2018-2019 General Catalog 
    Mar 24, 2018  
2018-2019 General Catalog

College of Nursing

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The University of Utah, including the degree programs it offers, is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

The baccalaureate degree in nursing, the master’s degree in nursing, the Doctor of Nursing Practice, and post-graduate APRN certificates at the University of Utah are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation).

The Certified Nurse Midwifery program is fully accredited by the ACNM Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME) (formerly ACNM Division of Accreditation),

The College of Nursing also has program approval from the Utah State Board of Nursing.

The College of Nursing is a participant of Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).

Mailing Address: 10 South 2000 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84112-5880
Phone: 801-581-3414

Dean: Patricia Morton PhD, RN, ANCP-BC, FAAN
Dean and Professor
Louis H. Peery Presidential Endowed Chair
Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow Alumna
Editor, Journal of Professional Nursing

The College of Nursing is an integral part of the University of Utah Health Sciences Center. We are committed to working together to serve the people of Utah and beyond by continually improving individual and community health and quality of life. We strive for excellence in education, research and clinical care, each mission being vital to one another and to our overall success. Diversity and inclusiveness, independent inquiry and collegiality form the fabric of everyday life for faculty and students.

We offer nursing education programs in face to face and online formats.  The undergraduate programs include an early assurance program, a face to face 4 consecutive semesters program that begins in the Fall and Spring and a fully online RN-BS program that begins Summer, Fall and Spring semesters.  The College of Nursing offers emphases (also known as specialty tracks) in the Master’s of Science, the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees. The University of Utah’s accredited College of Nursing is a strong, interactive and financially affordable option for students of all age ranges and background experiences.


Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Master of Science (M.S.)
Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.)
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)


Center for Aging
Emma Eccles Jones Nursing Research Center
Intermountain Healthcare Simulation Learning Center


Gerontology Interdisciplinary Program  

Undergraduate Program

Nursing Undergraduate Program - please see the Nursing BS and Nursing, B.S. - RN to BS Program and RN to BS with Geriatric Nursing Leadership (GNL) Emphasis listed in the Program and Course Offerings section.

The undergraduate curriculum is intended to prepare graduates for entry into professional nursing practice as a Registered Nurse (RN). This accredited degree program offers both academic and clinical nursing courses that provide the basis for professional practice in healthcare delivery across a variety of community and hospital settings. BS graduates are eligible to sit for the RN licensure exam. Undergraduate Information Sessions are offered twice each month. The dates, times and locations of the information sessions are available at nursing.utah.edu or by contacting Student Services at (801) 581-3414.

Graduate Program

Nursing Graduate Program - please see the Graduate Certificates, Nursing M.S., Nursing - M.S. - D.N.P. Program, Doctor of Nursing Practice D.N.P. and Ph.D. listed in the Program and Course Offerings section.

Graduate certificates are offered for individuals who have earned or are currently earning an MS, DNP or PhD and wish to earn an additional specialty area of practice.

The Master of Science (MS) in nursing programs are offered for bachelor-prepared RNs.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) offers all of its advanced practice nursing programs as a DNP degree.  The DNP curricula builds on a previous MS program by providing education in evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and systems thinking among other key areas.  DNP programs prepare nurses for the highest level of nursing practice.

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in nursing prepares students for research careers.  The distance PhD nursing program admits students who have earned a bachelor’s degree with a major in nursing (BS-PhD) or master’s degree in nursing or related disciplines (MS-PhD).

Admission Requirements

Admission to the University of Utah College of Nursing is consistent with policy of the Graduate School. Individuals wishing to earn a graduate degree in nursing must meet the minimum requirements for graduate student admission and be graduates of a program accredited by a nationally-recognized accrediting agency in nursing with an upper division major in nursing (with the exception of Nursing Informatics). In addition, the undergraduate program in nursing must have included field practice in community/public health and psychiatric mental health nursing. Applicants must apply prior to the admissions deadline posted on the College of Nursing website. All applications must be submitted through the online application system. (Admission to the University of Utah does not constitute admission to the College of Nursing.) Please see the College of Nursing’s list of graduate admission requirements at nursing.utah.edu.

Informatics Certificate

The market demand for informatics nurses is high and University of Utah is ranked #7 in the nation among nursing informatics programs. One career trend watcher recently named nursing informatics one of the ten hottest emerging careers in the United States. A degree in nursing informatics will allow you to lead or assist with the development, implementation and evaluation of information system applications for any area of practice. This high demand specialty will give you the knowledge to improve the health of consumers and improve organizational processes through information management and information technology.

At the University of Utah, you will have a unique interprofessional experience as you learn with biomedical, pharmacy and other informatics students. You will take many of your courses jointly with these students and work together on projects as you learn from nationally known faculty. Also, we have a new student-centered education building, available to you around the clock.

Our programs are at the center of informatics activities at the University of Utah. Our students collaborate across many disciplines–psychology, architecture, computer science, biomedical engineering and clinical departments on fascinating projects –for example to develop novel designs for physiological monitors, design patient-centered decision support applications, create risk mitigation strategies for implementing solutions or develop web-based educational programs for families of NICU.

The Nursing Informatics program has superb sites for student experiences, informatics projects and employment opportunities. Sites in Utah have been at the forefront of informatics since the 1980s and continue to lead the nation in computerized solutions.

A cohort of approximately 10-12 students is accepted into the Nursing Informatics program each fall semester.

Visit the Informatics Certificate  for course requirements.

Programs and Course Offerings



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