Nursing has been one of the professional disciplines
of the University of Virginia since 1901, when a three-year diploma
program was first offered to high school students under the aegis
of the University of Virginia Hospital and the Department of Medicine.
Today, as one of the 10 independent schools of the University
with a faculty of 60 and an enrollment of 500 undergraduate and
graduate students, the school offers the degrees of Bachelor of
Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing, and, as a department
of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Doctor of Philosophy
The first baccalaureate degree in nursing,
the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Education, was offered in 1928
for the first time through the School of Nursing Education in
the Department of Education, made possible by an endowment of
$50,000 from the Graduate Nurses' Association of Virginia in memory
of Sadie Heath Cabaniss, Virginia's outstanding pioneer nurse.
The purpose of this degree program was to train registered nurses
for teaching, supervisory, or administrative positions. The present
baccalaureate program was established in 1950 as a four-year course,
with a curriculum consisting of a two-year academic concentration
followed by the two-year nursing major. In 1953, a Department
of Nursing was established to administer the diploma program and
the two baccalaureate programs: the Bachelor of Science in Nursing
and the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Education. Three years
later, in 1956, this department became the School of Nursing.
The Master of Science in Nursing Program, initiated in 1972, currently
offers nurse practitioner preparation in primary and acute care
as well as clinical specialist preparation in several areas of
concentration. The primary care nursing program prepares family
nurse practitioners and pediatric nurse practitioners. The acute
care program prepares nurse practitioners to function in acute
care settings. A post master's program (non-degree) that prepares
nurse practitioners in primary care and acute care is also available.
Both the clinical nurse specialist preparation and post-master's
programs are offered in acute and specialty care nursing, community/home
health nursing, and psychiatric-mental health nursing.
A master's degree program in health systems
management began in 1996.
The school also offers two additional joint
degrees: an M.S.N.-M.B.A. program in collaboration with the Darden
Graduate School of Business Administration, and
an M.S.N.-M.A. in Bioethics in collaboration with the School of
Medicine, the School of Law, and the Department of Religious Studies.
The Ph.D. in Nursing Program, begun in 1982,
is designed to prepare scholars and researchers committed to expanding
the base of nursing knowledge. Major components of the program
include nursing, research, cognates, and electives.
The School of Nursing is a member of the Council
of Baccalaureate and Higher Degree Programs of the National League
for Nursing, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing,
and the Southern Council on Collegiate Education for Nursing of
the Southern Regional Education Board. The School of Nursing is
accredited by the National League for Nursing and by the Virginia
State Board of Nursing. The school was first accredited by the
National League for Nursing Education in 1941 and appeared on
the first list of accredited nursing schools issued by the League.
In addition to actively participating in the
leading national nursing organizations, the school has an active
chapter, Beta Kappa, of Sigma Theta Tau, the international honor
society of nursing. Both graduate and undergraduate students are
eligible for membership.
University of Virginia
P.O. Box 800782
School of Nursing, McLeod Hall
Charlottesville, VA 22908-0782