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School of Nursing celebrates 100 years

School of Nursing founder Richard Olding Beard, M.D., instructing the school’s first class of nursing students in 1909. (Photo: School of Nursing)

Congratulations to the University of Minnesota’s School of Nursing, which is celebrating its centennial anniversary this year. The school, which was established two years before the university’s hospital opened, was the first nursing school in the country to be based at a university and has operated continuously since March 1909.

Today the School of Nursing operates on two University of Minnesota campuses—the Twin Cities and Rochester. It has the University’s largest graduate program and offers five academic programs: a bachelor of science in nursing, master of nursing, master of science in nursing, doctor of nursing practice, and Ph.D. programs.

To learn more about the school and its history, visit

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