General Information

President’s Message

Welcome to Ensign College. If you’re new to our campus, we’re grateful you’re here. If you’re a returning student, we’re glad to have you back.

Your experience at Ensign College will be unique and wonderfully rewarding. Our focus as an institution is to help you develop market-ready skills in a spiritually enriching, testimony building and uplifting environment. Here, you’ll learn by doing as you grow and become a capable and trusted disciple of the Savior.

Your educational pursuits at the College are intended to prepare you to become valuable employees and trusted leaders over a lifetime. I invite you to make every moment count in positive and productive ways. Be a dedicated student by preparing each day for rich learning experiences. As you do so, the Holy Ghost will be your Master Teacher in deep and powerful ways. Live a worthy life and take advantage of our proximity to the numerous Houses of the Lord by being a frequent temple patron as conditions permit. I also invite you to make attendance at our weekly devotional a priority and part of your personal worship. As you do these things, I promise you’ll be lifted, edified and strengthened in ways you can hardly imagine.

I welcome you, warmly and sincerely, to Ensign College and look forward to personally greeting each of you.

Best regards,

Bruce C Kusch Signature

Bruce C. Kusch, Ph.D.

President, Ensign College

Catalog Disclaimer

The information in this catalog is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute a legal contract between Ensign College and any person or entity.

Ensign College reserves the right to change or discontinue its degree requirements, course offerings, policies, and all other aspects of college operations. This catalog is updated once a year, on or about the first day of Fall semester registration. If catalog changes are required, the online catalog version will serve as the most updated version.

A student's catalog will be the catalog in effect the fall semester of the academic year when he or she first enrolls at Ensign College.

A student’s catalog year is updated when a student declares a new program of study, and the student uses the catalog in effect at the time the new program of study is declared.

Students who leave Ensign College for more than three semesters should refer to the latest Academic Catalog for information regarding the College when they return.

Catalog Expiration

Students must complete graduation requirements within four (4) years for an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree, Associate of Science (AS) degree, or a certificate, and seven (7) years for a Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree. After four years for the AS, AAS, or certificate and seven years for the BAS degree, the requirements listed in the Ensign College catalog are no longer valid and accepted for graduation.

Students who take longer than four (4) years to complete an AAS degree, AS degree, or certificate or seven (7) years to complete a BAS degree, will be held to the graduation requirements found in the oldest active catalog or any subsequent catalog up to the current catalog at the time of graduation.

No student can graduate under the requirements of a catalog more than four (4) years old for an AS degree, AAS degree, or certificate or seven (7) for all BAS degrees.

Students must graduate under the requirements of a single catalog.

Course Expiration

In areas of study in which the subject matter changes rapidly, material in courses taken long before graduation may become obsolete or irrelevant.  Excluding General Education Courses, courses completed more than ten (10) years ago may not apply to the student's current degree program.  Students must appeal to the Program Chair and the Vice President of Academics for acceptance of expired courses. This policy applies to both Ensign College and transfer credits. 

Additional program accreditation standards may limit the applicability of courses or degree requirements to less than 10 years.

NOTICE:  Ensign College makes every effort to ensure that accuracy of the content of this catalog is correct but reserves the right to make changes at any time without prior notice.

 

Accreditation

Ensign College is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality evaluated through a peer-review process. An accredited college or university is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.

Accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution.

Inquiries regarding an institution’s accredited status by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities should be directed to the Administrative staff of the institution.

Individuals may also contact:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
8060 165th Avenue N.E., Suite 100
Redmond, WA 98052
(425) 558-4224
www.nwccu.org 

Program Accreditation

The Medical Assisting Certificate is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
9355 - 113th St. N # 7709
Seminole, Florida 33775
(727) 210-2350
www.caahep.org
Medical Assisting Education Review Board
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 1575
Chicago, IL 60606
(800) 228-2262
www.maerb.org

Nondiscrimination and Disability Accommodation

Ensign College ("College") does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status, in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs or activities. As an educational institution sponsored by and affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (“Church”), the College gives a lawful preference in employment and admissions decisions to qualified, faithful members of the Church in good standing. In addition, employees and students must observe the Church Educational System Honor Code and all College policies.

