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Graduate Programs


Nursing (MS)

The Family Nurse Practitioner role emphasizes health promotion, health maintenance, prevention and detection of alterations in health through supportive interventions, counseling, and teaching of families and individuals. In addition, the Family Nurse Practitioner role includes aspects of illness care management that include diagnosis and management of common, chronic, and acute conditions. The practitioner acknowledges and recognizes limitations in the scope of practice, collaborates and consults with other health care providers. Family Nurse Practitioner practice is based on an epidemiological approach to health problems, an understanding of family and community systems, the management of resources and economics, and the use of appropriate technology.
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(801) 422-4142
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The graduate program, administered by the College of Nursing, prepares advanced practice nurses to: (1) Integrates scientific findings from nursing, biopsychosocial fields, genetics, public health, quality improvement, and organizational sciences for continual improvement of patient care across diverse settings; (2) Utilizes organizational and systems leadership to promote high quality and safe patient care; (3) Applies methods, tools, performance measures, and standards related to quality improvement and safety within organizations; (4) Participates as a change agent in translating and integrating scholarship and evidence into practice settings to optimize quality patient outcomes; (5) Utilizes patient-center and communication technologies to integrate, coordinate, deliver and enhance health care; (6) Intervenes at the system level through the policy development process and employing advocacy strategies to influence health and health care; (7) Participates, consults, communicates and collaborates as a member and leader of interprofessional teams to manage and coordinate care; (8) Applies and integrates broad organizational, client-centered, culturally appropriate concepts in planning, delivery, managing, and evaluating evidence-based clinical prevention and population care and services to individuals, families and aggregates/identified populations; (9) Provides competent evidence based advanced-practice nursing care as a family nurse practitioner to diverse individuals, families, and groups and manages health and illness across the continuum of care and across the lifespan; and (10) Provides care in a compassionate manner that respects, protects, and enhances spiritual integrity, human dignity, cultural diversity, and demonstrates the Healer’s art.

The College of Nursing is a member of the Council of Baccalaureate and Higher Degree Programs of the National League for Nursing, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, and the Western Council on Higher Education in Nursing. The program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and is also approved by the Utah State Board of Nursing.

The College of Nursing offers one degree in nursing, the Master of Science Family Nurse Practitioner degree.

Approximately thirty students are enrolled in the College of Nursing's graduate program. The program can be completed in approximately two to three years, although five years are allowed.

Dean:  Jane Lassetter
Graduate Coordinator:  Craig Nuttall

Resources & Opportunity:

Research Center. The college research center, available to faculty and graduate students, is equipped with computer stations and software supporting statistical quantitative data analyses and qualitative data management. The center has graphics capability and assists in the preparation of research reports, articles, and presentations.

Facilities. A graduate study room is available on the fourth floor of the Spencer W. Kimball Tower. The study room is equipped with computers and a printer. Four fully equipped physical assessment stations are found in the Nursing Learning Center. Clinical agencies in urban and rural Utah are settings for advanced practice nursing. Many of these institutions maintain continual clinical research programs and innovative management strategies appropriate for graduate students. Nurse practitioner clinics and rural practitioner sites also offer a challenging experience in becoming an independent practitioner.

Financial Assistance:

The College of Nursing actively seeks financial resources to assist students. Governmental funds are available, and RNs can usually find local part-time work. The university also has limited funds available. Students who need financial aid should contact the College of Nursing graduate coordinator. Also you can contact the University Financial Aids Office for financing options. College of Nursing research and teaching assistantships are also available.

Assistantships. Students must be registered and able to meet the skill and credit-hour requirements for the available teaching and research assistantships. For more information, students should meet with the college graduate coordinator.

Scholarships. Scholarships, awarded on the basis of GPA and need, are available to degree-seeking master’s students. Recipients must take at least 2 credit hours per semester to maintain the scholarship. They must also maintain at least a 3.0 GPA. See the college graduate coordinator or the graduate secretary for more information.