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.