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Nursing: AAS

Department: Nursing and Health Professions
College: Emma Eccles Jones College of Education & Human Services


What does NURSING mean?

“Care, support, nourish, foster, bring up, advise, educate.”

What is the scope of nursing?

  • Care of the sick
  • Prevention of illness
  • Health education
  • Health promotion

In the USU Nursing Program, nursing theory is correlated with knowledge from the biological, physical, and the behavioral sciences. NANDA (North American Nursing Diagnosis Association) domains and nursing diagnoses are used to plan and implement nursing care during clinical experiences acute care hospitals, extended care facilities, clinics, home and other health related environments. The Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN) and is approved by the Utah State Board of Nursing.

Students have two options in nursing education. Students can attend a one year program to obtain a Certificate of Completion in Practical Nursing for LPN licensure*, and enter the job market; or if they are interested and qualified, can obtain an Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS) in Nursing for RN licensure. Currently licensed LPNs who choose to continue their nursing education can also apply for entrance into the associate degree program. Enrollment is limited and competitive.

*Only available on the Price and Blanding Campuses. In the Uintah Basin, Practical Nursing is offered by UBATC.

  • AAS - , Blanding (USU Eastern), Moab, Price (USU Eastern), Vernal (Uintah Basin)

Whether an LPN or RN, a nurse is able to choose a variety of areas in which to work:

  • pediatrics
  • maternity
  • surgical
  • psychiatric
  • medical
  • geriatrics
  • home health
  • public health
  • industrial
  • teaching
  • research

Admissions Requirements

Admission to the Nursing Program is a separate process from admission to the University. Enrollment is limited and competitive. Points are allocated based on GPA, references, work experience, awards, and entrance exam results. Candidates will be notified by mail of admission status. An application for admission is in effect for only one year. Applications are available the first week of spring semester each year*.

Students applying to the AAS program must hold a current Utah LPN license. A minimum grade of B- is required for each class.

Support Courses:

  • BIOL 2320 - Human Anatomy
  • BIOL 2420 - Human Physiology (Must be taken within 5 years of entrance into the Practical Nursing Program)
  • CHEM 1010 - Introduction to Chemistry (BPS) or CHEM 1110 - General Chemistry I (BPS)
  • CHEM 1115 - General Chemistry I Laboratory
  • ENGL 1010 - Introduction to Writing: Academic Prose (CL1)
  • FCHD 1500 - Human Development Across the Lifespan (BSS)
  • STAT 1040 - Introduction to Statistics (QL) or STAT 1045 - Introduction to Statistics with Elements of Algebra (QL)


Kristen Christensen
USU Nursing Program-Blanding
Phone: (435) 678-8136

Lesa Minnick
USU Nursing Program-Uintah Basin
Phone: (435) 722-1746

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Advising Price
Office: JLSC 200
Phone: (435) 613-5207

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