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MountainStar StaRN Apprenticeship
for New Graduate Registered Nurses

We invite new and soon-to-be graduates to apply for our StarRN New Graduate program! This is a 14-17 week program that begins every January, June and September featuring didactic and clinical training. You will have the opportunity to receive specialized training in a specific unit which may include ICU, Progressive Care, Medical/Surgical, Behavioral Health and Emergency Room. The program allows new graduates to obtain acute care nursing experience through an intensive internship program, and at successful program completion, you will be a full-time hospital employee with specialty training, established relationships and familiarity with our values and culture.

Benefits of the MountainStar StaRN program

  • Paid, hands-on training and preceptorship from exceptional nurses
  • Position within MountainStar network with completion of program
  • Benefit eligible after successful completion of the program
  • Customized coaching/onboarding report for clinical preceptorship
  • Over 60 hours of high-fidelity simulation
  • Access to AACN Essentials of Critical Care Core curriculum
  • Free access to Lippincott Nursing procedures and skills during and after program completion
  • BLS/ACLS certification
  • NIH Stroke Scale certification
  • CPI certification
  • Epic or Meditech training and validation

Program Schedule

Part 1 – Classroom Training (First 7-10 weeks: Monday-Friday, Days, with intermittent home study days)

  • Instructor-led classroom training
  • State-of-the-art simulation including comprehensive debriefs
  • Self-directed learning

Part 2 - Clinical Preceptorship (Remainder of program: 3 - 12 hours shifts, Rotating Shifts)  

  • Conducted in the assigned unit at the hospital
  • Regular development meetings between the student, the preceptor and your Director

Program Requirements

  • Graduate of an accredited nursing school
  • Passing NCLEX results (prior to program start)
  • Utah RN Licensure required no later than program start date
  • Self-motivated and strong communication skills required

Program requires a minimum two (2) year commitment to the facility. Failure to meet this may result in repayment of facility investment.


Can I apply if I don’t have my degree or RN license yet?

Absolutely! The program requirements state that you only need your degree by the program start date and your passing NCLEX results prior to the program start.

How do I know which unit/facility I will be placed?

You’ll discuss your goals with a recruiter before interviewing and you’d know where you have the potential to be placed before you’re offered a slot in the program.

How does the two-year commitment work?

The two-year commitment starts upon successful completion of the program. The two-year commitment is to the facility itself, not to the particular unit, however we would encourage you to stay on the unit you were trained for the entire two years.

Can out-of-state candidates apply?

Yes. This program has been a great option for out-of-state new graduates because it transitions you to our health system in addition to transitioning you into a nursing role in the hospital setting. You’ll also get the opportunity to build friendships with other new graduates.

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