History of College

In 1903, Saint Luke’s Hospital established a diploma school of nursing and offered a three-year program of coursework. Three students enrolled under the direction of Miss Eleanor Keely. Miss Virginia Pate was the first graduate of the diploma program in 1906.
 
There were many changes in the 1920s, including the relocation of the hospital. A nurses’ residence was also built at what was then Mill Creek and 44th Streets. In 1946, a four-story building was built to accommodate classrooms, laboratories, a library, offices, and residence space for approximately 200 students. Then in 1972, the library was moved to the Helen F. Spencer Center for Education. The student residence was relocated to 4545 Washington Street in 1987.
 
In 1985, Saint Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing faculty conducted an in-depth study of the issues and challenges facing nursing education in the 21st century. They concluded that nursing educators needed to offer a bachelor’s degree, as national trends shifted away from diploma programs.
 
In the fall of 1991, the first class of students was admitted into the newly designed baccalaureate program. In 1992, the last diploma program class graduated, bringing the total number of diploma graduates to 3,047. 
 
On August 29, 2010, the College was renamed Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences in conjunction with a change to a private, not-for-profit corporation status with Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City the single shareholder. The partnership between the Hospital and the College is critical to the continued success of the College.
 
In 2015, the master’s degree in nursing and post-graduate APRN certificate program at Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences was fully accredited at the October 19-22, 2015 CCNE Board meeting.
 
In 2018, the Higher Learning Commission approved a student body change, expanding the Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences student body, to now offering the Associate of Science in Allied Health and Medical Assisting as well as the Associate of Arts degree in Allied Health. These new program offerings expanded the breadth of offerings, to now allow first-time freshmen to the College, offering a General Education Core, that focuses on multiculturalism, and the health sciences professions. 
 
Furthermore, the College continues to support the nursing profession, now offering the Family Nurse Practitioner Masters of Science in Nursing. 
 

Historical Highlights

  • 1885: All Saints Hospital was opened at 10th and Campbell Streets.
  • 1887: The training school for nurses was established.
  • 1903: Saint Luke’s Hospital was declared the legal successor of All Saints Hospital and the School of Nursing was established as a department of Saint Luke’s Hospital-Kansas City. There were three students enrolled under the direction of Miss Eleanor Keely.
  • 1906: Miss Virginia Pate was the first graduate of the diploma program.
  • 1920: The School of Nursing relocated to a new hospital and a nurses’ residence was built at the site, which was then on Mill Creek and 44th Streets.
  • 1946: A four-story building was erected to accommodate classrooms, laboratories, library, offices, and residence space for approximately 200 students.
  • 1972: The library was moved to the Helen F. Spencer Center for Education.
  • 1991: The first class of students was admitted in fall for baccalaureate nursing education.
  • 1992: The class diploma students graduated with a total of 3,047 diploma graduates since 1906.
  • 1994: The College received accreditation as a baccalaureate degree-granting institution.
  • 2010: The College Board adopted a master plan to grow the institution fivefold and become financially independent from Saint Luke’s Hospital—Kansas City by 2015 (both goals were met by 2013).
  • 2010: Eighteen classes have completed coursework resulting in 867 graduates from
    the BSN degree program.
  • 2010: The College was renamed Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences in conjunction with a change to a private, not-for-profit and corporation status.
  • 2011: Saint Luke’s College was moved from a location on Ward Parkway into a newly renovated building on Westport Road.
  • 2012: The Graduate Program was launched with Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Educator Degrees and Certificates.
  • 2013: A Peer Mentoring program was established to provide tutoring to students enrolled in the BSN program.
  • 2015: The RN-BSN Track was created for nurses in a fully online format.
  • 2015: The master’s degree in nursing and post-graduate APRN certificate program
    was accredited on February 2, 2015.
  • 2015: The Peer Mentoring program was expanded into a Student Success Center with a range of tutoring and academic workshops for students in nursing programs.
  • 2017: The first class of Family Nurse Practitioner students enrolled in the fall to earn a
    master’s degree in nursing.
  • 2018: With approval from The Higher Learning Commission, the College began offering general education courses and associate level degrees in January 2018.
  • 2018: The first General Education Program began offering 63 credit hours of courses featuring a health care and multicultural perspective across the curriculum.
  • 2018: The first cohort of adjunct instructors in nursing and allied health programs enrolled in the newly developed Adjunct Academy made possible through a grant from the Missouri State Department of Nursing.
  • 2018: The College began enrolling students in the Associate of Science in Allied Health and Medical Assisting, and in the Associate of Arts degree in Allied Health.
  • 2018: For the first time since 1903, the College welcomed first-time freshmen students into the associate degree programs.