School of Nursing and Health Sciences

Sheryl Steadman, Dean

The Westminster School of Nursing and Health Sciences offers programs leading to Baccalaureate and Master’s degrees in nursing, public health, and nurse anesthesia. 

The Family Nurse Practitioner and Nursing Education programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia programs (COA). The Public Health program is working toward accreditation from the Council of Education for Public Health (CEPH). All nursing programs are approved by the Utah State Board of Nursing.

Graduate Programs

Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner/Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate Option

The Family Nurse Practitioner Program offers working professional nurses the opportunity to become licensed and certified as Advanced Practice Registered Nurses with prescriptive privileges. To accommodate working nurses, classes are scheduled one day per week. Clinical assignments are one to two days per week based on the availability of the assigned preceptor and individual class requirements. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the American Nurse Credential Center (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AAPN) certification exam and apply for Utah licensure as Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN).

Master of Science in Nursing Education/Nurse Educator Certificate

Upon completion of the certificate/master in nursing education, practicing nurses are prepared to teach professional nursing or function in a staff development position. This curriculum-based program prepares nurses to be more effective nurse educators in a clinical, college or university setting within the teaching-coaching domains of practice.

Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia

The Nurse Anesthesia Program provides an academic environment which offers the highest level of didactic, anesthesia simulation and clinical site experiences. The MSNA program allows nurse anesthesia students to master the intellectual and technical skills required to become competent in the safe administration of anesthesia. Graduates are prepared to sit for the NBCRNA examination.

Master of Public Health/Certificate in Public Health

The Public Health Program lays a solid foundation for public health practice in the twenty-first century. The program focuses on developing knowledge and skills needed to be an effective member of the public health workforce. The program offers a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree and a Certificate in Public Health (Cert.PH) taught in an employee-friendly format, meaning core courses will be offered every two weeks on a Friday and Saturday during the semester. Additional courses may be offered in the evening. The MPH degree is recognized internationally for the public health professional.


Julie Balk, Associate Professor
Diane Forster-Burke, Professor
John Contreras, Assistant Professor
Julie Ann Honey, Assistant Professor
Carol Jeffers, Associate Professor
Han Kim, Associate Professor
Ronda Lucey, Associate Professor
Robert Nicholes, Associate Professor
Cordelia Schaffer, Assistant Professor
Art Shimata, Assistant Professor
Sheryl Steadman, Dean, Associate Professor
James Stimpson, Associate Professor
Jennifer Stock, Associate Professor
Christina Sullivan, Assistant Professor
Juanita Takeno, Assistant Professor
Sheri Tesseyman, Associate Professor
Christopher Torman, Assistant Professor
Diane Van Os, Professor
Donna Wahoff-Stice, Assistant Professor
George L. White Jr., Professor
Stephanie Zimmer, Assistant Professor