Stevens-Henager College Spotlight

BY Ryan Spelts

Stevens-Henager College is one of the oldest colleges in Utah and has been serving students since 1891. Originally named The Smithsonian Business College, it went through several ownership and name changes until the name was changed to Stevens-Henager College in 1959; it was named after one of its earlier owners. Stevens-Henager College is a nonprofit college and is accredited by ACCSC (the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges), which holds the college to high standards and allows them to offer federal financial aid to students. Stevens-Henager currently has eight locations: West Haven (Ogden, main campus), Layton (satellite), Logan, Salt Lake, Orem, St. George, Idaho Falls, and Boise. The college is also affiliated with an online school, Independence University, that offers degree programs 100% online and has students from across the nation.

With a rich history in educating local students and helping them earn a variety of specialty degrees, Stevens-Henager is most proud of their job-placement percentages; many students are even placed with a job in their field and specialty before graduating. The school is locally renowned by the professionals within their specialties for turning out well educated, ready-for-work students, that are highly sought after.

One of the biggest programs is that of Surgical Technologist, and Stevens-Henager is one of only a few schools in the state that offers it. This important program was created by first consulting the medical community and then putting local surgeons and medical professionals on the education advisory board to help determine the particulars of the curriculum. Students complete a three-month externship as part of their schooling. Students also determine what expertise they would like to pursue and focus on within that specialty for their externship, making the experience even more valuable and targeted to the student’s goals.

The college is known for being efficient at getting students through their schooling quickly. An associate degree can be completed in as few as 19 months, and a bachelor’s degree in as few as 36 months. Students take one class at a time and complete each class in 4 weeks, and the schedule can even be handled around a part- or full-time job. Stevens-Henager also offers a great nursing program, where it takes 25 months to become a Registered Nurse.

In addition to these programs, Stevens-Henager also offers degrees in Medical Assisting, Business Administration, Software Development, and Network Security. Students’ tuition is all-inclusive and covers not only classes but textbooks, and even a laptop that students can keep at the end of their schooling. For most programs, students can enroll and start within 4 weeks (the Nursing program is on a different schedule). Class sizes are kept small and feature hands-on learning wherever possible.

The professional faculty at the college includes full-time teachers and program directors, plus some adjunct professors who come from the field they are teaching in. There is also a compliance department that helps the school and its programs stay consistent within their accreditation requirements.

Here is a quote from one of their graduates that sums up the student experience nicely: “The one-on-one atmosphere and a smaller classroom setting more closely fit my learning style. I wanted to graduate ready for a career in a specific field as soon as possible. I wanted to be more marketable than the person next to me. Stevens-Henager was the answer for me.” Tiffany Donoho, Medical Specialties (AOS)

Come and join us for great educational experience.

Business: College
Address: 1890 S. 1350 W. West Haven, UT 84401
Phone: 801-392-1471


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