College of Nursing: A History of Service

1968 — President Albert G. Huegli proclaims the official opening of the College of Nursing at the open­ing convocation for the 1968-’69 academic year. Dorothy P. Smith is the college’s first dean.

1969 — The bachelor’s program in nursing is accredited by the Indiana State Board of Nurses Registration and Nursing Education.

1972 — The CoN celebrates its first graduating class in the spring. The college moves into newly constructed LeBien Hall.

1974 — The bachelor’s program in nursing is accredited by the National League for Nursing.

1982 — Freda Scales is named dean of the College of Nursing.

1985 — The college becomes one of the first in the country to launch an accelerated bachelor’s degree in nursing program.

1991 — The CoN celebrates its first graduating class of the master’s program in nursing.

1993 — The master’s program in nursing is accredited by the National League for Nursing.

1994 — The college institutes a post-master’s family nurse practitioner program.

2000 — The Committee for Collegiate Nursing Education accredits the college’s undergraduate and graduate programs. Janet Brown is named dean of the College of Nursing.

2001 — The college receives a grant from the Helene Fuld Foundation to enhance the curriculum’s community-based nursing experiences.

2008 — In the fall, the first class is admitted to the post-master’s doctorate in nursing practice program.

2009 — In the fall, the Bachelor of Science in nursing to doctorate in nursing practice curriculum to be offered.