Questions or complaints about unlawful discrimination on the basis of sex (including sexual harassment and other forms of sexual misconduct) may be referred to the college's Title IX coordinator. Questions or complaints about unlawful discrimination on any other basis listed above may be referred to the college's equal opportunity manager. Individuals with disabilities may request reasonable accommodations by contacting the college’s Disability Services or the section 504 coordinator (Manager of Counseling), using the contact information for the Disability Services office below. Complaints of unlawful discrimination may also be referred to the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.

Title IX Coordinator
Cody Branch
95 N 300 W
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
titleix@ensign.edu
(801) 524-8158
Equal Opportunity Manager
David Brooksby
95 N 300 W
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
dbrooksby@ensign.edu
(801) 524-8171
Disability Services
Adam Garland
95 N 300 W
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
disabilityservices@ensign.edu
(801) 524-1936

Academic Freedom

Ensign College invites faculty members and students to pursue secular knowledge in a climate of religious belief. This model consciously embraces all truth, regardless of its source.

Individual freedom lies at the core of both religious and academic life and is based not only on a belief in the value of free inquiry, but also on the gospel principle that humans are moral agents. Faculty members and students are encouraged to seek knowledge in the sacred as well as the secular; to learn through their hearts, by the Spirit, and with their minds; and to honor both the written word of God and continuing revelation.

Faculty members and students are entrusted with individual academic freedom and are encouraged to pursue truth according to the theories, methodologies, and practices that characterize scholarship in the various disciplines. This trust encompasses the freedom to explore a variety of ideas.

The Board of Trustees and the academic leadership of Ensign College expect faculty members to protect the fundamental interests and the doctrines of the Church, the individual faith of Church members, and the mission of the College at all times. Faculty members are free to discuss and analyze Church doctrine and policy. However, faculty members should not engage in expressions with students privately or in public that knowingly contradict or oppose Church doctrine and policy. Faculty members should not deliberately attack or deride the Church or its leaders. Nor should they violate the Honor Code.

Mission Statement

Ensign College is an institution of higher education founded and sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The school’s mission is to develop capable and trusted disciples of Jesus Christ.

As an institution, we seek and follow the counsel and guidance of inspired leaders in harmony with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, its purposes, and in fulfilling our stated mission.

As we strive to fulfill our stated mission, we believe that:

CAPABLE STUDENTS are prepared with essential workplace capabilities.

TRUSTED STUDENTS are leaders guided by an inner moral compass.

DISCIPLES of Jesus Christ are committed followers of Him and live His restored gospel.

Immersive Learning at Ensign College

Ensign College students are immersed in learning environments where they act as agents of their learning in the development of essential personal traits and professional capabilities.

Students are invited to study and learn by faith as they seek the gifts of the Spirit to change and become responsible for their learning, developing as capable and trusted disciples of Jesus Christ.

Students fulfill the mission of the College through our unique Learning Signature to:

Prepare to develop and demonstrate professional capabilities.

Act as an agent of your learning in immersive environments, resulting in Deep Learning---to know, do, and become.

Demonstrate how your journey to become a capable and trusted disciple of Jesus Christ has changed and shaped you to embrace future opportunities with confidence, resiliency, and faith.

The outcomes of deep learning include capability, competence, and confidence to enter the world of work prepared to make significant contributions. Learners prepare to demonstrate and articulate to employers what they know and what they can do.

Learning experiences are designed and assessed through discipline-specific outcomes and the College-Wide Capabilities.

College-Wide Capabilities

To align with the mission of ensign college to develop capable and trusted disciples of jesus christ, the college is focused on helping learners demonstrate the following key capabilities:

teamwork and leadership: create and sustain a culture of trust, vision, and continuous improvement that adds value to an organization.

communication: share information in diverse audiences, modes, and environments for the purpose of mutual understanding and edification.

technical skills: demonstrate knowledge, skills, and abilities to accomplish specific tasks through proper systems, processes, and tools.

problem-solving: analyze complex problems and generate creative solutions supported by informed evidence.

professionalism: exhibit behaviors reflecting a moral foundation of strong ethics and accountability.

