As nursing education shifted from hospitals toward university affiliation, LDS Hospital
School of Nursing provided roots for the establishment of Brigham Young University
College of Nursing. In 1952, under the direction of President Ernest L. Wilkinson
and Director Vivian Hansen, Brigham Young University College of Nursing opened its
doors to nursing students.
The following fifty years saw the attainment of state and national accreditation,
the implementation of graduate degree programs, and the beginning of a legacy of
international service. At the turn of the century, technology became available for
simulated learning. A Nursing Learning Center, directed by a national simulation
expert, was established. High-fidelity adult, pediatric, and birthing simulators
were acquired, introducing students to real-life scenarios
Today, BYU College of Nursing educates over 400 students annually who are among the
highest academically qualified in the country. As a vital part of their preparation,
students engage in clinical practice in more than 250 clinical sites in the Mountain
West and beyond. They have opportunities in a variety of local and international areas
including Ecuador, Russia, Finland, India, Tonga, Taiwan, and Navajo Reservation. In
addition, students study research, ethics, advanced writing, and religion.
The baccalaureate program draws students from across the U. S. and several foreign
countries. Students enter the nursing program in their sophomore year, and nursing
coursework is generally completed in three years.
The master's program prepares graduates for advanced practice nursing as Family
Nurse Practitioners and for leadership in the profession of nursing. The program
is ranked in the top 100 U. S. graduate nursing programs in the 2011 edition
of U. S. News & World Report's Best Graduate Schools. Employment rate for
graduates is 100%.
Brigham Young University College of Nursing recognizes an overwhelming need for
highly qualified nurses throughout the world. To help fill this need the College
of Nursing is dedicated to providing the highest quality nursing education. Preparation
at BYU includes the integration of the arts, science, and technology, with a devotion
to human values and the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ.
In order to continue to provide a dynamic education, we look forward to innovative
learning through renovation and expansion of the Nursing Learning Center.