Maria Murguia, Pathways Advisor for Nursing and Pre-med and Health Sciences

Hello! I am Maria Murguia, and I form one-half of the Nursing advising team. I serve students at the Taylorsville Campus. It is my pleasure to help you on your path toward achieving your goal of becoming a nurse. Hablo español.

Office: Redwood Campus, Student Center (STC), Room 240-M.
Phone: (801) 957-4857

Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 a.m -2:00 p.m.

Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m.
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Fridays: 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

E-MAIL and/or PHONE Advising: I can provide brief, general answers to many general questions, but for longer specific answers, please book an appointment.

I look forward to assisting you, and to help our visit go more smoothly please:

  • Be sure to bring a form of state or federally ID issued to the appointment.
    I cannot share information in your student records without verifying your identity

  • See outlines of the application criteria and requirements for SLCC Nursing programs at:

  • Make a list of your questions and bring them with you.

Nursing AAS FAQs:

  1. Is there a waiting list? No.
  2. Does admission to the SLCC Nursing program require special approval? Yes, students must first complete minimum pre-requisite requirements prior to submitting and application for acceptance. There is separate admissions process through Health Science Programs Admissions:
  3. Is the Nursing program accredited? Yes, we are fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) as well as the Utah State Board of Nursing (UBON). Additionally, SLCC is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).
  4. What program of study should I declare on my SLCC application for admissions? Students seeking to enter into the nursing program should select the Pre-med and Health Sciences AS degree option as their program of study. This degree includes the pre-requisite courses for Nursing and general education for transfer.
  5. What are the prerequisites for Nursing? The prerequisites for Nursing are science heavy, including courses in biology and chemistry. Please refer to the Nursing pre-admissions information handout (see link above for more details).
  6. What are the deadlines to apply? The program accepts applications every Fall and Spring semesters. It is recommended that students apply by the priority deadline to assure their application is reviewed. Visit the for more details.
  7. Is a pre-admissions exam required? Yes, the exam is called ATI TEAS. This exam can be taken up to 3 times per year and covers math, science, reading, and language usage. Applicants should perform the best they can on this exam, as it is an important criteria item for admission.
  8. How many students are accepted into the program? We accept about 80 students each Fall and Spring semester.
  9. How many students apply? More students apply than will be accepted. Given the competitive nature of the admissions process, students should academically perform to the best of their ability, especially in their prerequisite coursework.
  10. Do I have to complete a criminal background check? Yes, students need to complete this as part of the admissions process. The background check and additional items will be crucial for clinical placement and future licensing. If you have any questions about how this item may affect your licensing, please contact the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing at
  11. Is a drug screen required? Yes, in addition to a criminal background screening, applicants will also be required to go through a drug screening if accepted.
  12. Do I need a CNA certification to be admitted into the program? Yes, we require that applicants provide proof of CNA or MA training or certification. CNA training may be obtained through any State of Utah approved CNA training provider. See for more information. Other types of patient care trainings “may” be acceptable in substitution for CNA or MA training. (e.g., EMT, Phlebotomy, etc.).
  13. What is the Advanced Placement option? The advanced placement admissions option is for those applicants with an existing LPN license in good standing who have also completed all prerequisite coursework.
  14. How long does the program take to complete? Upon officially being admitted into the SLCC Nursing program, 4 semesters or (2) years of coursework will be required to complete the Nursing program. (Additional time to complete prerequisites will be needed prior to admission)
  15. Is there a licensing exam required? Yes. After completing of the Nursing program student apply for and complete the NCLEX exam to obtain their RN license.
  16. What will the schedule or time commitment be for Nursing courses? Students can usually expect to attended classes one full day per week, labs one full day per week, and clinical training one full day per week. Students should plan for study and assignments on the remaining days.
  17. What are the admissions requirements for a BSN degree? Each transfer school will have different criteria for admissions. As an advisor, I can help guide students toward the appropriate coursework required for transfer. However, it is each student’s responsibility to verify admissions requirements at their transfer school of choice.

*DISCLAIMER: These FAQs are not a substitution for academic advising. It is highly recommended that you meet regularly and in-person with an advisor to obtain the most current information regarding program requirements or to discuss the details of your particular situation.

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