CU Nursing History

YearNotable Event
1898University Hospital opened in Boulder and Training School for Nurses was developed under the School of Medicine.
1901Mary Lowery, Emma Fry, and Jessie Milne are the first graduates of the Training School.
1918World War I training program for women who have completed two years of college.
1920School of Nursing BS program established as a five-year option, a combined BS degree and nursing diploma awarded through the College of Arts and Sciences.
1924University of Colorado’s School of Nursing opens in Denver.
1936Clara Louise Keininger leads the School of Nursing to reorganize and establish it as a university program leading to a bachelor of science degree in nursing.
1942Post-baccalaureate certificate programs begin in public health, teaching, and supervision.
1949School of Nursing becomes an autonomous school with Henrietta Adams Loughran as dean.
1950Master of Science degree program initiated in public health, medical-surgical, maternal-child, and psychiatric nursing for preparation of clinical specialists.
1958Bureau of Research initiated in the school.
1965Initiates the first nurse practitioner program in the country with the School of Medicine.
1967The Alumni Association was reactivated and the nurse scientist program was initiated.
1978PhD degree program begins.
1984Center for Nursing Research was created.
1986Center for Human Caring established.
1990Doctor of Nursing (ND) degree program started.
1993The Nursing History Center was established by the Alumni Association.
1998School of Nursing celebrates 100 years of excellence.
2004Regents consolidate CU-Denver and Health Sciences Center to form the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center.
2005Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program established.
2006Fitzsimons campus renamed Anschutz Medical Campus.
2007Regents approve a shortened version of the name: the University of Colorado Denver.
2008School of Nursing changes its name to College of Nursing. College of Nursing students start classes on the Anschutz Medical Campus.
201045th anniversary of nurse practitioner education and practice. 35th anniversary of the Nurse Practitioner Symposium.
2013The American Academy of Nursing honored Jean Watson as a “Living Legend” in nursing. One of the largest healthcare delivery systems, Kaiser Permanente, has implemented
Watson’s theory in California for many years.
201550th anniversary of Nurse Practitioner education and practice.
40th anniversary of the Nurse Practitioner Symposium.
2018College of Nursing celebrates 120 years of excellence.
Dr. Elias Provencio-Vasquez takes the helm as the Dean of CU Nursing.
2020The COVID-19 pandemic forced university students around the country to quarantine at home and learn online.
CU Nursing’s first Black graduate, Zipporah Parks Hammond, was inducted into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame.
CU Nursing partners with Fort Lewis College to bring nursing education to the four corners.
2023125th anniversary of the University of Colorado College of Nursing.
Expanded simulation space makes CU Nursing the largest nursing simulation space in the Rocky Mountains.
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