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College of Nursing


Strengthening Leadership in Nursing

The increasingly complex worlds of health care, higher education, and the profession of nursing all intersect at our College of Nursing. Nurses play a major role in health care delivery and will play an even greater role as American health care changes. Spartan Nurses will make dynamic contributions to twenty-first century health care.

  • We will increase our research in the areas where we are strong and where there is a profound need.
  • We will expand our academic-practice partnerships to help us translate nursing science into practice.
  • We will prepare nurse leaders by strengthening our balanced array of educational programs.
  • We will build a vibrant and diverse community of students, faculty, and staff, and expand their global experiences.

Our ultimate distinction is our body of 6,000 alumni. Throughout the world, Spartan Nurses are improving outcomes in chronic illness, healthy lifestyles, and the health and well-being of individuals and their families. We have a competitive nursing research culture. Across all ranks, our faculty receive support for their research from five different NIH Institutes. Our current scientific and interdisciplinary research strengths are in:

  • Cancer
  • Gerontology
  • Physical activity
  • Obesity and associated conditions

Among these research areas are chronic diseases, which cause 81 percent of hospital admissions, 91 percent of all prescriptions, and 76 percent of visits to health care providers.


College of Nursing seeks to raise $14.0 million in the Empower Extraordinary campaign. We will achieve this goal with a mix of endowment and annual funds.


To date we have raised $15.9 million, but more private support is needed to achieve our full potential and propel this great university forward.


Eric Sturdy, Jr.
Director of Development & Alumni Relations
(517) 432-1187