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  Sep 25, 2017
 
2017-2018 General Catalog

Nursing, B.S.


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Major Requirements for Nursing


College of Nursing
nursing.utah.edu
Nursing Building 2200
801-581-3414
info@nurs.utah.edu

Minimum Degree Hours: 122
Minimum Major Hours: 60

The College of Nursing offers a 4 consecutive semester nursing program that begins in the FALL and SPRING semester.

Nursing students first complete their prerequisite courses and other university requirements (such as general education requirements) as a pre-nursing major at the University of Utah or another college/university.  Most students complete their pre-requisites and other required courses in two years.  Declaration of the pre-nursing major at the University of Utah does not guarantee admission to the nursing program.

The curriculum in the nursing program provides learning experiences in health promotion, acute care and community health nursing, health care disparities, global health nursing, health policy and issues associated with special populations.  Students receive supervised clinical learning experiences with clients in a variety of settings for approximately 12-24 hours per week. Exposure to nursing research, community engaged learning, and leadership experiences are integrated throughout the program.

Admission Requirements

Eligibility
  • Completion of at least 45 semester hours of study at the university/college level.
  • Completion of general education requirements prior to starting the nursing program.
  • Completion of the nine (9) nursing prerequisite courses with a grade of C or higher prior to entering the program (C- grades are not accepted).
  • The five (5) nursing prerequisite marked by an astrisk (*) must be completed and graded at the time of application. Human Anatomy and Human Physiology must be completed within 7 years of starting the program. All courses must have been taught in the English language.
  • Minimum 3.0 grade point average (GPA) on a scale of 4.0 in all prerequisite courses.
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a scale of 4.0. The most competitive candidates will have had some volunteer or employment experience in a health care setting, leadership opportunities, and community service.

If you are currently not a University of Utah student, you must also apply to the University of Utah’s Office of Admissions. Please note that meeting the minimum eligibility requirements for the University of Utah does not guarantee that an applicant will be admitted to the College of Nursing program.

Prerequisites

Completion of all 9 nursing prerequisite courses listed below is required prior to entry into the nursing program. All prerequisite courses must have a grade of C or better. It is the applicant’s responsibility to submit updated transcripts to ensure the review of the application.

The 5 prerequisite courses identified with an asterisk (*) must be completed before the application deadline. If these courses are not completed, your application will not be considered. There are no exceptions to this requirement.

Application Requirements

Applications to the nursing program are accepted through our convenient online application system. You will be able to create an account with a username and password so that you can return to work on your application over several sessions. Instructions for each component of the application are provided within the online application. The following is an overview of the application materials:

  1. Personal information, educational and employment history
  2. Professional resume
  3. Three professional references (name and email address)
  4. Written essay on a subject chosen by the College of Nursing
  5. Electronic interview
  6. Current unofficial transcripts (official transcripts will be requred upon admission to the College of Nursing)
  7. Any other information requested by the admissions committee

Current official transcripts need to be sent to the University Office of Admissions (if applying to the University). Unofficial transcripts need to be uploaded through the application portal. Official transcripts are not required to be sent to the College of Nursing until you have been accepted into the program. Applicants will be required to submit any additional information requested by the admissions committee. Students are responsible for the completion of their application file. Incomplete files will not be reviewed.

Applications are carefully reviewed by the Baccalaureate Admissions and Advancement Committee on the basis of academic qualifications, potential for success in the program and potential for contributions to the profession. The College of Nursing adheres to the University of Utah’s policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity in admission decisions. If the number of qualified applicants exceeds the resources of the college, students are accepted on the basis of the recommendations of the Baccalaureate Admissions and Advancement Committee and the Dean of the college. Final acceptance is contingent on receipt of official transcripts and the successful completion of the required prerequisite courses with a grade of C or higher. If the applicant does not enroll as a student and enter the College of Nursing the first day of classes for the semester admitted, the position in the entering class will be forfeited.

All applicants will receive notification about the status of their application by email.

Students who are denied admission are responsible for completing and submitting a new application each admission cycle. Applications are not automatically forwarded. Applications from individuals who have applied in the past are reviewed as a member of the current applicant pool. Individuals who reapply must be currently admitted to the University of Utah.

Major requirements for Nursing must be completed in the pattern described below. The requirements detailed in this section do not include General Education and Bachelor Degree requirements. To see a sample program of study which includes major and university requirements, please see “Sample Program of Study.”

Graduation Requirements

  • A minimum GPA of 2.00 in all NURS courses is required.
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.00 is required.
  • All major courses must be completed with a C or better.

Honors in Nursing

Students seeking an HBS in Nursing must complete:

Required Courses: Pre-Licensure


Fourth Semester


Major Requirements for RN-BS Program


College of Nursing
nursing.utah.edu
Nursing Building 2200
801-581-3414
grad.info@nurs.utah.edu

Minimum Degree Hours: 122
Minimum Major Hours: 30

The online RN to BS program (RN-BS) and RN to BS Geriatric Nursing Leadership emphasis  (RN-BS GNL) 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 with an optional emphasis in geriatric nursing leadership. The RN-BS program can be completed in two, three, or four consecutive semesters.  Students in the RN-BS program have the option of beginning the program in the spring, summer, or fall semester.  Students in the RN-BS GNL emphasis must begin the program in fall semester and complete the program in three or four consecutive semesters.  Both options are offered fully online.       

