Program Histories

Adult-Gero Nurse Practitioner Programs

Soon after implementation of the PNP program in the School of Public Health, students interested in adult populations began requesting preparation as practitioners as well. A pilot program with four students began in 1971. 

Family Nurse Practitioner

The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program was launched in 1993. Under the leadership of Education Specialist Georgia Nygaard from 1994 until her retirement, the FNP program grew to be the most sought after of the NP options.

Geriatric Nurse Practitioner/Geriatric Clinical Nurse Specialist

Soon after implementation of the PNP program in the School of Public Health, students interested in adult populations began requesting preparation as practitioners as well. A pilot program with four students began in 1971.

Health Innovation and Leadership

The Health Innovation and Leadership program replaced the nursing administration area of study that had been a part of the master’s curriculum for half a century. Beginning in 1951, the Master's of Nursing Administration (MNA) was offered through the College of Medical Sciences, the academic home of the School of Nursing until 1970.

Integrative Health and Healing

The Integrative Health and Healing (IHH) specialty of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) became an official part of the School of Nursing DNP program options in fall 2009. Initial curriculum plans were developed by co-directors Professor Mary Jo Kreitzer, PhD, and Associate Professor Linda Halcón, PhD.

Master of Nursing Administration

The Health Innovation and Leadership program replaced the nursing administration area of study that had been a part of the master’s curriculum for half a century. Beginning in 1951, the Master's of Nursing Administration (MNA) was offered through the College of Medical Sciences, the academic home of the School of Nursing until 1970.

Nurse Anesthesia

For seven years, the School of Nursing collaborated with the Minneapolis Veterans Administration (VA) School of Anesthesia to provide a pathway for anesthesia students to earn a master’s degree in nursing. They received the anesthesia related portion of the program from the VA School and then completed the requirements for the master’s degree at the University of Minnesota.

Nurse Midwifery

Nurse-Midwifery was the first of the advanced practice specialties to be offered by the School of Nursing. The program began in 1973 under the leadership of Sharon Rising, CNM, MSN.

Nursing Informatics

Nursing Informatics became a part of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program in 2009. Informatics drives innovation that is defining future approaches to information and knowledge management in biomedical research, clinical care, and population health. 

Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

In the early to mid-1960s, Alma Sparrow was in charge of Washington state’s program for rural maternal and child health. She heard about the work of Ford and Silver and participated in a group of public health people convened to discuss the primary health of children and families in underserved areas.

PhD Program

The development of the PhD in Nursing program followed a long and controversial path. In 1972, Dean Isabel Harris appointed a task force to begin the process.

Practical Nursing Program

The idea for a practical nursing program actually began in 1939 when a professor in the School of Agriculture (J.O. Christianson) proposed home practical nursing courses in the school’s Home Management curriculum to assist rural physicians (Glass, 1983).  The school was interested in providing a program for women to complement its programs for rural men (Taylor, 2015).