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9th Annual Utah RN Program Rankings by RNCareers.org

To help nursing students in their search for a top RN program, the education experts at RNCareers.org publish their annual findings of the best nursing schools for both Utah and the country. Schools ranked on our list have proven their ability to educate highly competent nurses.

To create our rankings, we evaluated 8 ADN degree programs and 11 BSN degree programs in Utah. We obtained each institution’s first-time NCLEX-RN passing rates, the number of students taking the test, the program nursing accreditation and more. We then compared the results against other nursing programs in Utah to provide our state rankings. View our methodology

Best RN Programs in Utah

Best ADN Programs in Utah

#1 Associate Degree in Nursing

Utah Tech University

Utah Tech University

92.53% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 225 S University Avenue, Saint George, UT - 84770-3876
  • (435) 652-7500
Nurse Admin: Judy Scott, EdD, MSN, RN
Title: Department Chair/Associate Professor
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 92.53%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 236
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $5,862
  • Book and Supplies: $800
  • Percent Received Aid: 90%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $5,901
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 35%

Utah Tech University is located in St. George, Utah.  Utah Tech University offers an ADN program and an RN to BSN program.  Students enrolled in the ADN program may continue into the RN to BSN program without reapplying if they pass their courses and the NCLEX-RN.  The RN to BSN program can be completed in as little as 12 months, if attending full-time, but can also be completed on a part-time basis, which is ideal for the working nurse.

#2 Associate Degree in Nursing

Utah Valley University

Utah Valley University

92.33% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 800 W University Parkway, Orem, UT - 84058-5999
  • (801) 863-8000
Nurse Admin: Dale Maughan, PhD, MSN, RN
Title: Chair
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 92.33%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 753
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $6,010
  • Book and Supplies: $588
  • Percent Received Aid: 74%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $5,386
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 32%

One of the leading nursing colleges in the state, Utah Valley University, prepares nurses for a successful nursing career via a team-oriented learning process and highly skilled faculty. Students learn the required knowledge and clinical judgment skills in order to provide expert nursing care in a dynamic healthcare environment. 

Nursing students at Utah Valley University get the chance to engage in hands-on learning in simulation labs and in clinical rotations. They participate in research, internships and also get international healthcare experiences. The University offers physical, online, or hybrid classes for different courses. The courses here are competitive and have high academic standards while also being balanced with a compassionate and team-oriented emphasis on preparing professional, skilled, and caring nurses.

Undergraduate Programs: Utah Valley University offers an Associate in Science in Nursing with a BSN completion program. Graduates of the ASN program can take their NCLEX-RN examination and practice as skilled RNs. They are also eligible to seamlessly transition to the BSN degree should they wish to. 

In addition, there is also an RN to BSN degree that allows ASN graduates to learn and apply leadership skills, genomics, global health perspectives, and research practice. The RN to BSN program classes are available online, hybrid, or face-to-face. 

Graduate Programs: The MSN program at Utah Valley University is an online course that can be taken full-time or part-time. Students are prepared for advanced roles as nurse educators in both clinical and academic settings.

#3 Associate Degree in Nursing

AmeriTech College-Draper

Nursing Program

90.55% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 12257 South Business Park Drive-Ste 100, Draper, UT - 84020-6545
  • (801) 816-1444
Nurse Admin: Janet Houston, DNP RN
Title: Dean of Nursing
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 90.55%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 50
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $931
  • Book and Supplies: N/A
  • Percent Received Aid: 90%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $2,265
  • Percent Admitted: 100%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 46%
  • Graduation Rate: 80%

Ameritech College of Healthcare is located in Draper, Utah.  The college educates nurses, dental assistants, medical assistants and occupational therapy assistants.  Their nursing program is an ADN degree that is designed to be completed quickly, in less than 2 years.  They also offer an RN to BSN completion option, which is an online program and can be completed in 3 semesters.

#4 Associate Degree in Nursing

Salt Lake Community College

87.45% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 4600 S Redwood Rd, Salt Lake City, UT - 84123
  • (801) 957-4111
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (B) 87.45%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 348
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $4,086
  • Book and Supplies: $700
  • Percent Received Aid: 75%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $3,378
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 26%

Salt Lake Community College is located in Salt Lake City, Utah.  They offer an RN program.  They also allow LPNs/LVNs advanced placement into the nursing program.  They have a Nursing Arts Lab where students can use state-of-the-art equipment to practice nursing skills.

#5 Associate Degree in Nursing

Weber State University

Weber State University

86.94% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 3848 Harrison Blvd., Ogden, UT - 84408-1001
  • (801) 626-6000
Nurse Admin: Rieneke Holman, PhD, RN
Title: Associate Professor and Chair, Annie Taylor Dee School of Nursing
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (B) 86.94%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 582
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $6,228
  • Book and Supplies: $1,400
  • Percent Received Aid: 91%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $5,046
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 36%

Weber State University is located in Ogden, Utah.  The university offers a variety of options for its students; they offer both an ASN and BSN degree. They also offer RN to BSN and PN to RN options.  Their program allows you to begin your studies in the ASN degree, and progress to the MSN level of nursing; however, they also allow entrance for new students in all levels of their nursing programs.

