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Vocational, career, and community colleges are a good option for nursing students who wish to join the workforce quickly. These schools offer programs of study that are laser-targeted on preparing students for initial nursing licensure. Utah has a dozen such vocational schools, including a healthy mix of public technology colleges and private career colleges.

Vocational schools provide nursing programs that prepare students for initial licensure as either a licensed practical nurse (LPN) or a registered nurse (RN). Aspiring LPNs must complete a 12- to 18-month certificate program and successfully pass the NCLEX-PN licensure exam. Utah has a broad network of technology colleges with LPN programs, including Bridgerland Applied Technology College in Logan and Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College in Ogden. Aspiring RNs can complete a two-year associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) program to prepare for the NCLEX-RN licensure exam. Several of Utah’s private career colleges offer this program, including Provo College, Nightingale College, and AmeriTech College.

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Utah’s LPNs and RNs can expect a healthy job market and very competitive pay. The state’s LPNs earn a median annual salary of over $40,000, while registered nurses earn almost $60,000 on average. This pay typically increases by several thousand dollars in large metropolitan areas like Salt Lake City. One of Utah’s major nursing employers is the federal government’s Department of Veterans Affairs. The state also has a broad network of private healthcare providers that hire nurses through staffing agencies like MedPro Staffing and Favorite Healthcare Staffing.

To clarify all the options, we’ve compiled a thorough list of Utah’s vocational, career, and community colleges for nursing. You’ll find them organized below by major metropolitan area.

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Ogden

Davis Applied Technology College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Nightingale College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School City Programs offered
Davis Applied Technology College Kaysville
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Nightingale College Ogden
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College Ogden
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Provo / Orem area

Mountainland Applied Technology College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Provo College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
School City Programs offered
Mountainland Applied Technology College Lehi
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Provo College Provo
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing

Salt Lake City

Fortis College - Salt Lake City
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Salt Lake Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Tooele Applied Technology College
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School City Programs offered
Fortis College - Salt Lake City Salt Lake City
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Salt Lake Community College West Jordan
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Tooele Applied Technology College Tooele
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Other Utah cities

Bridgerland Applied Technology College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Southwest Applied Technology Center
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Uintah Basin Applied Technology College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School City Programs offered
Bridgerland Applied Technology College Logan
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Southwest Applied Technology Center Cedar City
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Uintah Basin Applied Technology College Roosevelt
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate