Become a Registered Nurse in Utah - UT
How to Become an RN in Utah
Within three years of receiving your nursing diploma online or through one of Utah’s RN programs, you should sit for the RN exam for the Utah Board of Nursing. If not (or if you fail the test four times), you will have to go back to school and finish another nursing program.
Qualifying to sit for the RN exam will require you to undergo a criminal background check, submit an application and fee to the state, and await their approval of your application.
The test itself is the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN), administered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. States complying with the NURSYS compact agree to honor each other’s licensing standards, because they are similar. Standardizing with the NCLEX-RN test is one way states like Utah ensure that each others’ RN requirements are equivalent.
The computer-based test asks up to 256 questions and can take up to five hours. Your test may be as short as 75 questions, however, depending on the accuracy of your answers early in the test.
If you are already licensed as an RN in another state, you can submit an application, the appropriate fee and verification of the other state’s license, which must come directly from that state’s Board of Nursing. You cannot submit a copy of your current license.
The interstate compact to which Utah belongs allows you to practice nursing in Utah as long as you are licensed in the state in which you reside. So, for example, if you live in Fredonia, AZ but cross the border to work in Kanab, you don’t need a Utah license. If you move to Utah, though, you must apply for a state license.
The Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing says that nationally, between 13 and 16 percent of nurses practice in multiple states.
Utah Organizations for Registered Nurses
Utah Nurses Association (UNA)
Utah Nurses Association
4505 S Wasatch Blvd Suite 135
Salt Lake City, UT 84124