Welcome to the WSU Nurse Re-Entry Program!
The purpose of this program is to provide comprehensive theory and clinical experience to support your successful re-entry into the practice of nursing.
The WSU Practical and Registered Nurse Re-entry Programs have been approved by the Utah State Board of Nursing and the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing. The theory content and supervised clinical practicum hours are based on the length of time you have been out of practice, your level of comfort with the theory concepts, and recommendations from the state board.
According to the August 25, 2008 Utah Nurse Practice Rules, a nurse whose license has lapsed may reactivate the license under the following conditions:
If the license has been inactive for more than five (5) years but less than 8 years, the nurse must pass the required examination (PN- or RN-NCLEX or "State Boards") or successfully complete an approved re-entry program;
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If the license has been inactive for 8 - 10 years, the nurse must pass the required examination (PN- or RN-NCLEX or "State Boards") AND successfully complete an approved re-entry program.
Utah Nurse Practice Rules (R156-31b-306. Inactive Licensure, Reinstatement or Relicensure
(3)d - an individual who has not practiced as a nurse for more than 10 years shall repeat an approved nursing education program and pass the required examinations as defined in Section R156-31b-302c within six months prior to making application for licensure.
The Nurse Re-entry Program is comprised of four components:
- Theory: Your online theory units will be delivered through the WSU Online Department. You will be assigned a "live" nursing faculty member to support your completion and success of the theory component of this program. Please see "Instructor's Office" for details and contact information.
- Skills Refresher Lab: The Skills Lab will consist 8-10 hours in one or two day practice sessions. The skills lab is designed to assist you in reviewing and updating the psychomotor skills that are essential to current practice.
- Supervised Clinical Practicum: The supervised clinical practicum will assist you in renewing the organizational and problem-solving skills necessary for competent and safe nursing practice. The Program Clinical Coordinator will assign you to work side-by-side with a registered nurse. The practicum hours you will be required to complete is based upon the number of years that you have been unlicensed: 5-8 years=84 clock hours; 8-10 years=168 clock hours
- PN or RN-Predictor Examination: Upon completion of the Theory, Skills Refresher Lab, and Supervised Clinical Practicum components, you will be required to successfully pass a nationally standardized predictor examination.
New students begin on the first day of each month. For example, if you register on October 2, your coursework will begin on November 1.
To register for this course, contact WSU Continuing Education (see contact information on the right).
The following links will provide you with information about different parts of the program:
- Evaluation of Students and Program Effectiveness
- Timeline for Completion
- Costs and Requirements
- Program Registration
If you have further questions, you may contact program administrator Rob Holt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to helping you get back into the field of nursing!