The University of Utah College of Nursing has a community of scholars that are engaged in several funded research programs on a diverse range of healthcare issues, which includes cancer symptom management, quality of life, hospice and palliative care. There are several other schools offering nursing research programs, and you can contact them all directly from our site to learn more about your options.
Many of the Utah’s strongest nursing leaders had been brought together by the Utah Action Coalition for Health to improve the quality of health care, access and affordability in the state. Utah has several state-supported schools, two long-standing private universities and several new proprietary programs with research nursing options. There are graduate and PhD programs available if you would like to become a Clinical Research Associate.
The Utah Action Coalition for Health is increasingly focused on improving education level of nurses by providing residency training, removing barriers in practice and care, developing leadership opportunities, and designing new models of community-based care- all of which depend upon nursing research as a guide.
Utah does not require a special license for Clinical Nurse Researchers; however, there is a Society of Clinical Research Associates that offers a certification program. In addition, Utah’s Nurses Association is very popular and offers multiple scholarships to nursing students. This may be the perfect time for you to advance your nursing career by getting a graduate degree in research.
As you look to enter a graduate degree program, you will want to ensure that you meet the admission requirements. Typically, you should meet all of the following criteria:
- GPA of 3.2 or better
- Current RN license
- MCAT with a minimum 123 score
- Community work through volunteer services
- Minimum of three months of leadership
Utah Universities have both Master’s and PhD programs for nurses that want to work in research. Some of the common courses you may take in your graduate nursing research curriculum may include:
- Evidence Based Practice I
- Introduction to Information and Information Tech
- Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics Across the Lifespan
- Advance Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan
- Professional Role and Collaboration
- Care Management: Clinical Issues
- Mentoring & Precepting: Theory & Practice
- Advanced Physical Assessment & Health Promotion Across the Lifespan
- Care Management Practicum for Individuals
- Quality Improvement in Health Care
- Approved Elective
- US Health Care: Systems & Policy
- Care Management: Professional, Legal, Financial & Business Issues
- Care Management Practicum for Populations
- Masters Synthesis
Following graduation you may have the option to gain a research certification from SOCRA, which has developed the Certified Clinical Research Professional Certification program. If you are a member of the society, the cost is $395, but non-members must pay $450.
If you need financial assistance for your education, complete a FAFSA application as it is a federal funding program that awards grants and loans based on your income. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing also has a webpage that lists numerous scholarships and financial assistance for students. The University of Utah also has numerous scholarships available.
Nurse researchers in Utah may find employment at universities, and laboratories and in hospitals. For instance, the University of Utah is currently researching gerontology issues. Nursing research can be an exciting career as it provides healthcare with the scientific basis for their practice. You may work with acute or chronic illnesses, prevention or on several societal issues.
According to O*Net Online in 2013, Utah Clinical Nurse Researchers earned an annual income of $120,050. Returning to college to get your graduate degree that focuses on research may open new opportunities in your career, and it will also help the nursing profession as a whole.
Contact the schools on this page to request program information, along with details about costs and curriculum.