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Master of science in nursing (MSN) degree programs enable Utah’s existing registered nurses (RNs) to enter specialized fields like family practice nursing, nursing education, and nursing administration. Upon completion of their studies, many MSN candidates earn an advanced practice registered nursing (APRN) title like nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, or nurse anesthetist.

MSN programs typically require one to three years of fulltime study. At least half a dozen of Utah’s colleges and universities offer the MSN degree. Several of the state’s public universities offer a traditional MSN program, including Utah Valley University, University of Utah, and Weber State University. Westminster College, a private college in Salt Lake City, offers a range of MSN specializations that include nursing administration, nurse anesthesia, and family practice nursing. Brigham Young University also offers a highly regarded MSN specialization in family practice nursing.

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Utah’s APRNs enjoy significant career autonomy and very attractive pay. The state’s 1,600 nurse practitioners form the bulk of the APRN workforce, earning a median annual salary of $90,000. Utah’s nurse midwives also receive substantial pay, averaging $80,000 per year. Of the state’s APRN roles, nurse anesthetists earn the most: their median annual salary is $125,000, and the top quartile earns more than $180,000 per year. Compare any of these figures with a median RN salary of under $60,000, and you’ll quickly see the MSN degree’s substantial return on investment.

To help Utah’s nurses advance their careers, we’ve profiled below the state’s best MSN programs.

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Ogden

Weber State University
3848 Harrison Boulevard | Ogden, Utah 84408
  • Master of Science in Nursing
School Address Programs offered
Weber State University 3848 Harrison Boulevard
Ogden, Utah 84408
  • Master of Science in Nursing

Provo / Orem area

Brigham Young University
150 East Bulldog Boulevard | Provo, Utah 84602
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Utah Valley University
800 West University Parkway | Orem, Utah 84058
  • Master of Science in Nursing
School Address Programs offered
Brigham Young University 150 East Bulldog Boulevard
Provo, Utah 84602
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Utah Valley University 800 West University Parkway
Orem, Utah 84058
  • Master of Science in Nursing

Salt Lake City

University of Utah
201 Presidents Circle, Suite 203 | Salt Lake City, Utah 84112
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Westminster College
1840 South 1300 East | Salt Lake City, Utah 84105
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
  • Master of Science in Nursing
School Address Programs offered
University of Utah 201 Presidents Circle, Suite 203
Salt Lake City, Utah 84112
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Westminster College 1840 South 1300 East
Salt Lake City, Utah 84105
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
  • Master of Science in Nursing