The Westminster Difference
At Westminster, small is big. Our small, private liberal arts college has demonstrated success for over 135 years and is consistently top-ranked by USNews & World Report and the Princeton Review. Westminster nurses are the first to be hired because employers know that our graduates have the skills and competencies to lead teams and organizations. Our curriculum prepares nurses to be creative, problem-solvers with the ability to think critically and adapt to dynamic working environments. Our close-knit community cultivates friendships with faculty, other nursing professionals and local healthcare leaders giving you a broad base of connections to advance your career.
You'll learn first-hand from professors who hold the top degrees in their fields. Our outstanding, caring faculty will mentor you every step of the way and become partners in your learning. Your success is their mission.
Over a Century of Caring
Westminster’s College of Nursing history began with the founding of the St. Mark’s Hospital School of Nursing in 1894. The school opened on April 1st of that year and was the first nurses’ training school in Utah. The first Nursing Director was Sister Mary Mitchell, who received her training from the Florence Nightingale Training School of St. Thomas Hospital in London.
In the early days things were very different for the nurse trainees. Students were not required to have a high school diploma. When the school opened nurses spent two years training, until 1898 when the program was extended to three years. They worked twelve hour shifts in St. Mark’s Hospital during the day and took classes at night. They were required to be in their dorms, which were in the basement of the hospital until 1907, by 10:00 p.m. and were not permitted to marry.
By 1943, students were receiving college credit and in 1948 St. Mark’s affiliated themselves with Westminster College to support the students’ academic needs. In 1955, Nancy Bankhead became the first African-American graduate and in 1963, Kenneth Ross Church became the first male graduate.
Since those early days and throughout our history, Westminster has been dedicated to providing the best possible education to nurses. Now, Westminster nurses are in high demand and employers know they are the best prepared for varied challenges of today’s healthcare environments.
St. Marks-Westminster School of Nursing early beginnings lay a foundation of excellence.