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Nursing: AAS


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 AAS Nursing Program, nursing theory is correlated with knowledge from the biological, physical, and behavioral sciences, as well as experiences in the classroom. Students learn in nursing skills laboratory and clinical settings, such as acute care hospitals, extended care facilities, ambulatory clinics, home care 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 three options in nursing education at USU. Students can attend a one-year program to obtain a Certificate of Completion in Practical Nursing, that if successfully completed, allows students to apply 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, that if successfully completed, allows them to apply for RN licensure. Currently, licensed LPNs who choose to continue their nursing education can also apply for entrance into the associate degree program. Students also may attend a four-year Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing (BSN) pre-licensure program**, that prepares them for eligibility to apply for RN licensure.  Enrollment in the three programs is limited and competitive.

*Only available on the Blanding, Moab and Price campuses. In Tooele and Uintah Basin, Practical Nursing is offered through the Tooele and Uintah Basin Technical Colleges.

**Only available on the Logan campus and for students without previous nursing LPN or RN credentials.

Through this two year program, students can obtain an Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS) in Nursing, that if successfully completed, allows them to apply for RN licensure and enter the job market. Enrollment is limited and competitive.

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

Admission 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.

For a list of support courses, please visit the General Catalog.



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Shanda Thompson
Academic Advising - Moab
Office: Moab campus
Phone: (435) 797-8463

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Teresa Lemmon
Office: Tooele Campus
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Tauna Allan
Academic Advising - Uintah Basin
Office: Vernal Campus, Room 138-A
Phone: (435) 722-1756

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Academic Advising - Price
Office: One Stop Student Services
Phone: (435) 613-5207

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Renee Palmer
Academic Advising - Blanding
Office: HSL 104
Phone: (435) 678-8124

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