Utah Nurse Practitioner Certification
The Utah Board of Nursing regulates NPs in the state of Utah and determines certification status. In Utah, NPs are referred to as APRNs. Other APRNs include CNS, nurse anesthetists, and nurse–midwives.
Utah NPs may diagnose patients and treat those who have already been diagnosed. They may provide care from the outset of illness, including comprehensive care; take medical histories; provide physical exams; order labs and other diagnostic tests and procedures; interpret diagnostic tests; treat patients; and establish management plans for caring for patients with acute and chronic illnesses or diseases. Utah NPs may prescribe medications, providing that they have met additional requirements.
In order to become a nurse practitioner in Utah, you must hold a current Utah RN license in good standing or be qualified for a Utah RN license. In addition, you must complete a program designated to prepare an APN. Your program must be in an area of specialty and must lead to a minimum of a master’s degree in nursing. Your degree coursework must include classes in advanced health assessment, diagnosis and treatment, and pharmacotherapeutics.
Some schools in Utah that offer programs approved by the Utah Board of Nursing include: University of Utah, Brigham Young University, and Westminster College. You may also choose to complete your studies online, which is helpful, especially in a state such as Utah that is largely rural. An internet-based nursing program provides nurses with the flexibility of time and location needed to continue to work and handle other life responsibilities while furthering their education. Some accredited online programs are provided by: Graceland University, Philadelphia University, Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing, Liberty University, and South University. Contact the Utah Board of Nursing to find out which online programs are approved in the state.
After you have completed your advanced practicing nursing program and received your master’s degree or post-master’s certificate, you will be eligible to take an exam with a national professional nurse certifying body. Your exam must be taken in your chosen area of specialty and must be offered by a certifying body approved by the Utah Board of Nursing.
If you wish to prescribe medications, you must submit a separate application for a controlled substance license. You must hold a Utah Controlled Substance license and be registered with the DEA in order to administer, possess, or prescribe a controlled substance in your practice of nursing in Utah.
Nurse practitioners in Utah earn an average of $74,000 per year. The salary rates may vary based on experience, specialization, location, facility, education, and other factors.
Last Updated: 05/19/2014