For more than 60 years, many of our alumni have gone on to become national health care and nursing leaders. The College has continued in Dean Dorothy M. Smith’s vision, pursuing excellence in nursing education, while tackling the most pressing concerns facing health care and nursing.

The UF College of Nursing instituted Florida’s first nurse practitioner program and Florida ‘s first PhD in Nursing Science program. The College continues to pioneer advances in nursing education.

Today’s nursing students at UF are among the best prepared in the nation and will go on to become the leaders of tomorrow.

In an attempt to obtain an accurate and comprehensive history of the College we have partnered with the UF Oral History Department. Oral Histories have been obtained from individuals who participated in the earliest development of the College. You can read their accounts the Oral History Collections.

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In this video that was produced to be shown to the class of junior nursing students, Professor Emeritus Jodi Irving takes viewers on a historical tour of the College of Nursing, highlighting prominent historical moments in each decade.

Some photos from our history: