Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center

1920

Saint Joseph Hospital School of Nursing was founded.

Dormitories were in small cottages, south of the old hospital site at Broadway and Division Streets.

Classrooms were located on the ground floor of the hospital.

The first students entered on November 1, 1920.

Sister M. Lilosa Limacher became the first Director.

1922

The school became accredited by the Department of Registration and Education, State of Illinois.

The first graduation ceremonies were held on October 27 with 17 seniors (10 sisters and seven lay students receiving diplomas at Saint John’s Hall.)

1924

Nurse’s home residence for students built.

Sr. M. Priscilla began continuous service as school director.

Photo below: Student nurses (1924) with the Sisters.
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1935

Course affiliation with DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois and the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois.

1938-1942

Students from St. Francis Hospital in Freeport, Illinois were affiliated for Pediatrics.

1943

A Cadet Nurse training program was inaugurated to prepare nurses to meet the needs imposed by World War II.

1946

The 500th graduate of the school received her diploma.

Photo below: Graduating class, 1933.


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1950-1957

Students from St. Charles School of Nursing in Aurora began pre-clinical affiliation.

1951-1952

Students from St. Mary School of Nursing in LaSalle began affiliation for Obstetrics.

1953

Students began Psychiatric affiliation with Fergus Falls State Hospital in Fergus Falls, Minnesota.

1954-1955

Students from St. Charles School of Nursing in Aurora were affiliated in Basic Science.

1955

Approved by State Board of Examiners for Psychiatric affiliation of students with Elgin State Hospital in Elgin, Illinois.

1955-1959

Students from St. Elizabeth School of Nursing in Danville, Illinois affiliated for first year.

1959-1960

Students from St. Anthony de Padua in Chicago are affiliated for the first year.

1964

Moved to temporary quarters in the new hospital building on January 26.

Students participated in the big day of moving patients.

On July 1, 1964, St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing became the first day school of nursing in the state of Illinois.

1967

Sr. Priscilla retired, and Margaret Brophy was appointed Director.

1970

Lois Benich named Director.

1970’s

The population in Joliet began to change. There was an increase in "non-traditional" student enrollment. Many students are older, returning to prepare for a new career.

Increasing numbers of graduates plan to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing.

1970

Authorized by Illinois Department of Registration and Education to offer Psychiatric nursing on site.

1973

Course affiliation established with Joliet Junior College.

1987

Following an extensive needs assessment, the decision was made to become an upper division college. Approval was given to confer the baccalaureate degree in nursing and change the name to "Saint Joseph College of Nursing."

Lois Benich is appointed President.

1989

The last class graduates from the diploma program.

1987-1994

The first B.S.N. class was admitted in August of 1988 and graduated in 1990. The baccalaureate nursing program received approval from the Illinois Board of Professional Regulation (1987) and the Illinois Board of Professional Education (1987), accreditation from the National League for Nursing (1994) and accreditation from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (1992).

1992

Accredited by the Northern Central Association of Colleges and Universities (NCA).

1994

Accredited by the National League for Nursing (NLN).

Lois Benich retires; Dr. Virginia E. Keck named President.

1995

Enrollment reaches 185 students.

The Saint Joseph College of Nursing celebrates its 75th Anniversary.

1997-1998

On January 1, Saint Joseph College of Nursing became a division of the College of St. Francis and took on the Allied Health Programs. A year later, the move to university status was formalized and on January 1, 1998, the division was renamed the College of Nursing and Allied Health.

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