The nursing situation in Utah was better during the period of the economic crisis. This could be attributed to the fact that many nurses put off their retirement because of financial uncertainty. After the crisis, many nurses who were due for retirement left the workforce or reduce their work hours, resulting in the current nursing shortage in the state.
Currently, Utah has more than 19,000 registered nurses in the workforce. It is estimated that about 15% of them work two jobs. When many of the nurses working two jobs decide to give up the other job, the state is projected to be short of 4,633 nurses. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimate that nurse shortage in Utah will be 6,925 by 2020.
The state is particularly concerned on improving the education level of the nursing workforce. Programs are developed to address the problem but they are hampered by the fact that the state has only nine nursing schools accredited by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Twenty-eight percent of the current nursing students are working for their bachelor’s degree; the rest are enrolled in the associate degree program.
Utah high school graduates and non-nursing degree holders who want to pursue a nursing program may choose to enroll to any of the following top nursing schools in the state:
1.University of Utah
The University of Utah is the state’s flagship public university. Located in Salt Lake City, the university has over 100 undergraduate and 92 graduate programs. The university has an enrollment of more than 32,000 students that came mostly from the state. It has approximately 9% of foreign students. The University of Utah is part of the Utah System of Higher Education.
The university was established as the University of Deseret in 1850 by the General Assembly of the provisional State of Deseret. The name was changed to the University of Utah in 1892 as it permanently moved to the land that used to belong to the U.S. Army’s Fort Douglas on the eastern Salt Lake Valley.
College of Nursing
The University of Utah College of Nursing is part of the University of Utah Health Sciences Center. It offers both traditional nursing format and online format offer a wide range of specializations. The college offers interactive educational approach tailored to the students’ experiences and career goals.
The College of Nursing offers the following academic programs:
- Bachelor’s degree programs (Bachelor of Science in Nursing)
- Master’s degree programs (Master of Science in Nursing)
- PhD program (PhD in Nursing)
- Graduate Certificate programs
- Doctorate degree program (Doctor of Nursing Practice)
- Gerontology programs
Information about the nursing programs may be obtained from:
University of Utah College of Nursing
10 South 2000 East, Room 2200
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
Phone: (801) 581-3414
Fax: (801) 585-9705
Undergraduate Programs Email: email@example.com
Graduate Programs Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Westminster College
Westminster College is a private liberal arts college in Salt Lake City, Utah. The only accredited liberal arts college in the state, Westminster College has four schools: School of Arts and Sciences, Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business, School of Education, and School of Nursing and Health Sciences. The college offers more than 70 academic programs in the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Westminster College started as the Salt Lake Collegiate Institute in 1875. It was a preparatory school established by the First Presbyterian Church of Salt Lake City. Primary and secondary schools, offering free tuition to attract students from other religions, were offered later. College classes were offered in 1897 at the Sheldon Jackson College named after a Presbyterian minister and primary benefactor. The school became a college only institution with the cessation of high school level classes in 1945. The name of the school was changed into Westminster College in 1902 in order to reflect a Protestant education. The college holds the distinction of being the first two-year junior college to be accredited in Utah. Westminster College became a liberal arts institution in 1949.
School of Nursing and Health Sciences
Westminster College’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences has a new home – the Dolores Dore Eccles Health, Wellness, and Athletic Center with state-of-the-art facilities with teaching/learning laboratories that simulate real-world working environments. The school offers programs that produce health care workers that will work as Registered Nurse, Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthetist, and public health professional. They offer the following academic nursing programs:
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Pediatrics, Critical Care, Community Health, Gerontology, Obstetrics, Psychiatric, Medical/Surgical, and Leadershi)
- Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing
- Bachelor of Public Health
- Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
- Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner
- Master of Public Health
Graduate Certificate Programs
- Public Health
- Family Nurse Practitioner
Information about the nursing degree programs may be obtained from:
Salt Lake City, UT 84105
Telephone: (801) 832-2152
Fax: (801) 832-3110
3. Western Governors University
Western Governors University was established by in 1997 by 19 U.S. state governors after the idea was hatched in a meeting of the Western Governors Association in 1997. It is a private, nonprofit online university located in Salt Lake City, Utah. The university is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
Western Governors University uses a competency-based program to complete an academic degree or certificate requirements. The program allows students to demonstrate during assessments their acquired competencies as required by a particular certificate or degree. School terms cover a six-month rolling semesters which start at the first each month. Classes are to be completed in six weeks with the students allowed to proceed at their own pace. Course mentors are assigned to give individual and group instruction and to moderate online discussions.
Western Governors University has four colleges that offer degree programs in the undergraduate and graduate levels: the College of Business, the College of Information Technology, the Teachers College, and the College of Health Profession that includes Nursing.
The College of Health Professions offers the following nursing programs:
Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs –
- B.S. Nursing (RN to BSN online)
- B.S. Nursing (Prelicensure)
Online Master’s Degree Programs-
- M.S. Nursing – Education (for Registered Nurses with BSN degree)
- M.S. Nursing – Leadership and Management (for RNs with BSN degree)
- M.S. Nursing – Education (RN to MSN option)
- M.S. Nursing – Leadership and Management (RN to MSN option)
The nursing programs at the Western Governors University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
Information about nursing programs and admission may be obtained from:
4. Brigham Young University
Brigham Young University, a private research university operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Provo, Utah, is the largest religious university in the United States. It has around 30,000 on-campus students plus a large number of online students. The university is composed of 11 colleges and schools at its main campus in Provo and satellite campuses in Jerusalem and Salt Lake City.
Brigham Young University’s beginning could be traced to the purchase by the LDS Church’s president Brigham Young in 1875 of the Lewis Building which was the home of a Provo school started by Warren Dusenberry. Young envisioned a school that would provide good education to the children of the members of the LDS Church. Young’s school separated from the University of Desert to become Brigham Young Academy. The Academy was dissolved in 1903 to be replaced by Brigham Young High School and the Brigham Young University.
Brigham Young University is composed of 16 colleges enrolling around 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students.
BYU College of Nursing
The College of Nursing started offering a degree program in nursing in 1952 as a school of nursing. In the 1950s the school changed its designation into a college. Currently, the college has over 400 students.
The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education accredits the nursing programs of the BYU College of Nursing.
5. Southern Utah University
Southern Utah University, founded in 1898, is a public university in Cedar City, Utah. It started as the Branch Normal School, the first teacher training school in Utah. In 1913, the Branch Normal School changed into the Branch Agricultural College, becoming a branch of the Utah State Agricultural College. The college continued to grow and in 1951 became the College of Southern Utah. The college finally became the Southern Utah University in 1991,
The Southern Utah University is composed of four colleges and two schools that offer bachelor’s and master’s degree programs to more than 7,500 students.
Southern Utah University’s nursing programs are offered by the Walter Maxwell Gibosn College of Science & Engineering, Department of Nursing. The Department offers the following nursing programs:
- Nursing, RN Pre-Licensure
- Nursing, RN to BSN
The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education accredits the nursing baccalaureate program of the Southern Utah University. The Department of Nursing is located at the first floor of the L.S. &Aline W. Skaggs Center for Health and Molecular Sciences.
Information about academic programs and enrollment requirements may be obtained from:
Southern Utah University
351 W University Blvd.
Cedar City, UT 84720