SBHE approves new name: UND College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines


Kate Menzies

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College of Nursing & Professional Disciplines


The North Dakota State Board of Higher Education today approved a name change for the University of North Dakota College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines to more accurately reflect the make-up of the College.

It will now be known as the "College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines." The SBHE approved the change during its regular monthly meeting, which convened today at Lake Region Community College in Devils Lake.

The board's action follows a vote of the College's faculty to change the title so that other disciplines within the College, such as Social Work and Nutrition and Dietetics, would be equally represented. The new name will encompass the various disciplines and unify the College departments, according to Denise Korniewicz [Kor-NEEA-Witz], dean of the College.

"We are delighted to have our new College name that reflects the inter-disciplinary nature of healthcare today," said Dean Korniewicz. "We are excited to move forward with professionals in the area of social work, nutrition and dietetics, and nursing, to educate outstanding health care providers to meet the needs of our citizens in North Dakota."

About the College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines:

UND first established a course for training nurses in cooperation with a number of hospitals in 1910. UND granted its first nursing degrees in 1951.

The SBHE officially established the title of the nursing program as the "College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines" in 1959, and it received full accreditation in December of 1963. The College was able to move into its current location on campus in 1976.

The UND College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines offers both undergraduate and graduate programs of study in nursing, including RN-BSN and RN-MS distance delivered degrees. The graduate program started in 1982, when the first graduate students were admitted into the program.

The master's program comprises six tracks: psychiatric/mental health, family nurse practitioner, public/community health, nurse anesthesia, nursing education, and gerontology. The College also offers a Ph.D. program to prepare nurses for roles as nurse scientists and faculty. The first Ph.D. students were admitted in the spring of 2003. The Nutrition and Dietetics department offers twomajors in dietetics and community nutrition, and a minor in Nutrition. The department of Social Work provides both undergraduate and graduate degrees as well.

The College strives to provide a quality education for students by emphasizing: the integration of research, teaching, practice and service to meet regional, state, national and global needs; develop critical thinking and intellectual inquiry; educate in a caring and culturally inclusive environment and the nurture leadership and professional qualities in its students and faculty.

In 2009, UND celebrated 100 years of a nursing presence on campus and 50 years as a College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines.