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DNP program named #26 by U.S. News & World Report

DNP gerontology concentration named #6 by U.S. News & World Report

Edson College launches Doctor of Professional Practice in Regulatory and Clinical Research Management degree program


College offers BSN degree program on Polytechnic campus

16-year-old nursing student makes history at ASU

$5.5 million grant from ADHS to graduate 104 new nurses by 2024

ASU center wins national award for impact on team-based health care

Federal grant to fund 140 scholarships to prepare nurse educators


Edson College offers fully online RN to MS bridge option

Edson College earns top 30 ranking for BSN program

Edson College holds launch event at the ASU California Center


Edson College launches nursing program at ASU at Lake Havasu

ASU cuts ribbon on newest biomedical facility in downtown Phoenix

ASU's new Health Futures Center provides fresh intersections with Mayo Clinic to transform health care


COVID-19 ASU "Health Heroes"

Health care compliance and regulations degree became the first undergraduate program to earn accreditation from the Compliance Certification Board.


College receives a $25 million gift, and is renamed the Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation

Opening of new research center: the Center for Innovation in Healthy and Resilient Aging

Launch of the MS in Aging and MS in Nursing degree programs

Inaugural year of Mayo Clinic-ASU MedTech Accelerator


Judith Karshmer named Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Innovation

Launch of two graduate degrees: MS in Regulatory Science and DNP in Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner specialty

Clinical Research Management MS receives the nation's first program accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

First Mindfulness Summit hosted by the Center for Mindfulness, Compassion and Resilience


60th anniversary of the College of Nursing and Health Innovation

Health Entrepreneurship Accelerator Lab (HEALab) grand opening

Opening of Center for Mindfulness, Compassion and Resilience

Grand re-opening of newly expanded Simulation and Learning Resources Center


Dean Teri Pipe named ASU Chief Well-Being Officer

First cohort of CONHI's new Health Care Innovation graduate certificate program

New CONHI Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention


Partnership established with Discovery Triangle providing free health screenings on the Fresh Express bus

Student-led health clinic S.H.O.W. launches in partnership with University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University


Teri Pipe named Dean


Dean Bernadette Melnyk announces acceptance of new position at Ohio State University

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) awarded the Doctor of Nursing Practice program five full years accreditation through 2016

Southwest Consortium for Health Outcomes and Behavioral Change established

T32 NIH five-year grant for pre- and post doctoral scholars awarded

The 2012 U.S. News & World Report survey of America’s best graduate schools ranks the College of Nursing and Health Innovation 21st out of 467, or the top 4%, of graduate nursing programs in the nation


MS in Regulatory Science and Health Safety established

Macy Foundation funds interprofessional grant to study integrated curriculum for physicians, nurse practitioners and pharmacists


May 2009 - College changes name from College of Nursing & Healthcare Innovation to College of Nursing and Health Innovation

Nursing program at ASU West campus consolidated at Downtown Phoenix campus

NHI-2 building opens. The new state-of-the-art "green" building houses classrooms, research labs, and student facilities and has received 15 environment, architecture and construction awards.


Doctor of Nursing Practice program offered for first time in January 2008

April 25, 2008, 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner – Arizona Biltmore

December 2008 - First graduates of Master of Healthcare Innovation and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs

Graduate Certificate and Master of Clinical Research Management added to Clinical Research Management education offerings

Geriatric NP and Child-Family Psych/Mental Health NP programs established


ASU Health Center opens

September 22, 2007 - 50th Anniversary of the College - View 50th Anniversary Slide Show (Download Presenter Plug-in for Web Browsers [Free])

October 19, 2007 - 50th Anniversary Alumni Reception

Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree (DNP) approved

Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing & Healthcare Innovation program established; replaces DNS program

Launched the Center for Healthcare Innovation & Clinical Trials

Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence launches

Graduate Certificate for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Intervention Specialist established


Nursing, one of first three ASU colleges, moves to new Downtown Phoenix campus: name changed to College of Nursing and Health Innovation

Master of Healthcare Innovation Program established

North Tempe Health Center opens (Director, Charlotte Armbruster)

Center for Healthy Outcomes in Aging Established

Center for Improving Health Outcomes in Children, Teens and Families launches


Bernadette Melnyk, Dean (2005-2011)

Doctor of Nursing Science (DNS) degree established

Southwest Borderlands Initiative launched

Formed strategic partnership with Mayo Clinic


ASU Polytechnic campus nursing courses offered


ASU College of Nursing becomes the first and only College of Nursing in the United States to serve as a Title X delegate agency providing free/low cost family planning services to the uninsured through Breaking the Cycle Community Health Care


RN-BSN Degree program established


Honors Program established


Barbara Durand, Dean (1992-2004)


Escalante Health Center opens (Director Dr. Betty Gale) - clinic closed 5/2010

Breaking the Cycle Community Clinic opens (Director Dr. Phyllis Krause-Primas)


Indian Health Service grant enables establishment of American Indian Students United for Nursing (ASUN)


Baccalaureate Program in collaboration with Glendale Community College begins


Nursing courses offered at ASU West Campus


Janelle Krueger, Dean (1984-1992)


Office of Student Services established


College of Nursing offers three programs: 4-year BSN, 36-hour Master of Science in nursing, and Continuing (Extended) Education courses


Community Health Services Clinic opens in Scottsdale (Director Dr. Ellaemae Branstetter)


October 25, 1975, Beta Upsilon Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International was started in 1975 by Mary Jo Kasselman, President of ASU's Nursing Honor Society


Juanita Murphy, Dean (1971-1983)

First 5 graduates receive a Master of Science degree in nursing


First Class of Continuous Progress Curriculum (CPC) BSN Students Graduate


Master of Science Degree program established

Continuous Progress Curriculum (CPC), introduced by Dorothy Corona, initiated the revision of the baccalaureate philosophy: by 1971 concepts of the CPC were integrated into former BSN


Ellamae Branstetter was appointed as Director of Graduate Program


Tempe Building Dedicated


Loretta Anderson (Hanner-Bardewyck) appointed Dean (1965-71) and Professor


School of Nursing becomes an autonomous College


Arizona State College at Tempe is 100th nursing program in United States to be accredited.

First class of 6 students graduate


College moves above ground into first separate building, Annex XVI, on corner of Forest and 9th Street in Tempe - The Joyce House


First Academic Year (1957-58) annual budget: $22,160


Loretta Anderson (Hanner-Bardewyck) appointed as the Director of the School of Nursing within the College of Liberal Arts (1957-1965)

First two faculty members Loretta Anderson (Hanner-Bardewyck) and Dorothy McLeod write first Statement of Philosophy

September 22, 1957 - First nursing course held (58 students enrolled, 65 declared nursing major) at Arizona State College at Tempe (ASCT)

1957-1959 - School of Nursing within the College of Liberal Arts is located in the basement of Matthew’s library

Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program