In September 1973, following studies conducted in the 1960’s by interested community health care administrators and nurse educators revealing a need for a baccalaureate nursing program, Wright State University College of Nursing and Health started the first baccalaureate nursing program with sixty-one students. In 2013, about 700 undergraduate students were enrolled. The undergraduate programs include a traditional and RN-BSN for licensed registered nurses who wish to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. The College of Nursing and Health first received full accreditation from the National League for Nursing in May 1976. The latest full accreditation was awarded by Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education in November 2014 for the maximum of 10 years.
In January 1978, the College of Nursing and Health admitted the first students to its master’s program. Just a year and a half later, in June 1979, the first graduates completed the program. Within six months, the College received accreditation from the National League for Nursing for a period of eight years for the masters program. Currently, approximately 220 students are enrolled in the graduate program. Beginning in 1993, a number of graduate specialties were added to the master’s program, including Family Nurse Practitioner, Child and Adolescent Health, Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nursing Administration, and Nursing Education. In April 2005, the College of Nursing and Health received full accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education for 10 years. The Doctorate of Nursing Practice was started in January 2008. Two additional graduate programs, the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program began in Fall 2013, and a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner program began in Fall 2014.
In June 1984, the school entered into a collaborative agreement with the Division of Nursing at Miami Valley Hospital to form a Center for Excellence in nursing education. This agreement affords unique opportunities for research, clinical practice, and education. The College of Nursing and Health has contracts with 48 other agencies in the area which are used for clinical experiences and research.
In 1993, H.B. 478 established Wright State and Case Western Reserve universities as Advanced Practice Nursing pilot projects. This legislation allows advanced practice nurses to be reimbursed through the Ohio Department of Human Services and gives advanced practice nurses prescriptive authority. ODHS has established rules and regulations for reimbursement of advanced practice nurses. The bill requires a formulary committee of advanced practice nurses appointed by the Ohio Board of Nursing, MDs appointed by the Ohio Board of Medicine, a pharmacist appointed by the Ohio Board of Pharmacy and the State Commissioner of Health to recommend rules and regulations for prescriptive authority, develop a formulary, and approve prescriptive protocols for advanced practice nurses in the pilot projects.