SoN Milestones

MILESTONES

1924

Established at the University of Wisconsin,* the School of Nursing becomes the first collegiate nursing program in the state and one of the earliest in the country.
Helen Denne Schulte is appointed its first director.
BS in Hygiene (5-year program through the College of Letters and Science) and a Certificate in Nursing (3-year program) are established.

1926

Nurses’ Dormitory is completed at 1402 University Avenue.

1927

University of Wisconsin awards nursing certificates to its first graduating class of eleven students.

1943

School of Nursing participates in the U.S. Cadet Corps program during World War II.

1955

UW Extension offers nursing courses jointly with the School of Nursing, providing CE opportunities for nurses throughout the state.

1956

Four-year nursing degree is instituted; school's certificate program is discontinued.

1964

First graduate nursing program in the UW System is introduced through an MS degree in pediatric nursing.

1975

Wisconsin’s first geriatric nurse practitioner (NP) program is established.

1977

School of Nursing becomes first unit to occupy the new Clinical Science Center on the west end of campus.

1984

PhD program is established—a joint program in nursing and psychology.

1991

Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD) is established with secondary concentration areas.

1992

RN to BS to MS Program is introduced.

1993

BSN@Home (RN to BS) is instituted through a partnership with other UW System nursing schools, giving RNs an opportunity to complete a BS through any of the five system nursing programs.

1996

School’s website is launched; first Internet course is offered through Continuing Education in Nursing.

2002

Western Campus for Nursing in La Crosse is created in partnership with the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation to offer BS program on site.

2003

Early Entry PhD Option in nursing is established.

2004

Nurse Educators for Tomorrow (NET) Option is introduced, offering nurses the opportunity to enroll in a master’s program online or to gain post-master’s credits while remaining in their home communities.

2005

MS/MPH Dual Degree Program is offered jointly with the School of Medicine and Public Health.

2010

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is launched with post-BS and post-MS options.

2011

State Building Commission approves the new School of Nursing building.
Continuing Education in Nursing is renamed the Center for Professional Development and Outreach.

2012

UW Board of Regents approves the naming of the new School of Nursing building as Signe Skott Cooper Hall in recognition of Cooper’s lifelong commitment to the university, school, and profession. Construction begins on May 24 at 701 Highland Avenue.

2014

Signe Skott Cooper Hall officially opened in August
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*In 1971, the University of Wisconsin became the University of Wisconsin–Madison, when the Legislature established the UW System.