We've organized a comprehensive list of Utah nursing schools. Below you'll find information on specific nursing programs such as LPN certificates and ADN, BSN, and MSN degrees. You'll also find a profile of nursing education and careers in each major Utah city.

Utah is home to over 30,000 licensed nurses. This includes a healthy mix of professionals at all levels, including 10,000 certified nursing assistants (CNAs), 2,300 licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and more than 18,000 registered nurses (RNs). These numbers will expand rapidly as the Affordable Care Act is fully implemented and the Baby Boomer generation reaches retirement age.

Private nursing schools are funded primarily by students, alumni, and private organizations. They receive no direct financial support from the state government. Private school students are often willing to pay a premium for their education, since these schools offer enhanced prestige, lower student-to-teacher ratios, and a more personalized learning environment. Utah’s private nursing schools offer prelicensure programs for two roles: registered nurse (RN) and advanced practice registered nurse (APRN).

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).

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.

Four-year colleges and universities focus their educational resources on baccalaureate programs of study. Most nursing candidates at these schools will therefore pursue a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree, which prepares them to practice as registered nurses (RNs). RNs are professional nurses who provide direct bedside care for patients and often manage the activities of more junior nurses. BSN programs entail many hours of classroom study and clinical experience.

Utah’s aspiring nurses can pursue one of four distinct nursing roles: certified nursing assistant (CNA), licensed practical nurse (LPN), registered nurse (RN), or advanced practice registered nurse (APRN). Each role carries a unique mix of job responsibilities, educational requirements, and compensation. Utah is home to over 30 accredited nursing schools, so regardless of role, students can select from a breadth of quality nursing programs.