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University of Utah    
  Feb 25, 2018
2015-2016 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing, H.B.S. - Honors

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Major Requirements for Nursing

College of Nursing
Nursing Building 2200

Minimum Degree Hours: 122
Minimum Major Hours: 62

Admission Requirements

  • 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 ten (10) nursing prerequisite courses with a grade of C or higher prior to entering the program (C- grades are not accepted).
  • The six (6) nursing prerequisite marked by (*) 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 and 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 2.8 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.

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.


Completion of all 10 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 6 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 programs are accepted through our convenient online application system. You will be able to create an account with a PIN 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 letters of recommendation
  4. Responses to short answer questions
  5. Electronic interview that you will schedule through the online application system
  6. Additional Requirements

Current official transcripts need to be sent to the University Office of Admissions (if applying to the University) and the College of Nursing. Applicants for whom English is a second language must score 50 or higher on the SPEAK test. 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 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 on 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 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.

Core Courses

Third Year

Fourth Year

Honors Required Courses

Students who complete the Honors Degree requirements AND maintain a 3.5 gpa will recieve the Honors Degree (H.B.S or H.B.A.) designation on their diploma.

See Honors College  for more information.


Complete 3 additional honors (HONOR or HON attribute) courses.


Complete 1 Honors Thesis course (DEPT 4999) in your major department.

Final thesis must be approved by Honors Advisor.