2017-2018 General Catalog 
    Apr 26, 2018  
2017-2018 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing, B.S. - Geriatric Nursing Leadership Emphasis

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Major Requirements for RN-BS Program

College of Nursing
Nursing Building 2200

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.

  • 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  


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.

This emphasis is ONLY available to students admitted to the RN-BSN program. Refer to the College of Nursing website www.nursing.utah.edu for more information.

First Year

Fall Semester

  • General Education (WR2) - 3 Credit(s)
  • General Education (QA) - 3 Credit(s)
  • General Education (FF) - 3 Credit(s)
  • General Elective - 6 Credit(s)
Total Hours: 15

Spring Semester

  • General Education (HF) - 3 Credit(s)
  • General Education (QB) - 3 Credit(s)
  • General Education (BF) - 3 Credit(s)
  • General Elective - 6 Credit(s)
Total Hours: 15

Second Year

Fall Semester

  • General Education (AI) - 3 Credit(s)
  • General Education (FF) - 3 Credit(s)
  • General Elective - 9 Credit(s)
Total Hours: 15

Spring Semester

  • General Education (HF) - 3 Credit(s)
  • General Education (BF) - 3 Credit(s)
  • General Elective - 9 Credit(s)
Total Hours: 15

Third Year

Fall Semester

Total Hours: 15

Total Hours: 15

Fourth Year

Fall Semester

Total Hours: 15

Spring Semester

Total Hours: 15