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An associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) program provides a streamlined path to initial licensure as a registered nurse (RN). RNs comprise the majority of Utah’s nursing workforce. Their responsibilities include independently administering healthcare activities and supervising the work of junior nurses, like licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and certified nursing assistants (CNAs).

ADN programs require about two years of study to complete. This is a significantly shorter time to RN licensure than Utah’s other pathway, a four-year bachelor of science in nursing (BSN). ADN programs place primary emphasis on clinical skills and nursing knowledge. At the conclusion of their studies, all graduates must pass the NCLEX-RN national licensure examination. Utah has over a dozen accredited ADN programs, offered at a healthy mix of public schools like Utah State University and private institutions like Eagle Gate College. Many of these programs boast flexible class schedules, including the opportunity for evening or weekend learning.

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Successful ADN graduates will enter a robust and high-paying job market. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Utah’s 18,000 registered nurses earn a median annual salary of $59,040. In major metropolitan areas like Salt Lake City, the median pay jumps to $61,050 per annum. The state has both private and public nursing employers, including government agencies like the Department of Veterans Affairs.

To map out all the options, we’ve listed below the Utah nursing schools that offer accredited ADN programs. You can find them grouped by city and ordered by their students’ NCLEX test scores.

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Ogden

Weber State University
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Nightingale College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 81.4% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
Stevens-Henager College - Ogden
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 80.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Weber State University
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.7% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Nightingale College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 81.4% 2012 to Q1-2 2013
Stevens-Henager College - Ogden
Associate's Degree in Nursing 80.6% 2009 to Q1-2 2013

Provo / Orem area

Utah Valley University
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Provo College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Utah Valley University
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.7% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Provo College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.0% 2009 to Q1-2 2013

Salt Lake City

Ameritech College of Healthcare
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Salt Lake Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Fortis College - Salt Lake City
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 81.0% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
Eagle Gate College - Salt Lake City
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 74.1% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Ameritech College of Healthcare
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.1% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Salt Lake Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.2% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Fortis College - Salt Lake City
Associate's Degree in Nursing 81.0% 2012 to Q1-2 2013
Eagle Gate College - Salt Lake City
Associate's Degree in Nursing 74.1% 2012 to Q1-2 2013

Other Utah cities

Dixie State University
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Utah State University
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 73.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Snow College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Dixie State University
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.9% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Utah State University
Associate's Degree in Nursing 73.6% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Snow College
Associate's Degree in Nursing