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An Historical Perspective

An Historical Perspective

1902 - Developed articulation agreements with Children's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital to provide college level science courses to their diploma students.

1906 - Established a Public Health Nursing Program in collaboration with the Boston Instructive District Nursing Association (later to become the Boston Visiting Nurse Association).

1915 - Established a Department of Public Health Nursing.

1933 - Implemented a 5 year baccalaureate program in Nursing, became a charter member of the National League for Nursing.

1952 - In collaboration with the Harvard School of Public Health established a masters program in Public Health Nursing. The Rockefeller Foundation supported this program.

1978 - Developed the graduate program in Adult Primary Health Care Nursing in collaboration with the Peter Brent Brigham Hospital, funded by the Division of Nursing.

1983 - Expanded the Primary Care graduate program to include Occupational Health and Geriatric Health.

1989 - Initiated the RN-MS program. Developed the 2nd degree baccalaureate degree program for individuals seeking a career in nursing (Dix Scholars Program).

1990 - Expanded the Primary Care Core to include Parent/Child Health and Geriatric Health.  Developed dual degree program in Maternal-Child Health with Harvard School of Public Health.

1993 - Established the undergraduate evening/weekend program for Dix Scholars. Initiated the School Health and Women's Health concentration in the Graduate Nursing Department.  Developed dual degree program in Occupational Health with Harvard School of Pulbic Health funded by NIOSH.

1994 - Developed the Simmons/Westbrook Partnership in Primary Health Care Nursing, an off-site weekend program for graduate nursing in cooperation with Westbrook College, Portland, Maine. 

1999 - Undergraduate and Graduate Nursing merge as one. The Nursing Programs at Simmons are now consolidated as one faculty and student body with Chairperson of Nursing and Associate Dean of School for Health Studies, Dr. Judy Beal as its leader. The Nursing Programs are one of 4 programs within the School for Health Studies. The other programs include Health Care Administration, Nutrition, and Physical Therapy.

2000 - Expanded the curriculum to include a: 1) direct entry masters' program for non-nurses with a BA/BS who wish to become nurse practitioners. 2) a 5 year BS-MS program option, and 3) a revised 4 year BS curriculum with increased community and clinical experience.

2003 - Implemented a number of tracks for Dix Scholars including: a) 18-month Dix Scholars Program, b) 2-year Dix Scholars Program, c) 3-year Dix Scholars Program.  Established collaboratively with the School of Education and other programs in SNHS an MS and CAGS in Health Professions Education, with plans for a PhD in Health Professions Education.  Developed collaboratively with the SNHS Health Care Administration Program a post-baccalaureate certificate program to develop Nurse manager.

2007 - Established off-site RN-MS and BS-MS programs in Nursing Adminsitration at Winchester Hospital.

2008 - Admitted first cohort of Post-Master's Doctorate of Nursing Practice students on the Boston Campus.

2009 - Admitted first cohort of Longwood Area Hospital Students to MS in Nursing Administration Program.

2010 - The DNP Program hosted its first accreditation site visit in April and was granted full accreditation