. Fortis College-Salt Lake City

Fortis College-Salt Lake City offers an associate degree nursing program to provide students with quality academic and clinical instruction. The program prepares students to be entry-level registered nurses (RN) in a variety of clinical and hospital settings. This is a hybrid program, which offers both on-campus and online courses (about a 50% / 50% mix).

  • NCLEX-RN Pass Rates: unknown
  • Program length or credit hours: 10 months
  • Admission requirements: varies
  • Tuition: $4, 100 (annual)
  • Accredited: ACEN

25. Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions

These programs are master’s, post-masters and doctoral level programs as well as post-masters certificate programs in nursing and healthcare. The mission of Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions is to educate current and future health care professionals for outcomes-oriented, evidence-based practice. The University demonstrates mission fulfillment through the quality of its education and the success of its students in academic programs that develop leaders skilled in clinical inquiry and prepared to affect health care change.

  • NCLEX-RN Pass Rates: not applicable
  • Program length or credit hours:  24 credits minimum
  • Admission requirements: varies by program
  • Tuition: $22,000 (annual)
  • Accredited: unknown

These schools are first rated on the NCLEX-RN pass rate, followed by the tuition cost and the number of students enrolled in the program. We hope you have found this information helpful in your search for an RN to BSN program in Utah.

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