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Practical Nursing Certificate: CC

Department: Nursing and Health Professions
College: Emma Eccles Jones College of Education & Human Services

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 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.

Through this one year program, students can obtain a Certificate of Completion in Practical Nursing, that if successfully completed allows them to apply for LPN licensure* and enter the job market; or if they are interested and qualified, they can obtain an Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS) in Nursing, that if successfully completed, qualifies 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. Enrollment 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.

Differential Tuition

The Emma Eccles Jones College of Education & Human Services may charge differential tuition for this program. Differential tuition is an added cost per credit for courses in the program. See the last page in the USU Tuition & Fee schedule for more information.

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

Select degrees and programs are not available at all Utah State University locations. Please contact a Statewide Campuses advisor to verify program availability.
Online classes are not available to USU F-1 and J-1 sponsored students. International students sponsored by USU on a F-1 visa can study at Logan or Price campus and must register for face-to-face classes. International students sponsored by USU on a J-1 visa can study at Logan campus and must register for face-to-face classes.

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Locations Offered

Blanding Moab
USU Eastern (Price)