The first nursing education program at Lake Superior State College was a Practical Nursing Program in 1968.
History of the LSSU Nursing Program
In September 1970 the College initiated a two-year Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program and ended the Practical Nursing Program.
In 1975 the length of the ADN Program was increased to three years in length; a pre-clinical year was added, with nursing courses expanded to include more theory and clinical experience.
The National League for Nursing accredited the ADN Program from January 1983 until its closure.
The College recognized the trend of entry into professional practice at the baccalaureate level and added the Bachelor of Science (BSN) Program in September 1974. This program was designed as a completion program for registered nurses seeking a baccalaureate degree.
The Bachelor of Science in nursing program at Lake Superior State University was initially granted accreditation by the National League for Nursing in 1984.
In September 1985, a four-year BSN pre-licensure track replaced the ADN Program.
The re-accreditation in 1992 included the four-year BSN pre-licensure track as well as the original RN-BSN completion track.
The BSN programs were also reaccredited in 2000 and 2008 by the National League for Nursing and by the Michigan Board of Nursing within the Bureau of Health Professions in the Department of Community Health.
The College of Nursing and Health Sciences implemented simulation-based education into the curriculum for the nursing students beginning fall semester of 2013.
LSSU’s Superior Simulation Center was established in 2014 through an anchor gift from the R. W. Considine Foundation.
One year later, paramedicine students were brought to the temporary simulation center located off campus in Sault Ste. Marie’s Smart Zone building.
Academic excellence- BSN “Honor Society,” Sigma Theta Tau, Inc in April 28, 2016, Chi Omega Chapter established
Through a partnership with War Memorial Hospital the WMH/LSSU Superior Simulation Center was established and brought to the main campus in 2018.
School of Nursing received CCNE Accreditation 10-year renewal in the Spring of 2020.
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