Ensign College Board of Trustees

Officers

Russell M. Nelson, Chair
Dallin H. Oaks, First Vice-Chair
Henry B. Eyring, Second Vice-Chair
R. Kelly Haws, Secretary

Board Members

Russell M. Nelson, Chair
Dallin H. Oaks, First Vice-Chair
Henry B. Eyring, Second Vice-Chair
Jeffrey R. Holland*
D. Todd Christofferson*
Paul V. Johnson*
Michael T. Ringwood
Gérald Caussé
Jean B. Bingham*
Bonnie H. Cordon
Steven J. Lund
R. Kelly Haws, Secretary*

*Members of the Executive Committee

Office of the Commissioner of Church Education

Clark G. Gilbert, Commissioner, Church Educational System
R. Kelly Haws, Assistant to the Commissioner and Secretary to the Boards
Michael J. Christensen, Director, Budgets and Administration, Church Educational System

For the most current Board Members, please visit https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/church-education/about/ces-administration?lang=eng

Ensign College President’s Executive Council

Dr. Bruce C. Kusch, President
Timothy Q. Sloan, Vice President of Academics
Dr. Guy M. Hollingsworth, Vice President of Student Services
Mark L. Richards, Vice President of Administration and Operations
Alan L. Young, Online Vice President

College Map

Academic Departments

Dean of Applied Sciences

Doug McDougal

Dean of General Studies

Denice Lingen

Business

Department Chair

Greg Fox

Program Chairs

Brent Andrus (MBA, University of Utah): Applied Technology, Business Management, Human Resource Management, Professional Business Management, Small Business & Entrepreneurship

Ken DuVall (MBA, University of Utah): Accounting, Business Analytics, Finance

Greg Fox (MBA, Brigham Young University) Economics, Global Supply Chain and Operations, Project Management

Jennifer Warnas (MA, University of Phoenix): Business Applications, Business Language, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Prior Learning Certificates, Professional Sales 

Degrees, Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS)

Accounting – Bachelor of Applied Science in Business Management

Business Management – Bachelor of Applied Science

Finance-- Bachelor of Applied Science in Business Management

Degrees, Associate of Applied Science (AAS)

Applied Technology – Associate of Applied Science (for ATC students)
Business Management – Associate of Applied Science

Certificates

Accounting Certificate
Business Analytics Certificate
Business Language Certificate
Global Supply Chain & Operations Certificate
Hospitality and Tourism Management Certificate

Human Resource Management Certificate

Professional Business Management Certificate

Professional Sales Certificate

Project Management Certificate

Public Relations and Customer Service Certificate

Service and Leadership Certificate

Small Business Management & Entrepreneurship Certificate

Digital Technology

Department Chair

Troy R. Beynon

Program Chairs

Ben Hart (MBA, University of Utah): Communication, Digital Content Creation, Digital Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Technology Account Management
Troy R. Beynon (MS, Boston University): Business Intelligence, Cloud and Systems Administration
Spencer DeGraw (MBA, University of Phoenix): Cybersecurity, IT Fundamentals, Network Administration, Technical Support Engineer
Jared Plumb (MS, University of Utah):  Computer Science, Software Engineering

Degrees, Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS)

Communication – Bachelor of Applied Science
Cybersecurity – Bachelor of Applied Science in Information Technology
Digital Marketing – Bachelor of Applied Science in Communication

Software Engineering - Bachelor of Applied Science in Information Technology

System Administration - Bachelor of Applied Science in Information Technology

Degrees, Associate of Applied Science (AAS)

Communication – Associate of Applied Science
Data Science – Associate of Applied Science
Information Technology – Associate of Applied Science
Network Engineering – Associate of Applied Science
Social Media Marketing – Associate of Applied Science
Software Development – Associate of Applied Science

Certificates

Communication Core Certificate
Communication Fundamentals Certificate
Computer Science Certificate
Digital Content Creation Certificate
Digital Marketing Certificate
Social Media Marketing Certificate
Technical Support Engineer Certificate
Technology Account Management Certificate

Professional Services

Department Chair

Kimberly K. Garner

Program Chairs

Heidi Plumb (Masters, Brenau University): Interior Design
Kimberly K. Garner (JD, University of Idaho): Paralegal Studies
Schillene Bigelow (MS, University of Phoenix): Medical Assisting
Jerilyn Butterfield: Medical Billing and Coding

Degrees, Associate of Applied Science (AAS)

Interior Design – Associate of Applied Science
Paralegal Studies – Associate of Applied Science

Certificates

Interior Design Certificate
Medical Assisting Certificate
Medical Billing and Coding Certificate
Paralegal Studies Certificate

General Studies

Department Chair

Megan Rice

Program Chairs

Denice Lingen (M.Ed. University of Utah):Math, CAR 101, CAR 299, CAR 499
Megan Rice (MA, University of Utah): Art, Communication, English, Humanities, CAR 201
Kurt Fertig: (DA, Idaho State University):General Education

Degree, Associate of Science (AS)

The Associate of Science (AS) degree with stackable certificates, in emphases areas (see Terminology and Degrees) is a transfer degree.

