Nursing (Pre-Licensure), Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BS)


Program Description

Utah Tech University's Pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree prepares the graduate to practice as a generalist registered nurse for clients across the lifespan, while collaborating as a member of the healthcare team in a variety of settings. The BSN program prepares students to provide evidence-based, holistic, safe, quality care for culturally and spiritually diverse individuals, families, communities and populations. Program emphasis includes clinical nursing practice, hands-on experiences across the continuum of care, health promotion and maintenance, the use of innovative technologies and preparation for assuming leadership roles as a registered nurse.


After successful completion of the Pre-Licensure BSN Program, students are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN® exam and apply for licensure through the State Board of Nursing.   

Professional Licensure/Certification (PLC) Requirements

The curriculum for programs at Utah Tech University leading to professional licensure are designed to prepare students for Utah licensure and certification requirements. Admission into programs for professions requiring licensure and certification does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or certificate. Licensure and certification requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the University, and licensure and certification requirements can change at any time. 

Licensure boards in each state establish requirements for licensure and certification for their respective state. States vary by which professions are required to be licensed and how licensure functions, and such requirements may change at any time. The terms related to licensure and certification, among others, also vary by state as well.

Students and prospective students are strongly encouraged to contact the state licensure entity in the state where they intend to work to review all licensure and certification requirements imposed by the student’s state(s) of choice. The University cannot provide verification of a student’s ability to meet licensure or certification requirements unrelated to its educational programming. Some states require individuals to complete additional requirements that are unrelated to educational prerequisites. For more information, visit the State Authorization and Professional Licensure web page and select the program, or speak to the director of the program. 

Utah Tech University shall not be held liable if a student is unable to qualify for licensure or certification in any jurisdiction.

This disclosure is made pursuant to 34 CFR §668.43(a)(5)(v)(C).


The Utah Board of Nursing (BON) has approved Utah Tech's Nursing Programs as required.  The Nursing Programs are fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). 


3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326

Program Curriculum

120 credits

Utah Tech General Education Requirements

All Utah Tech General Education requirements must be fulfilled. A previously earned degree may fulfill those requirements, but courses must be equivalent to Utah Tech's minimum General Education standards in American Institutions, English, and Mathematics.

General Education Core Requirements
American Institutions3-6
Life Sciences 3-10
Physical Sciences3-5
Laboratory Science0-1
Fine Arts3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
Exploration 3-5

Program Prerequisites

A grade of C or higher in each pre-requisite course is required. However, the cumulative GPA for all pre-requisite courses is 3.0 or higher.

The following courses must be completed prior to beginning the BSN program.

BIOL 1200Human Biology (LS) (strongly recommended))3-4
or BIOL 1010 General Biology (LS)
or BIOL 1610 Principles of Biology I (LS)
BIOL 2320Human Anatomy 13
BIOL 2420Human Physiology 13
CHEM 1150Integrated Chemistry for Health Sciences (PS) 14
or CHEM 1110 Elementary General/Organic Chemistry (PS)
ENGL 1010Introduction to Writing (EN)3
or ENGL 1010D Introduction to Writing (EN)
ENGL 2010Interm Writing Selected Topics: (EN)3
FSHD 1020Sci Foundations of Nutrition (LS)3
FSHD 1500Human Development Lifespan (SS, GC)3
or PSY 1100 Human Development Through Lifespan (SS, GC)
NURS 3900Pathophysiology3

Program Requirements

NURS 3005Foundations of Clinical Nursing Care I1
NURS 3050Pharmacology3
NURS 3210Health Assessment2
NURS 3215Health Assessment Lab1
NURS 3320Care of Patients Across the Lifespan I6
NURS 3321Care of Patients Across the Lifespan I Clinical (ALCS)1.5
NURS 3323Care of the Patients Across the Lifespan I Simulation0.5
NURS 3505Foundations of Clinical Nursing Care II1
NURS 3650Evidence Based Practice and Research Methods3
NURS 3710Foundations of Professional Nursing2
NURS 3820Care of Patients Across the Lifespan II6
NURS 3821Care of Patients Across the Lifespan II Clinical (ALCS)2.5
NURS 3823Care of Patients Across the Lifespan II Simulation0.5
NURS 4010Care of Patients Across the Lifespan III6
NURS 4011Care of Patients Across the Lifespan III Clinical (ALCS)2.5
NURS 4013Care of Patients Across the Lifespan III Simulation0.5
NURS 4300Community/Global Health Nursing 4
NURS 4301Community/Global Health Nursing Clinical (ALCS)2
NURS 4500Contemporary Nursing3
NURS 4700Leadership and Management Capstone4
NURS 4701Leadership and Management Capstone Clinical (ALCS)2.5
NURS 4703Leadership and Management Capstone Simulation0.5
NURS 4750Concept Synthesis5

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete a minimum of 120 college-level credits (1000 and above).
  2. Complete at least 40 upper-division credits (3000 and above).
  3. Compete at least 30 upper-division credits at Utah Tech for institutional residency.
  4. Cumulative GPA 2.0 or higher.
  5. Grade C or higher in each Program Requirement course.

Graduation Plan

1st Year
Fall SemesterHoursSpring SemesterHours
BIOL 1200, 1010, or 1610 and 16153-5ENGL 20103
ENGL 10103BIOL 2320
BIOL 2325
FSHD 1500 or PSY 11003General Education (Fine Arts)3
First Year Recommended Elective2General Education (Mathematics)4
Elective (MATH 0980 or MATH 1010 if needed)3Elective1
 14-16 16
2nd Year
Fall SemesterHoursSpring SemesterHours
BIOL 2420
BIOL 2425
4FSHD 10203
Elective (CNA - NURS 1005/1007) Highly recommended if certification as a CNA still needs to be obtained.4NURS 3900 or BIOL 44003
CHEM 1150
CHEM 1155
5General Education (Literature/Humanities)3
Elective2General Education (American Institutions)3
 15 15
3rd Year
Fall SemesterHoursSpring SemesterHours
NURS 30051NURS 35051
NURS 30503NURS 36503
NURS 32102NURS 37102
NURS 32151NURS 38206
NURS 33206NURS 38212.5
NURS 33211.5NURS 38230.5
NURS 33230.5 
 15 15
4th Year
Fall SemesterHoursSpring SemesterHours
NURS 40106NURS 45003
NURS 40112.5NURS 47004
NURS 40130.5NURS 47012.5
NURS 43004NURS 47030.5
NURS 43012NURS 47505
 15 15
Total Hours 120-122

Nursing Program Learning Outcomes

At the successful conclusion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Analyze and evaluate data to demonstrate the ability to provide high quality direct and indirect care for patients 
  2. Integrate reliable evidence from multiple perspectives in order to demonstrate clinical reasoning/judgement.
  3. Develop and maintain therapeutic interactions with a variety of clients and inter-professional team members.
  4. Facilitate culturally sensitive holistic nursing care while protecting and promoting human dignity and diversity.
  5. Comply with legal and ethical standards of nursing practice through application of leadership, skills, and clinical judgment.