The curriculum in the RN-BS program and RN-BS GNL emphasis provide learning experiences in health promotion, health care disparities, global and public health nursing, leadership, and health policy. Students complete a clinical capstone in their fourth semester. Exposure to nursing research and evidence-based practice is integrated throughout the program.  The RN-BS GNL emphasis is designed to improve geriatric nursing care, incorporate the principles of cultural competency in the care of elders, focus on leadership skills and competencies, include principles of supervising culturally diverse workers, enhance geriatric clinical content in courses, and emphasize the care of older adults in all settings.  Students who choose the RN-BS GNL emphasis will take GERON 5100 Research in Aging in place of NURS 3108 Evidence Based Practice, and must take an assigned elective, GERON 5050 Best Practices in Geriatrics.  Completion of the RN-BS GNL emphasis is indicated on the student’s transcript.

Eligibility
  • 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.
  • Completion of all university general education requirements (may be demonstrated through possession of a prior bachelor’s degree, Associate of Science, Associate of Arts, or Certificate of Completion in General Education).
  • Current, unencumbered license as an RN or successful completion of NCLEX within two months of starting RN-BS program or RN-BS GNL emphasis
  • Completion of ALL 9 nursing prerequisite courses with a grade of C or higher; C- grades are not accepted and must be repeated
  • 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 AS or AAS 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 or RN-BS GNL emphasis.

Prerequisite Courses

BIOL 1210 - Principles of Biology  
BIOL 2325 - Human Anatomy  
BIOL 2420 - Human Physiology  
CHEM 1110 - Elementary Chemistry  
MATH 1070 - Introduction to Statistical Inference  
NUTR 3010 - Nutrition Intervention in Treatment and Prevention of Chronic Disease  
NURS 2100 - Human Development: A Lifespan Approach to Health 
NURS 2270 - Pathophysiology  
PATH 3100 - Introduction to Medical Microbiology  

Requirements

Applications into the RN-BS program are accepted for spring, summer, and fall admission.  Applications into the RN-BS GNL emphasis are accepted for fall admission only. 

Applications to the RN-BS program and RN-BS GNL emphasis are accepted through our convenient online application system. You will be able to create an account with a username and password so that you can return to work on your application over several sessions. Instructions for each component are provided within the online application. The following is an overview of the application materials:

  1. Personal information, educational and employment history
  2. Professional resume
  3. Three professional references (name and email address)
  4. Written essay on a subject chosen by the College of Nursing
  5. Current unofficial transcripts (official transcripts will be required upon admission to the College of Nursing)
  6. Applicants for whom English is not their native language must score 50 or higher on the SPEAK test
  7. Any other information requested by the admissions committee

Students are responsible for the completion of their application file. Incomplete files will not be reviewed.

Applicants are carefully reviewed by the Baccalaureate Admissions and Advancement Committee on the basis of academic qualifications as well as promise for success in the program and potential for contributions to the profession. The College of Nursing adheres to the University of Utah’s policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity in admission decisions. If the number of qualified applicants exceeds the resources of the college, students are accepted on the basis of the recommendations of the Baccalaureate Admissions and Advancement Committee and the dean of the college.

Final acceptance is contingent upon receipt of official transcripts and the successful completion of required prerequisite courses with a grade of C or higher. If the applicant does not enroll as a student and participate in College of Nursing courses the first week of classes for the semester admitted, the position in the entering class will be forfeited.

All applicants will receive notification about the status of their application by email.

Students who are denied admission are responsible for completing and submitting a new application each admission cycle. Applications are not automatically forwarded.

Students will be required to attend an on-campus orientation at the beginning of the program and a final project presentation during 4th semester.

* Major requirements for Nursing must be completed in the pattern described below. The requirements detailed in this section do not include General Education and Bachelor Degree requirements.

Graduation Requirements

  • A minimum GPA of 2.00 in all NURS courses is required.
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.00 is required.
  • All major courses must be completed with a C or better.

Required Courses


Geriatric Nursing Leadership Emphasis


Students may complete the Nursing BS - GNL emphasis by completing the following in addition to the other RN-BS required course listed above:

Sample 4-yr Degree Plan


Note: This is just a sample. Log into My Degree Dashboard (in CIS) and meet with your academic advisor to fit a program of study with your academic record.

Please see nursing.utah.edu for more information.

First Year


Fall Semester


Total Hours: 15

Spring Semester


Total Hours: 14

Summer Semester


Total Hours: 10

Second Year


Fall Semester


Total Hours: 13

Spring Semester


Total Hours: 12

Third Year


Total Hours: 16

Spring Semester


Total Hours: 13

Total Hours: 16

Fourth Year


Total Hours: 18

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