School of Nursing and Health Sciences

Sheryl Steadman, Dean

The Westminster School of Nursing and Health Sciences offers programs leading to the Baccalaureate and Master’s degrees in nursing, public health, and nurse anesthesia. The undergraduate program prepares students to begin practice as professional nurse generalists. The program is designed for all qualified applicants including high school graduates, transfer students, and those with degrees in other fields.

Undergraduate Programs

Baccalaureate Nursing Program

The Baccalaureate Nursing program prepares students to practice as professional nurses. The curriculum provides students with various clinical experiences to enhance their learning. Graduates of the program are prepared to take the national licensing examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). In addition, our program is fully accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education.

RN-to-BS in Nursing Track

The RN-to-BS in Nursing track prepares professional nurse generalists to meet the health care needs of society and to continue life-long personal and professional development. This track allows associate degree-prepared RNs to complete their baccalaureate  degree. In addition, the curriculum prepares students with the abilities and knowledge to move into leadership positions in the health care industry, to prepare for advanced (graduate) education, and develop the knowledge base necessary to ensure safe, quality, patient centered care across all settings including community and public health. To this end, the track offers a major in nursing leading to a Bachelor of Science degree. 

Human Performance and Wellness

 Human Performance and Wellness courses include traditional strength training classes to innovative mind-body-spirit offerings in outdoor recreation and leadership opportunities, nutrition, athletic training, and preparation for certification in personal training and group exercise.

Baccalaureate Public Health Program

The Westminster College Bachelor of Science in Public Health Degree addresses the health of communities and populations through instruction, service and research. The program builds on Westminster College’s excellence in liberal arts education by emphasizing the role the humanities and social sciences have in public health, and then adding a commitment to scientific and quantitative sciences in addressing public health problems. Students who graduate with this degree will be able to utilize these tools to address public health issues with a scientifically sound methodology while remaining holistic, community-oriented and globally conscious.

Graduate Programs

(See Graduate Academic Catalog for detailed information on 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 to two days per week. Clinical assignments are one day per week based on the availability of the assigned preceptor. 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). In addition, our program is fully accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education.

Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia

The Nurse Anesthesia Program provides an academic environment which offers the highest level of didactic, lab 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. The Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia (MSNA) program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Nurse Anesthesia Programs.

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) that are taught in an executive 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. The Master of Public Health program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).


Faculty

Diane Forster-Burke, Professor
John Contreras, Assistant Professor
Carol Jeffers, Associate Professor
Han Kim, Associate Professor
Ronda Lucey, Associate Professor
Kristine Lynch, Assistant Professor
Robert Nicholes, Associate Professor
Cordelia Schaffer, Associate Professor
Manardie “Art” Shimata, Assistant Professor
Sheryl Steadman, Associate Professor
James Stimpson, Associate Professor
Christina Sullivan, Assistant Professor
Juanita Takeno, Assistant Professor
Sheri Tesseyman, Associate Professor
Chris Torman, Associate Professor
Diane Van Os, Professor
Donna Wahoff-Stice, Assistant Professor
George L. White Jr., Professor