Institute of Religion

To help students become capable and trusted disciples of Jesus Christ, religion classes are an integral part of education at Ensign College. Students are strongly encouraged to take a religion class each semester they are enrolled. President M. Russell Ballard said, “If you are attending a church school, consistently include a class each semester in religious education” (Ensign or Liahona May 2015). 

Graduation Requirements for Certificates and Degrees

There is no degree, major, or minor, offered from the Ensign College Institute of Religion.  To earn any certificate or degree offered by Ensign College, the Religion Course requirements listed below must be met.

Certificate Requirements:

  • Certificate programs with 25 credits or less may not require any religion courses. See certificate requirements for details.
  • Certificate programs with 26 – 29 credits will require one religion course.
  • Certificate programs with 30 or more credits will require two religion courses.

AAS and AS Degree Requirements:

  • Two of the four cornerstone courses plus any two additional courses. 8 total credits required.

BAS Degree Requirements:

  • A minimum of 14 credits are required, comprised of the following:
    • Four cornerstone courses, 8 total credits.
    • Three additional religion courses, 6 total credits.

 

The four cornerstone courses are:

REL 200 – The Eternal Family
REL 225 – Foundations of the Restoration
REL 250 – Jesus Christ & His Everlasting Gospel
REL 275 – Teachings and Doctrine of the Book of Mormon
 
Additional religion courses can be found in the list of course descriptions.

 

Second Religion Class in the Same Semester

Students are strongly encouraged to take one religion class each semester they are enrolled. More than one religion class in the same semester requires administrative approval by submitting the Permission to Enroll in a course form.

Transfer of Religion Credit from Other Church Schools or Institutes of Religion

Religion credit earned at Church Educational System (CES) Institutes of Religion and other CES Schools will transfer to Ensign College as an equivalent religion course or elective credit so long as the course is taken for “CES Transfer” credit and such credit is noted on an official Institute/University transcript. Students who are attending Ensign College on-campus are strongly encouraged to register for religion courses offered through Ensign College.

Transfer of Academic Credits from Non-Church Schools

Students that transfer to Ensign College that have no religion credits must meet the religion requirements for graduation.  The number of academic credits being transferred, and the desired degree, help determine how many religion credits are required.  The matrix below, along with your Student Success Advisor, can help provide further guidance.

Students Seeking BAS Degrees

# OF TRANSFER CREDITS

REQUIRED RELIGION CREDITS FOR GRADUATION

0-14

14

15-29

12

30-44

10

45-59

8

60-74

6-8

75-89

4-8

90 or more

2-8

Students Seeking AAS or AS Degrees

# OF TRANSFER CREDITS

REQUIRED RELIGION CREDITS FOR GRADUATION

0-14

8

15-29

6

30 or more

4

Academic Calendar

General Dates

Fall Semester 2022

Winter Semester 2023

Spring Semester 2023

Application Deadline (International)

August 1, 2022

November 15, 2022

March 1, 2023

Application Deadline (Domestic)

September 1, 2022

December 15, 2022

April 1, 2023

Registration Begins

June 1, 2022

November 1, 2022

March 1, 2023

Commencement

n/a

April 7, 2023

n/a

 

Fall Semester 2022

Winter Semester 2023

Spring Semester 2023

Classes begin

September 12

January 4

April 17

Payment deadline
Tuition, Content Charges, and Health Plan

September 12

January 4

April 17

Late fee assessed for outstanding balances*

September 13

January 5

April 18

Last day to add to the waitlist

September 18

January 10

April 23

Last day to add courses

September 19

January 11

April 24

Students are dropped from classes for non-payment

September 20

January12

April 25

Waitlists purged

September 21

January 13

April 26

Last day to be reinstated if dropped for non-payment

September 23

January 18

April 28

Last day to drop individual courses with refund

 October 4

 January 26

 May 9

Last day to drop classes with no "W" grade

October 4

January 26

May 9

Financial Aid Determination Date (Census Date)

October4

January 26

May 9

Last day to withdraw from classes & receive a "W" grade

November 7

March 1

June 12

Last day to withdraw from ALL semester courses and receive a pro-rated tuition refund

November 7

March 1

June 12

Graduation application deadline

November 14

March 7

June 19

Official last day of semester

December 14

April 6

July 19

Grades due from faculty at noon

December 21

April 12

July 26

Grades available to students on MyEnsign

December 22

April 13

July 27

Holidays

 

