How To Become A Nurse In Utah

Unlike other states in the nation that are facing severe nursing shortages, Utah has a glut of nursing school graduates due to the addition of many new nursing school programs. Due to all the new nurses and other employment factors, nurse salaries are below the national average in Utah where hospital jobs are competitive.

The Utah State Nursing Board, part of the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing, accepts applications for taking the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) that a nursing student must pass to become licensed as a registered nurse (RN) or licensed practical nurse (LPN) in Utah.

Utah Students Score Above Average on Nursing Examinations

LPNs scored higher than the national average on the NCLEX in Utah, where 99.7 per cent passed on their first try, compared to LPNs 85.2 percent around the nation.

Although LPN training can be completed in a year without prerequisites, the far more common RN education programs require a handful of first year college courses before application. This can vary from program to program, but it usually consists of one to three semesters of first year math, physiology, biology, psychology, and, in some cases, some second year courses in similar subjects. Specific school or college programs should be checked for specific requirements.

Application does not guarantee acceptance into a nursing school in Utah where there is a high demand for nursing education, and good grades are key to acceptance. There are two RN training programs to choose from. An associate degree in nursing takes two years, and a bachelor of science in nursing takes four years of full-time study. Both programs teach patient assessment, drug administration, care, and nurse management

A bachelor of science in nursing gives students more time to study advanced nursing theory and research studies, as well as studies in specialized topics, which, in turn, can open the door to a wider variety of careers and, in some cases, higher earning potential.

Nursing Salaries Vary in Different Utah Cities

Nursing salaries vary in Utah where a registered staff nurse makes an average annual salary of $63,220 in Salt Lake City, $62,220 in Provo and $61,962 in Ogden. Utah is part of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) which allows nurses with licences from that state to work in 24 other states in the nationwide compact.

About 2,500 LPNs are licensed in Utah, compared with 18,230 RNs, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics, and most of these are employed in hospitals.

Intermountain Healthcare (IHC) owns and operates 22 of Utah’s 60 hospitals and essentially sets the nursing wage standard in the state. Between the hospitals and its 185 physician clinics, IHC employs about 33,000 people in Utah.

Nursing Schools in Utah

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Nursing School Locations

Brigham Young University
A-41 ASB
Provo, Utah 84602
(801) 422-4104

College of Eastern Utah
451 East 400 North Street
Price, Utah 84501
(435) 613-5000

University of Utah
College of Nursing
10 South 2000 East Street
Salt Lake City, Utah 84112
(801) 581-3441

Westminster College
1040 South 1300 East Street
Salt Lake City, Utah 84105
(801) 484-7651

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