Utah is the 13th largest state and the third highest – with an average elevation of 6,100 feet. The state also has a high birth rate and a growing population. In fact, many cities in Utah are experiencing substantial growth. As a result, health care professionals such as nurse practitioners are needed to care for the growing population. Utah offers future nurse practitioners various options for pursuing an advanced nursing degree. Students can take courses online or on campus in order to obtain the necessary credentials to practice in the state.
Students can become licensed in one of the following specialties in Utah:
- Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)
- Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Controlled Substance
- Advanced Practice Registered Nurse without Prescriptive Practice
- Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Intern without Prescriptive Practice
- Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
- Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist Controlled Substance
Nursing Licensure in Utah
The Utah State Board of Nursing is a state agency located in Salt Lake City. The Board functions under the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL) in Utah State and serves “two primary functions: licensing and investigations.” The Board’s licensing services include setting minimum standards for nursing practice and nursing education. The investigations committee is responsible for determining unlawful or unprofessional practice “within its regulated occupations and profession.” To work as a nurse in Utah, you must fulfill the following eligibility requirements:
- Submit a completed and signed application.
- Submit three applicant fingerprint cards used by DOPL for a search through the files of the Bureau of Criminal Identification (BCI) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). See “Additional Important Information.”
- Submit official transcripts documenting at least a master’s degree in nursing which must also document the completion of coursework in advanced health assessment, diagnosis and treatment, and pharmacotherapeutics.
- Submit official documentation of passing an approved certification examination.
It’s important to note that each state licenses advanced practice nurses differently. Your area of specialty will determine what steps are required to maintain your eligibility.
Average Nursing Salaries in Utah
All salary data is as of May 2011.
According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean salary for registered nurses in Utah is $61,540, which is just under $8,000 lower than the national average salary for RNs. However, higher salaries were reported in larger cities such as Salt Lake and Ogden City. The table below shows the number of RN jobs and the average salaries for the U.S. and Utah in comparison to the five largest metropolitan areas within the state.
|Area||Registered Nurses||Average Salary|
|Salt Lake City, UT||10,000||$62,490|
|St. George, UT||1,010||$60,850|