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About the School of Nursing

D'Youville Nursing students in clinical lab classroom.

Since establishing the region's first baccalaureate degree in nursing in 1942, the D'Youville School of Nursing has been a leader in nursing education.

Welcome Message

The faculty and I are committed to providing a learning environment that capitalizes on the strengths and goals that students in our baccalaureate, masters and doctoral programs bring trusting that we will provide them with the knowledge and experiences to excel in the discipline of nursing. The School of Nursing, as the first baccalaureate program in Western New York, has a tradition and heritage of providing excellent nurses to contribute to the health of the community.

The strengths of our programs include:

  • Mission and values based curricula with a strong focus on evidence based practice;
  • Faculty who are expert teachers and highly competent practitioners;
  • Individualized personal attention;
  • An environment where diverse student populations thrive; and
  • Graduates who have excelled in nursing at the bedside, as leaders of interdisciplinary teams and as chief nursing officers and presidents of major health care organizations.

The quality of our programs is the result of a cadre of excellent faculty who are in tune with today's students and what is happening in nursing and in health care. They are well positioned to prepare nurses for the 21st century and beyond. I look forward to welcoming you to D'Youville and into our School of Nursing Family.


Judith H. Lewis EdD, RN
Dean Emeritus, School of Nursing

History of the School of Nursing

Seven Decades of Excellence

The Grey Nuns founded D'Youville College in 1908 and named it for their patron Saint Marie-Marguerite d'Youville. It was the first college in Western New York to offer baccalaureate degree programs for women. Consistent with the D'Youville mission, programs within the School of Nursing prepare students for leadership and service within the profession.

Nursing at D’Youville has experienced tremendous growth and change over the past seven decades:


Established the region's first baccalaureate degree in nursing.


The first D'Youville nursing class graduates.


Present-day ALT Building is constructed to house the School of Nursing.


Male students admitted.


Highest Nursing enrollment in D'Youville history: 1,107 nursing students.


Zeta Nu Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, the Honor Society of Nursing, established at D'Youville.


Masters in nursing program established with Family Nurse Practitioner (MS) program.


Family Nurse Practitioner Post-Masters Certificate program established.


Department of Nursing becomes the School of Nursing


Nursing undergraduate enrollment encompasses 35% of all D’Youville students.


High-fidelity simulation comes to D'Youville. Doctor of Nursing Practice program is established with Family Nurse Practitioner (DNP) program.


Fully-online RN to BSN program launches.