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Since 1974, the School of Nursing has grown from an associate degree program that held classes in the Omer Carmichael Elementary School on the corner of Muhammad Ali Boulevard and Hancock Street, to a school located in the heart of the Health Sciences Center. Experiencing its highest enrollment of many of the best and brightest 1309 pre-nursing, BSN, MSN and PhD students during Fall semester 2013, the school is almost busting at its seams on the three floors of the K building located on Floyd Street and Abraham Flexner Way. The school showcases four state-of-the art high fidelity simulation suites, a 159 seat auditorium with the capability to broadcast classes two ways in real time delivery, a well-staffed Research Office and individual faculty offices.

The faculty remain highly responsive to both local and national factors. With less than 1% of 3 million nurses nationally who have a doctorate in nursing or related field, the school has attracted highly talented PhD students to become nurse faculty and nurse scientists who will teach and discover new knowledge through their research. They come to us from local, other states and international borders, such as China, Bahrain and Jordon. Faculty also are designing a curriculum for the practice doctorate or Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) that many nurse practitioners will use to apply evidence to their practice.

Our faculty research related to the nursing care of aging, asthma, diabetes, depression developmental transitions, and physiological changes, along with our role in interprofessional education and practice, and our use of innovative simulation, face-to-face, and on-line teaching/learning methods distinguishes us a key player in transforming nursing. Global outreach, another hallmark of our school, engages students and faculty in study abroad programs and research in Africa, Belize, Botswana, China, Croatia, Haiti, Ireland, Philippines, and Scotland. We pride ourselves in community engagement and outreach, as our students with faculty provide more than 14,000 service learning hours each year around metropolitan Louisville to help meet the health care needs of many underserved and those with health disparities.

Our MSN prepared nurse practitioner (NP) graduates in adult gerontology, adult acute care, family and women’s health primary care and acute neonatal nursing are becoming highly sought after health care providers.  Population shifts across the lifespan, with higher hospital in patient acuity and the growing aging baby boomer population, compound the need for NPs to offer more affordable and accessible health care.

In our 40 year history, we are experiencing our largest upper division baccalaureate class with 473 students. These students are enrolled in our traditional BSN program in Louisville and our extension program in Owensboro. Others complete the RN-BSN program that is 100% online.

What we do at the School of Nursing is impressive both in quantity and quality and has high impact locally, statewide, nationally and globally. However, it is truly our students and alumni from all programs that make us great.

Thank you for being part of our history, our journey and our future. Do join the University of Louisville School of Nursing students, faculty and staff and our 3500 alumni around the world in 2014 as we celebrate 40 years of growth, excellence and the hope of a limitless future!


Dr. Marcia J. Hern, EdD, CNS, RN

Dean and Professor

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Dr. Marcia J. Hern
Dean and Professor
School of Nursing

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