History of College

The history of Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences begins in 1887 when All Saints Hospital opened a training school for nurses. Then in 1903, Saint Luke’s Hospital was declared legal successor of All Saints Hospital and incorporated the nursing program as a department within the hospital. 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.
 

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 the Hospital. 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 the fall for baccalaureate nursing education at Saint Luke’s College School of Nursing.
  • 1992: The final class graduated from the diploma program culminating in 3,047 students having received their nursing diploma from Saint Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing.
  • 1994: The College received accreditation as a baccalaureate degree granting institution.
  • 2010: College Board adopted a master plan to grow the institution five-fold and become financially independent from the Hospital 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 their 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.
  • 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 at Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences was fully accredited on February 2, 2015.