Best BSN Programs in Utah

#1 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Brigham Young University-Provo

College of Nursing

95.58% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • Main Campus, Provo, UT - 84602
  • (801) 422-4636
Nurse Admin: Jane H. Lasseter, PhD, RN, FAAN
Title: Dean and Professor
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 95.58%
  • Programs: Family Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Bachelor, MSN

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 1316
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $912
  • Book and Supplies: N/A
  • Percent Received Aid: 71%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $6,914
  • Percent Admitted: 69%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 81%
  • Graduation Rate: 75%

#2 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Southern Utah University

Department of Nursing

94.33% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 351 West University Blvd, Cedar City, UT - 84720
  • (435) 586-7700
Nurse Admin: Selwyn D. Layton, DNP, RN
Title: Chair
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 94.33%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Bachelor

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 339
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $6,726
  • Book and Supplies: $1,600
  • Percent Received Aid: 96%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $8,817
  • Percent Admitted: 76%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 17%
  • Graduation Rate: 46%

#3 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Western Governors University

Department of Nursing

92.74% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 4001 South 700 East Suite 700, Salt Lake City, UT - 84107
  • (801) 274-3280
Nurse Admin: Kim Kelly-Cortez, PhD, MSEd, MBA, RN, CNE, NPD-BC
Title: Interim Dean and Chief Nursing Administrator
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 92.74%
  • Programs: CNL, Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Accelerated BSN, Bachelor, MSN, RN to MSN

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 3093
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $200
  • Book and Supplies: N/A
  • Percent Received Aid: 75%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: N/A
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: N/A

#4 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Westminster College

School of Nursing

90.98% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 1840 South 1300 East, Salt Lake City, UT - 84105
  • (801) 484-7651
Nurse Admin: Sheryl Steadman, PhD, MSN, RN
Title: Dean
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 90.98%
  • Programs: Family Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Bachelor, MSN

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 133
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $1,000
  • Book and Supplies: N/A
  • Percent Received Aid: 100%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $22,700
  • Percent Admitted: 87%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 11%
  • Graduation Rate: 69%

#5 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

AmeriTech College-Draper

Nursing Program

90.56% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 12257 South Business Park Drive-Ste 100, Draper, UT - 84020-6545
  • (801) 816-1444
Nurse Admin: Janet Houston, DNP RN
Title: Dean of Nursing
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 90.56%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 50
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $931
  • Book and Supplies: N/A
  • Percent Received Aid: 90%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $2,265
  • Percent Admitted: 100%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 46%
  • Graduation Rate: 80%

#6 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Utah Tech University

Utah Tech University

89.28% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 225 S University Avenue, Saint George, UT - 84770-3876
  • (435) 652-7500
Nurse Admin: Judy Scott, EdD, MSN, RN
Title: Department Chair/Associate Professor
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (B) 89.28%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 236
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $5,862
  • Book and Supplies: $800
  • Percent Received Aid: 90%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $5,901
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 35%

#7 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

University of Utah College of Nursing

College of Nursing

89.09% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 201 Presidents Circle, ROOM 201, Salt Lake City, UT - 84112-9008
  • (801) 581-7200
Nurse Admin: Marla J. De Jong, PhD, RN7 CCNS, FAAN
Title: Dean, Louis H. Peery Presidential Endowed Chair, and Professor
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (B) 89.09%
  • Programs: Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult Nurse Practitioner, Adult Psychiatric - Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nursing, Women's Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Award Levels: Accelerated BSN, APRN Certificate, Bachelor, BSN to DNP, BSN to PhD, MSN, MSN to DNP

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 4193
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $8,893
  • Book and Supplies: $1,036
  • Percent Received Aid: 87%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $8,345
  • Percent Admitted: 79%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 31%
  • Graduation Rate: 67%

#8 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Utah Valley University

Utah Valley University

89.09% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 800 W University Parkway, Orem, UT - 84058-5999
  • (801) 863-8000
Nurse Admin: Dale Maughan, PhD, MSN, RN
Title: Chair
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (B) 89.09%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 753
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $6,010
  • Book and Supplies: $588
  • Percent Received Aid: 74%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $5,386
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 32%

#9 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Weber State University

Weber State University

86.71% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 3848 Harrison Blvd., Ogden, UT - 84408-1001
  • (801) 626-6000
Nurse Admin: Rieneke Holman, PhD, RN
Title: Associate Professor and Chair, Annie Taylor Dee School of Nursing
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (B) 86.71%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 582
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $6,228
  • Book and Supplies: $1,400
  • Percent Received Aid: 91%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $5,046
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 36%

Overview of Nursing Schools in Utah

  • There are 19 nursing schools in Utah. The CCNE accredits 9 nursing schools and the ACEN accredits 11 schools in Utah.
  • Typically, an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) will take between 18 to 24 months to complete, and a Bachelor Degree in Nursing (BSN) will take about 4 years to complete.
  • The average NCLEX passing rate range for ADN students in Utah is between 58.82% and 176.87%.
  • The average NCLEX passing rate range for BSN students in Utah is between 25.00% and 95.58%.
  • The average annual salary for registered nurses is between $52,080 to $111,220 a year.
  • Registered Nurses (RN) throughout the country and in Utah can expect a favorable job growth of 15 percent from 2016 to 2026 which much faster than the average for all occupations.

