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College of Nursing History

Discover a history of nursing excellence at Creighton University.

Nursing education at Creighton University has a rich history, dating back to 1928 when it became affiliated with St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing. Once nursing students completed their diploma requirements, they would continue on to earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degrees. That successful affiliation with St. Joseph’s led to a similar agreement in 1929 with St. Catherine’s Hospital School of Nursing.

The following timeline illustrates these and other important Creighton College of Nursing milestones:

The following timeline illustrates these and other important Creighton College of Nursing milestones:

1928: Affiliation begins with St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing; first BSN students graduate
1929: Affiliation begins with St. Catherine’s Hospital School of Nursing
1958: Creighton begins four-year BSN program
1962: First four-year BSN students graduate
1975: Accelerated nursing program begins—the second in the nation
1981: Creighton begins offering a Master of Science in Nursing 
1986: College of Nursing expands to Hastings, Neb., to partner with Mary Lanning Healthcare and Hastings College
2008: Doctor of Nursing Practice program initiated
2011: 25th anniversary of the Hastings campus
2018: College of Nursing expands to offer its accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program in Phoenix, Arizona, through a partnership with Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center.

Creighton College of Nursing Timeline

  • Affiliation begins with St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing; first BSN students graduate

    1928
  • Affiliation begins with St. Catherine’s Hospital School of Nursing

    1929
  • Creighton begins four-year BSN program

    1958
  • First four-year BSN students graduate

    1962
  • Accelerated nursing program begins—the second in the nation

    1975
  • Creighton begins offering a Master of Science in Nursing 

    1981

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  • College of Nursing expands to Hastings, Neb., to partner with Mary Lanning Healthcare and Hastings College

    1986

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  • Doctor of Nursing Practice program initiated

    2008

    Learn more about Creighton's Doctor of Nursing Practice program.

  • 25th anniversary of the Hastings campus

    2011
  • College of Nursing expands to Phoenix, Arizona

    2018

    College of Nursing expands to offer its accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program in Phoenix, Arizona, through a partnership with Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center.