Application Deadlines
Fall:March 1
Contact Information: 
400 KMBL
Program Requirements: 

The master's of science degree program emphasizes clinical expertise and includes nursing theories and concepts as well as extensive clinical experience. Practice based on the best evidence is an important component of the program, and students are required to write a thesis, develop an innovative clinical project, or complete a scholarly evidence-based paper of a relevant clinical problem.  

Requirements for Degree.

  • Credit hours:
    60-63 (depending on culminating writing experience selection): minimum 54-57 course work hours plus 6 thesis (Nurs 699R) or project (Nurs 698R) hours; or a scholarly evidence-based paper (Nurs 623, 631).
  • Required courses:
    Nurs 555, 600, 601, 603, 605, 606, 607, 608, 609, 619, 621, 622, 624, 625, 626, 628, 630, 632, 635R; 698R or 699R; or 623 and 631.
  • Electives: determined in consultation with graduate committee.
  • Thesis/Project or a scholarly evidence-based paper.
  • Examination: oral defense of thesis or project.
Admission Requirements: 

Required Test

GRE - All scores (Verbal, Quantitative, and Writing) must be submitted to the University before the March 1st deadline.  Test scores usually take 2-3 weeks to be processed and submitted.

Additional Requirements

  1. Completion of a baccalaureate degree in nursing from a school with national nursing professional accreditation (e.g. CCNE, ACEN, CNEA).
  2. Current R.N. licensure in Utah in good standing.
  3. Completion of a basic undergraduate statistics course.
  4. Completion of a college level pathophysiology course.
  5. A minimum GPA of 3.0 or better.  The GPA will be calculated using the cumulative GPA of the applicant’s undergraduate program.
  6. Three letters of recommendation from employers and former teachers.  (Preference is given to current employers).
  7. Statement of applicant’s purposes and goals for graduate education.
  8. Acceptance by the Graduate School of the University.
  9. Completion of an impromptu writing experience.

After the application deadline, select applicants will be invited for a personal interview.

Acceptance into the graduate Master’s Family Nurse Practitioner Program is highly competitive and with a limited number of openings each year.  Approximately 15 students are admitted each year.  All students who meet the minimum requirements will be considered but due to limited enrollment acceptance is not guaranteed.  There may be an initial screening of applicants resulting in some students not being interviewed.

Applicants are evaluated on a variety of criteria using a point system that measures the level of performance on criteria such as GPA, GRE, letters of recommendation, interview, and the impromptu writing experience.  Also, the professional judgment of the admissions committee will be used in selecting the candidates to be accepted into the Family Nurse Practitioner Program.

International Student Information

For an international student to be admitted, the following criteria needs to be met in order to qualify for the program in addition to the standard requirements:

  1. Have an RN License in the State of Utah in good standing (Need to pass the NCLEX test and can apply for a Utah nursing license at
  2. Complete a credential evaluation that provides a transcript and verification of the equivalent of a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing (i.e. Commission of Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools {CGFNS}). 
  3. English as Second Language (ELS) students need to take an English Proficiency Test (such as TOEFL or E3PT).  Minimum score requirements are listed on the Graduate Studies website
Program Outcomes: 

Please contact the individual department for outcome information.