With a focus on state health initiatives and outcomes, nurses affect the lives of patients and populations every single day. As a way to empower them to do more and earn more, Utah has made the path to more education extremely accessible. Now is the right time for nurses to pursue one of the state's RN to BSN programs - a path that will open new career opportunities for years to come.

Admissions Requirements for Utah RN to BSN Programs

Nurses are familiar with college entry processes, and admissions for Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) completion programs aren't very different. Criteria may vary between schools, but below we've gathered some of the most common admissions standards so you can be prepared:

  • Cumulative average of 3.0 or competitive standard for all prerequisite courses
  • Complete and submit the application form and associated processing fees
  • Submit official transcripts from ADN program and any continuing education courses that have been undertaken in the intervening time span
  • Have a successful background screening
  • Have a Utah RN license without encumbrances
  • Submit a professional resume and references

RN to BSN Classes & Courses

Westminster College in St. George is home to well acclaimed RN to BSN program. Nursing faculty work to provide students with theoretical and evidence-based understanding of Nursing and the healthcare research process. Offerings include courses like the following:

  • NURS 380 Dimensions of Nursing
  • NURS 385 Teaching, Mentoring, and Health Promotion in Nursing
  • NURS 391 Nursing Theory and Research
  • NURS 450 Older Adults in the Community
  • NURS 470 Culture, Health, and Illness

Online RN to BSN Programs in Utah

Utah is home to about five online RN to BSN programs throughout the state. Using this platform, higher education studies are now accessible to students and working nurses regardless of where they're located in Utah, and beyond.

Featured Online School

Located in Salt Lake City, the University of Utah offers convenient and flexible online programming for nurses who wish to achieve their BSN degree. With the help and planning of the school's program director, RNs can choose to complete the program in as little as two semesters or as many as four semesters. While course work is 100% online, nurses complete a 32-hour clinical shadowing block which can be completed while they continue to work.

Admissions and Program Length

Stevens-Henager College, founded in 1891, is a pioneer in Utah's online RN to BSN programming. RNs are able to apply and enter the program at multiple points during the year and study for 24 months in order to complete their BSN degree. With intensive courses in evidence-based concepts and practice, BSN courses are immediately applicable to a nurse's career.

Tuition and Cost of Attendance

Dixie State University in St. George offers a fully online RN to BSN program that costs approximately $8,000 for in-state residents. This includes other fees that are levied by the school, but does not include textbooks, materials, technology fees or equipment fees and rentals. Students are encouraged to apply for financial aid, as many students qualify for at least partial aid.

Does an RN to BSN Increase My Salary?

Across the country, BSN nurses earn on average about $15,000 more per year than their ADN counterparts, largely due to the extended schooling they have, and expanded responsibility and role capacity that they are able to take on. While a nursing job may not automatically increase a nurse's pay once they have BSN degree, there are a lot more jobs available that require a BSN degree. It's no exaggeration to say that a BSN degree opens many professional pathways for RNs!

RN to BSN Salary Comparison in Utah

While the lowest salary range for Utah nurses is about $44,000, the average is about $60,000. Nurses with their ADN qualifications only are much more likely to land closer to the lower salary range, and stay around that level, whereas, nurses with their BSN likely earn closer to the $60,000 figure. Additionally, nurses with a BSN are better positioned to increase their earnings to the $80,000 or about the top 10% of earnings for nurses in the state.

RN to BSN Programs

Degree programs are offered at several different locations within Utah; traditional campus delivery, online delivery and a combination of both can be found at many different colleges, making earning your Bachelor's of Science in Nursing easier than you think. Upgrading your credentials can be done while still working in the field due to the number of delivery methods being offered in these programs. Making the choice to upgrade your skills can be a difficult one, but the benefits of earning $4,000 to $8,000 more annually and having opportunities such as nurse educator, nurse coordinator or other specialty department jobs, can make the decision easier.

AmeriTech College
RN-BSN Degree Completion Program
12257 Business Park Drive, #100
Draper, UT 84020
(801) 816-8657
Dixie State University
Department of Nursing
225 S University Ave
St George, UT 84770
Southern Utah University
Department of Nursing
351 West University Boulevard
Cedar City, UT 84720
(435) 586-7915
Stevens-Henager College
School of Nursing
1890 South 1350 West
West Haven, UT 84401
University of Utah
College of Nursing
10 South 2000 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
(801) 581-8262
Utah Valley University
Department of Nursing
800 W University Pkwy
Orem, UT 84058
Weber State University
School of Nursing
3848 Harrison Blvd
Ogden, UT 84408
Western Governors University
Department of Nursing
4001 South 700 East, Suite 700
Salt Lake City, UT 84107
(801) 428-5304
Westminster College
Online Campus
School of Nursing
1840 South 1300 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84105
(801) 832-2164