During the 20th century the College evolved into the vibrant educational program it is today. As mid-century became the end of the 20th century, the College was well positioned to lead in educating its students for the rigors of health care in the 21st century. The development of a baccalaureate program in nursing in the 1960s led to initiatives such as the Caring for the Community Initiative developed in the 1980s by Dean Maureen Keefe.
In 1997 distance education marked the beginning of a new era for the College of Nursing as it responded to the growing need to provide educational access and mobility to learners seeking undergraduate, graduate and continuing education.
In 2000 the College of Nursing began a doctoral program in nursing, offering a PhD through the College of Graduate Studies, and in 2002 Dr. Gail Stuart was appointed Dean of the College of Nursing with a shared appointment in the College of Medicine.
From its beginnings in the 19th century, the College of Nursing has grown to offer world-class educational opportunities for nursing students who will serve in our 21st century world.