Brigham Young University. School of Nursing

The School of Nursing, established in 1952, was born under the direction of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Vivian Hansen worked as dean from 1952 until 1954 and was replaced by L. Bernice Chapman (1955-1958) who went on to serve as dean of the College of Nursing. The School of Nursing became the College of Nursing in 1958.


Established: 1952

Abolished: 1958

Location: Provo, Utah (1952-1958)


The School of Nursing was originally organized due to the reorientation of national nursing education programs to collegiate environments. It was deemed necessary to have the church's nursing education centered at Brigham Young University.

Assets and Administrative Structure

The School of Nursing functioned under several deans, beginning with Vivian Hansen in 1952, who resigned and was replaced by a nonmember in 1954. Many faculty positions had to be filled by nonmembers due to a shortage of qualified nurses.

Associated Units

Superior unit: Brigham Young University (1952-1959)

Later unit: Brigham Young University. College of Nursing (1959- )

Associated Archival Materials

Alumni records, 1908-1985. (UA 1020)


Brigham Young University, 1975: vol. 2 p. 634-637 (established, 1952; Vivian Hansen, dean; renamed, 1958; nonmember faculty members)

Brigham Young University Annual Catalog 1955-1956: p. 417 (L. Bernice Chapman, director)

Maintenance Information

Record ID: EAC-2009-00323

Creator: CEM