John R. and Kathy R. Hairston College of Health and Human Sciences

N.C. A&T School of Nursing 65th Anniversary


In 1953, the School of Nursing at North Carolina A&T State University began a long history of preparing Aggie nurse leaders. From the United States Armed Services, to health care systems with national recognition across North Carolina and the world, Aggie nurses are contributing to the health care of the nation.

Sixty-five years later we continue our mission to provide an environment of academic excellence in which to educate and prepare students to become professional nurses committed to lifelong learning, scholarly inquiry, civility and service which will enhance the health and wellness of diverse communities. Over the past 65 years the nursing profession has seen many changes and the School of Nursing has maintained core values of accountability, responsibility and professionalism, to prepare the foundation of graduates for entry into nursing practice.

Beginning with 15 graduates in 1957, the School of Nursing has educated and trained professional nurses with a passion for meeting the needs of individuals in our ever-evolving world. From a twenty-one-day clinical assignment on the tuberculosis unit 65 years ago, to real life clinical scenarios in the state-of-the-art Union Square Campus, the School has stayed abreast of the changes in health care. The School has continued to develop nurses for the workforce needs of today.

It is an exciting time to be in nursing. Changes are occurring in the world which impact health care. The nurse of the future needs to be prepared with the capability to evaluate and synthesize additional information, the capability to adapt to an ever-changing environment, and the willingness to continue education as knowledge expands and health care delivery systems progress. With the support of the University, Alumni and the Community, the School of Nursing is excited about maintaining relevance and viability for 65 years.


Terry D. Ward, Ph.D., RN
Director and Associate Professor, School of Nursing
Associate Dean, College of Health and Human Sciences