 

 

Thanksgiving Holiday - no classes (college open)

November 23

Thanksgiving Holiday – no classes

November 24-25

Civil Rights Day – no classes

January 16

President's Day – no classes

February 20

Memorial Day – no classes

May 29

Juneteenth - no classes

   

June 19

Independence Day – no classes

 

 

July 4

Pioneer Day - no classes    

July 24


Terminology and Degrees

For students wanting to earn more than one degree or certificate, at least 25% of the credit hours for each additional degree or certificate must be unique. For example, a student earning two certificates would earn total credits for the first certificate and then would need 25% unique courses of the total credits for the second. Likewise, a student earning two AAS degrees or one AS and one AAS degree would earn 60 credits for the first degree and at least 15 unique credits (25% of 60) for the second. Students cannot earn two AS degrees. Three degree types are offered at the College: Bachelors of Applied Science Degree (BAS), Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS), and Associate of Science Degree (AS). Certificates are also awarded.

Associate of Science Degree

Associate Degree (AS) degree with Certificate

Credits

Religion

8

Certificate

15-29

General Education (GE)

30-33

College and Career Success
BAP 115, Excel and Introduction to Technology
CAR 101, College Success

2

Internship

CAR 299 or a program specific internship course

 1

Electives (students may need up to 4 elective credits)

4

Total

60-77

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Minimum credits are outlined below.

  • The AAS degree is not intended to be a transfer degree.  This degree is provided in fields of study where additional education may not significantly increase employability.
  • Required credits include religion, College and career success courses, internship, college fundamentals, and if applicable, electives.
  • Some individual course credits may transfer to other institutions depending on the requirements of the institution receiving the transfer request.
  • At least 25% of required credits must be earned directly from Ensign College.

Associate of Applied Science Degrees (AAS)

Credits

Applied Technology – Associate of Applied Science

64

Business Management – Associate of Applied Science

60

Communication – Associate of Applied Science

60

Data Science – Associate of Applied Science

62

Information Technology – Associate of Applied Science

60

Interior Design – Associate of Applied Science

85

Network Engineering – Associate of Applied Science

62

Paralegal Studies – Associate of Applied Science

60

Social Media Marketing – Associate of Applied Science

66

Software Development – Associate of Applied Science

62

Certificates

  • There are several certificates offered at the College. Certificates can be either completed as a stand-alone certificate or as part of the degree requirements.
  • Certificates completed as a stand-alone certificate are only eligible for federal financial aid (pending FAFSA eligibility) if the certificate is more than 15 credits and if the recommended term sequencing is more than one term.
  • All certificates are eligible for federal financial aid (pending FAFSA eligibility) as part of the AS degree requirements.

Certificates

Credits

Accounting Certificate

15*

Business Analytics Certificate

15*

Business Language Certificate

16*

Communication Core Certificate

15*

Communication Fundamentals Certificate

15*

Computer Science Certificate

15

Digital Content Creation Certificate

18

Digital Marketing Certificate

15*

Global Supply Chain & Operations Certificate

15*

Hospitality and Tourism Management Certificate

16

Human Resource Management Certificate

16

Interior Design Certificate

28

Medical Assisting Certificate

29

Medical Billing and Coding Certificate

29

Paralegal Studies Certificate

29

Professional Business Management Certificate

15*

Professional Sales Certificate

15*

Project Management Certificate

16

Public Relations and Customer Service Certificate 15*
Service and Leadership Certificate  15*

Small Business Management & Entrepreneurship Certificate

20

Social Media Marketing Certificate

15*

Technical Support Engineer Certificate

16

Technology Account Management Certificate

15*

*Programs are not eligible for federal financial aid as a stand-alone certificate.

Bachelor of Applied Science Degree

A minimum of 120 credits are required.

Bachelor of Applied Science Degrees (BAS)

Credits

Accounting – Bachelor of Applied Science in Business Management

120

Business Management – Bachelor of Applied Science

120

Communication – Bachelor of Applied Science

120

Cybersecurity – Bachelor of Applied Science in Information Technology

120

Digital Marketing – Bachelor of Applied Science in Communication

120

Finance - Bachelor of Applied Science in Business Management

120

Software Engineering - Bachelor of Applied Science in Information Technology

120

System Administration - Bachelor of Applied Science in Information Technology

120