IWU initiates baccalaureate nursing education under the direction of Dr. Jean Jackson Morton George. The program focuses on the discipline of nursing and is supported by courses from the humanities and the natural and social sciences. Post-high-school students are admitted to the University and apply for admission to the nursing major during the second semester of their freshman year. Students begin the nursing major as first-semester sophomores.
The Division of Nursing graduates the first class of 33 students.
The Division of Nursing is accredited by the National League for Nursing, an accreditation that is maintained until the year 2000.
The graduate nursing program is initiated following a comprehensive needs assessment and a review of the mission and aims of the Division of Nursing and the parent organization. The decision is made to develop a single-focus master's degree program in Community Health. The graduate program received accreditation from the National League for Nursing in 1987.
The Division of Nursing and the IWU College of Adult and Professional Studies (CAPS) unit begin a collaborative effort to develop an RNBS program for the practicing registered nurse. The RNBS (Post-licensure) program aligns with the mission, philosophy, aims, objectives and curriculum of the Division of Nursing and is administered by CAPS.
Following a feasibility study in 1994, a program in Primary Care (PYC) is added to prepare nurse practitioners.
The Division of Nursing gains initial accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
The Community Health track is dropped and tracks in Nursing Administration and Nursing Education are added.
The nursing degrees are changed from a B.S. with a major in Nursing and an M.S. with a major in Nursing to a BSN and an MSN. The first cohort of students is accepted for the Transition to Nursing (TTN) track. In this program, students with a bachelor's, master's or doctorate in another discipline are admitted directly into the nursing major, completing an accelerated core-nursing curriculum.
A newly created School of Nursing begins in July following an extensive academic restructuring. The School of Nursing has its own dean and consists of three divisions: the Division of Pre-licensure Nursing, the Division of Post-licensure Nursing and the Division of Graduate Studies in Nursing.
Indiana Wesleyan University offers three academic programs leading to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree:
The pre-licensure and TTN programs are based on the IWU traditional campus in Marion, Indiana. The post-licensure program operates 12 months a year, with classes offered in online, blended or onsite formats during the day or during the evening to accommodate enrollment of working nurses.
A Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree is offered with three program tracks:
The graduate program operates 12 months a year. The Administration and Education tracks are offered online; classes for the Primary Care track require some onsite instruction in regional settings.