College of Nursing

Seton Hall University has a great heritage of research and teaching in the field of nursing, with courses offered since 1937, and a school of nursing education formally founded a few years later in 1940.

In 1971 the school was renamed the College of Nursing and, in 1973, it moved into the purpose-built Caroline D. Schwartz building which has been its home ever since.

Situated on a 58-acre main campus in South Orange, New Jersey, the College is at the center of a vibrant research and teaching community, where students and academics have found inspiration to grow and succeed for more than 150 years.

As well as being conveniently located near major road and rail links to the north and south of the state, SHU is only 14 miles from New York City, making it the ideal base from which to explore the region further.

The College is home to more than 40 full-time faculty, all of whom have a substantial record of academic achievement, and who help us to deliver the unrivaled combination of evidence-based learning and hands-on expertise that has become the hallmark of a Seton Hall education.

The quality of our faculty is complemented by the extensive facilities available to students, from advanced patient care simulation laboratories to laptop-based learning and wireless Internet access.


Some significant moments in our history:

1937 Students attend baccalaureate nursing classes under the auspices of Seton Hall College
1940 School of Nursing Education founded
1941 School begins accrediting diploma nursing programs (a forerunner of the National League for Nursing accreditation process)
1940-1945 The Industrial Nursing and Public Health Nursing programs are added
1947-1951 To serve the demand for education from nurses returning from World War II, two major courses are founded : Nursing Education and Public Heath, School & Industrial Nursing
1950 New Jersey legislature grants Seton Hall College university status
1954 Four-year baccalaureate nursing program established
1960 The National League for Nursing accredits the School of Nursing
1967 School of Nursing moves from Newark to the main South Orange campus
1971 School of Nursing renamed Seton Hall University College of Nursing to make the nursing program's position clear within the broader academic context of the University
1973 Master of Science in Nursing program offered for the first time
1975The College's honor society is chartered as the Gamma Nu Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau
1978International program with Hangzhou School of Nursing, China is established
1988Graduate program for clinical specialist in critical care established
MA in nursing education program established
MSN/MA accelerated program established
First students undertaking RN-to-BSN entirely off-campus graduate
1992College receives major research grant of $750,000 to investigate the impact of social support on caregivers of children with HIV/AIDS
13-month accelerated baccalaureate program for non-nursing graduates begins
2001Joint MSN & MBA program developed in collaboration with Seton Hall's Stillman School of Business
2002College receives a grant of $960,000 from the Department of Health and Human Services to fund the development and implementation of on-line MSN programs for nurse practitioners
2005College receives grant of over $780,000 from HRSA to fund the Ph.D. in Nursing Program
2008New Jersey Board of Nursing approves establishment of Clinical Nurse Leader program

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