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Registered nurses (RNs) form the backbone of the country’s healthcare industry, with an estimated 2.7 million RNs employed nationwide. They perform a broad range of medical tasks, such as conducting diagnostic tests, administering treatments and medications, operating medical equipment, and establishing patient care plans. RNs also frequently supervise teams of more junior nurses, including licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and certified nursing assistants (CNAs).

Utah’s nursing schools offer two types of RN prelicensure programs: a two-year associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) and a four-year bachelor of science in nursing (BSN). The state has roughly twenty RN prelicensure programs in total. These are offered by a broad mix of private institutions, like Brigham Young University and Stevens-Henager College, as well as public schools, like University of Utah and Weber State University. Regardless of school or degree pathway, all RN candidates must pass the NCLEX-RN national examination upon completion of their studies in order to gain licensure.

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Utah’s RNs enjoy strong employment prospects and attractive compensation. There are over 18,000 registered nurses currently employed in Utah, earning a median annual salary of $59,000. BSN-educated nurses often earn top-quartile pay of $69,000 or more per year. Both of these figures increase by roughly $2,000 per annum in large metropolitan areas like Salt Lake City. The federal government’s Department of Veterans Affairs is one of the largest employers of Utah’s RNs, with frequent job openings at its local branches.

To provide a complete picture for the state’s aspiring nurses, we’ve listed below all of Utah’s prelicensure RN programs. You’ll find them grouped by major city and organized by their students’ recent 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

Brigham Young University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 96.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
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
Brigham Young University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 96.7% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
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

Roseman University of Health Sciences - South Jordan
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-2 2013)
Western Governors University - Salt Lake City
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-2 2013 through Q1-2 2013)
University of Utah
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 93.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
  • Direct Entry MSN
Westminster College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 91.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
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
Roseman University of Health Sciences - South Jordan
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 100.0% 2011 to Q1-2 2013
Western Governors University - Salt Lake City
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 100.0% Q1-2 2013 to Q1-2 2013
University of Utah
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 93.7% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Direct Entry MSN
Westminster College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 91.4% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
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

Southern Utah University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 93.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
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
Southern Utah University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 93.8% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
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