Help improve the lives of others and enter an exciting career in healthcare with the Nursing degree. Nurses provide preventative and life-saving health treatment to patients and their families in a variety of environments. The University of Utah’s nursing program prepares students to be generalists in clinical settings, entry-level administrative positions, or to pursue graduate work in nursing. The Nursing degree offers three tracks: the Pre-licensure BS (for students who don’t have a nursing license), the Post-licensure BS (for students who have an associate’s degree), and the Early Assurance Program (for high school seniors and college freshmen with less than 30 credits). Regardless of educational background and prior experience, all nursing students complete coursework in general health, public health, evidence-based medical practice, and systems and populations. The curriculum also requires several hours of clincal work in area healthcare facilities, providing you with vital hands-on practice in your field. Whether you are a registered nurse returning to school to earn a baccalaureate degree, or if you are a new student with no prior nursing experience, this program will give you the theoretical knowledge and hands-on training you need to excel as a nurse. Students also have the option of choosing the Geriatric Nursing Leadership emphasis for the program.
The Student Experience
Students seeking to enrich their academic experience have many options to choose from. If you want to hone your research skills and pursue a personal area of interest, perform an undergraduate research project. Completing an internship will provide you with hands-on experience and training in addition to the coursework you will be completing, while a learning abroad program can offer these same benefits in an exciting, international setting. The College of Nursing also offers several student involvement opportunities, such as the department Student Advisory Council, Nurses for Universal Reproductive and Sexuality Education, and the National Student Nurses Association.
Upon graduation, students can pursue careers as RNs, case managers, clinical nurses, pediatric nurses, ER nurses, or midwives. With additional education or certification, you can become a Family Nurse Practitioner or be employed in administrative or director roles in nursing and higher education. Regardless of your role, your skills as a nurse will allow you to work in a number of facilities across the country, such as clinics, schools, private care practices, and hospitals.