About Nursing Schools in Utah

Utah has had a nursing shortage for several years and has been working hard to fill the voids. Nursing schools have responded to the call by creating nursing programs with flexibility to meet the needs of busy, working adults.

Nursing is becoming one of the best career choices in Utah, especially during the current times. There are currently 23,690 Registered Nurses employed in Utah across all kinds of healthcare facilities. These nurses earn $71,353 on average, with the ones with more than 20 years of experience earning more than $92,000 annually. However, these figures are expected to go up exponentially as the state is projected to need 30,000 RNs by 2028, which means that the annual wage will also increase.

In addition, if you are planning to work in Utah as a Nurse Practitioner, you’d be happy to know that the 1,610 NPs working there are currently earning $158,890 on average annually. Also, the state is expected to need 590 NPs more by the year 2028, which means an average annual opening of 170 NPs. NPs in Utah have a Reduced Practice authority which means that the State practice and license laws reduce the ability of all NPs to engage in at least one element of NP practice. The NPs require career-long regulated collaborative agreements with another healthcare provider in order to provide patient care.

It is also good news that Utah is one of the many states that have implemented the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC). An eNLC allows nurses to work in the Nurse Licensure Compact states regardless of which state they obtained their license in. Therefore, if you are an RN or LPN currently holding a license in another Nurse License Compact state, then you will not need to obtain a separate license to work in Utah. However, this legislation currently doesn’t benefit the APRNs, so they will have to pass their licensure examination and obtain a license in Utah should they wish to practice here.

Utah has multiple high-ranking nursing schools that are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and highly-qualified instructors. These schools offer multiple courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels, leading up to PhD and DNP as well.

In our Utah RN program guide, find rankings for both ADN and BSN Degree programs, tuition costs, NCLEX passing rates, and more. Research key Utah RN Program information to help you compare program metrics and to apply to best RN program for your career in nursing.

In the State of Utah, nurses are helping to change the face of healthcare. To ensure that they have the best education and preparation for future health care challenges, registered nurses need to graduate from a state-approved associate's degree in nursing program or a BSN degree program.

Nurses who graduate from an RN program can obtain certification in over 100 nursing specialties, go on to earn an RN to BSN or RN to MSN degree.

BSN degree holders have options to earn an Advance Practice Register Nursing (APRN) degree and become a Nurse Practitioner (NP), or earn an advanced degree for a career in any number of nursing leadership roles such Nurse Educator or Clinical Nurse Specialist.

Utah RN Program Comparisons: ADN vs BSN

Compare RN Programs ADN BSN
Number of Nursing Programs 10 11
Average NCLEX Passing Rate 93.35% 83.36%
NCLEX Passing Rate Range 58.82% to 176.87% 25.00% to 95.58%

Nursing Programs Offered by Utah Nursing Schools

  • Registered Nursing: 15
  • Family Nurse Practitioner: 3
  • Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner: 1
  • Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner: 1
  • Adult Nurse Practitioner: 1
  • Adult Psychiatric - Mental Health Nurse Practitioner: 1
  • CNL: 1
  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner: 1
  • Nursing Administration: 1
  • Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing: 1
  • Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner: 1
  • Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner: 1
  • Women's Health Nurse Practitioner: 1

Utah Nursing Schools with the Most Degree Types

More of the Best RN Programs in Utah

Grade
University
Utah Rank
Degree
84.08 Utah State University 7 ADN
80.74 Snow College 9 ADN
58.82 Nightingale College 10 ADN
73.56 Provo College 8 BSN

Become an APRN in Utah

RNs who wish to become advanced practice registered nurses will want to pursue any number of avenues to earn Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree. Earning a Master of Science in Nursing consists of graduate-level coursework and clinical practice for those nurses who wish to direct patient roles such as a nurse practitioner. You can also pursue indirect patient roles such as teaching or leadership roles, or become involved in policy, state-wide health initiatives or community engagement. There are many clinical and non-clinical avenues that an RN with MSN can pursue.

Become a Nurse Practitioner (NP) in Utah

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Utah RN Licensing Requirements

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Utah State Board of Nursing
Heber M. Wells Building
160 East 300 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
(801) 530-6701

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