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Public nursing schools receive substantial funding and administrative assistance from the government. They are an excellent option for individuals with tight financial budgets, since public nursing schools have lower tuition fees than their private counterparts. Public school students also benefit from using state-approved syllabi and methods of instruction. Utah’s public nursing schools offer prelicensure programs for all four nursing roles: certified nursing assistant (CNA), licensed practical nurse (LPN), registered nurse (RN), and advanced practice registered nurse (APRN).

There are two broad categories of public nursing schools in Utah. The state’s technology colleges require less than two years of fulltime study. They prepare students for junior nursing roles like CNA and LPN. The state’s public four-year colleges and universities focus their undergraduate nursing programs on RN licensure, including both associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) and bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) programs. Several also offer master of science in nursing (MSN) programs for aspiring APRNs.

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Regardless of nursing role, Utah’s public nursing school graduates can expect attractive employment prospects and substantial pay. For example, the state’s CNAs and LPNs earn approximately $22,600 and $40,300 per year, respectively. Registered nurses receive a median annual salary of almost $60,000. Utah’s APRNs earn substantially more, typically $80,000-125,000 depending upon field of specialization. Prospective employers including both private healthcare practices and public facilities such as the Department of Veterans Affairs.

To illustrate the breadth of options, we’ve compiled a complete list of Utah’s public nursing schools and programs. You’ll find them profiled below against each of the state’s major cities.

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Ogden

Davis Applied Technology College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Weber State University
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
Davis Applied Technology College Kaysville
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College Ogden
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Weber State University Ogden
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Provo / Orem area

Mountainland Applied Technology College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Utah Valley University
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
Mountainland Applied Technology College Lehi
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Utah Valley University Orem
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Salt Lake City

Salt Lake Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Tooele Applied Technology College
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
University of Utah
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
Salt Lake Community College West Jordan
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Tooele Applied Technology College Tooele
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
University of Utah Salt Lake City
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion

Other Utah cities

Bridgerland Applied Technology College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Dixie State University
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Snow College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Southern Utah University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Southwest Applied Technology Center
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Uintah Basin Applied Technology College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Utah State University
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School City Programs offered
Bridgerland Applied Technology College Logan
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Dixie State University Saint George
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Snow College Richfield
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Southern Utah University Cedar City
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Southwest Applied Technology Center Cedar City
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Uintah Basin Applied Technology College Roosevelt
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Utah State University Logan
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing