RN to BSN in Utah

In addition to experiencing a nursing shortage, Utah is suffering from a lack of nurse educators. University of Utah, the state’s flagship institution, is in desperate need of nursing educators to accommodate the demand of applicants for the school’s nursing programs.

Nurses looking for jobs will find the most opportunities in the state’s major cities: Salt Lake City, Provo, Ogden and St. George. Salaries start at $23,000 annually for nursing assistants and go up to $40,000 a year for practical/vocational nurses. Registered nurses make about $60,000 per year, and nurse practitioners make about $92,000 per year. Educator salaries start at $65,000, but vary greatly depending on experience. Utah is a member state of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC); nursing students who become licensed in Utah are eligible to work in 22 other states.

RN-to-BSN Programs in Utah

We have compiled a comprehensive list of Utah’s RN to BSN programs. In the summaries below, you will find all the essential program information to help you quickly narrow down your RN to BSN search. NCLEX-RN pass rates are as reported by the school.

Dixie State University

$ 223 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

March 1st and May 1st

  • Only ASN and RN to BSN programs are offered.
  • All coursework must be completed on campus.
Campus 225 S 700 E
Saint George, UT 84770-3876

Southern Utah University

$ 477 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Contact Admissions: 1-435-586-7700

  • Both a traditional BSN program and an RN to BSN program are offered.
  • All courses are administered on campus; there is no online coursework.
  • Between 30-35 students are admitted per semester.
Campus 351 West University Blvd
Cedar City, UT 84720

University of Utah

$ 11,195 program total

Application Deadlines

January 15th and May 15th

  • A full slate of undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs are offered.
  • The RN to BSN program is offered exclusively online.
  • The Early Nursing Assurance program allows high students to bypasses standard application process.
Online 201 Presidents Circle, ROOM 203
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Utah Valley University

$ 291 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

May 15th

  • ASN, BSN, RN to BSN or MSN degree programs are offered.
  • All programs are administered on campus.
Campus 800 W University Parkway
Orem, UT 84058

Weber State University

$ 149 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

March 27th and November 6th

  • The RN to BSN program is offered in either a hybrid format or completely online.
  • Students who choose the RN to BSN hybrid program must go to campus a total of five times per semester.
  • This school also offers graduate degree programs as well as continuing education courses required to maintain licensure.
Hybrid and Online 3848 Harrison Blvd
Ogden, UT 84408

Western Governors University

$ 273 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Rolling Admissions

  • All undergraduate and graduate nursing programs are offered online only.
  • Tuition and fees are determined by how quickly students are able to finish their coursework.
  • An MBA in Healthcare Management is offered in addition to traditional nursing programs.
Online 4001 East 700 South, Suite 700
Salt Lake City, UT 84107

Westminster College

$ 1,265 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Rolling Admissions

  • The RN to BSN program at this school is offered exclusively online.
  • This school also offers a traditional BSN program as well as graduate and certificate programs in nursing.
  • Students gain practical experience on campus at the state-of-the-art Dolores Dore Eccles Health, Wellness and Athletic Center.
Online 1840 South 1300 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84105

Please contact the RN to BSN program in Utah that you are interested in enrolling in to confirm details and to learn more. If you run an accredited RN to BSN program in Utah that is not listed above; please reach out to us with program information and proof of accreditation. Thank you!

State Commitment to RN to BSN Education Paths

The Future of Nursing campaign is a nationwide effort to bring the country up to the standards of nursing as outlined in the 2010 Institute of Medicine Report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. As a part of the effort, Utah has formed a State Action Coalition with the singular objective of achieving the goals set forth by the campaign. Having at least 80% of the nursing workforce hold a BSN degree is an integral part of this initiative and we have outlined the ways in which Utah is actively progressing on this front.

  • Education
  • Leadership
  • Practice & Care
  • Interprofessional Care
  • Diversity
  • Data

What is being done to increase the number of Utah RN’s with a BSN?

The Utah AC is coordinating with education programs to ensure efficient clinical education and seamless transitions from ASN to BSN degrees.

Are students enrolled via identified promising models of education progression?

Yes. RN to MSN Programs; and State or Regional Shared Curriculum.


What programs are being implemented to prepare nurses to lead change to advance health?

The AC is creating an inventory of current nursing leadership positions in Utah and planning to implement several leadership programs.

Practice & Care

Is the Coalition working to remove barriers to RN level of care?

Yes. The AC is working with other organization to reduce cumbersome regulations and promote equal pay for nurses performing the same functions as physicians.

Are they advancing state policy to remove barriers to care provided by APRNs?

Yes. The AC is working with other organization to reduce cumbersome regulations and promote equal pay for nurses performing the same functions as physicians.

Interprofessional Care

Is the state working to improve communication, transparency, and cooperation between healthcare providers?

The coalition has launched an inter-professional education initiative for nursing education programs with required courses in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry and allied health providers.


How are they improving diversity of the nursing workforce and care provided?

Using a broader definition of diversity, the AC is helping to finalize a plan to target rural students and first-generation graduates.


What steps are being taken to remove gaps in workforce and health care data?

The coalition has founded a Nurse Data Center, which is housed at the Utah Medical Education Council.

Contact Info

Juliana Preston

Executive Director
HealthInsight Utah

Maureen R. Keefe

RN, PhD, FAAN, Dean Emeritus and Professor
University of Utah College of Nursing

Joan Gallegos

HealthInsight Utah

Source: Campaign for Action

For a detailed progress report and additional workgroup contact information, please see the Utah and their Action Coalition Status Report (opens as PDF).

Utah Licensing

Utah is part of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). If you move to another state participating in the NLC (pictured in green), you can practice without getting a new license. For licensing information, visit the Utah Department of Health and Human Services.


Nursing Employment Outlook

Nursing Supply and Demand Projections

Source: "The Future of the Nursing Workforce," US HRSA, accessed June 2015.

What Nurses Make on Average in Major Cities

Source: BLS OES, May 2013. Accessed May 2014. Some data not provided.

Additional Information

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