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WSU College of Nursing celebrates 50th anniversary

The Washington State University College of Nursing is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its founding in 1969.

From the first class of 37 students, the program has produced over 10,000 graduates with more than 80% staying in Washington after graduation. The college has expanded from one cramped location in Spokane’s historic Carnegie Library to campuses and sites statewide. Now based on the WSU Health Sciences Spokane campus, it offers a range of degree options and its faculty have brought more than $14 million in research funding to WSU in the past few years.


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A sign for the Intercollegiate Center for Nursing Education.
A sign for the Intercollegiate Center for Nursing Education outside the Carnegie Library building.
Group photo of a graduating class.
First graduating class of the Intercollegiate Center for Nursing Education (now the WSU College of Nursing) in 1971.
Nursing students posing for a group photo.
Nursing students at Whitworth College campus in 1972.
People wearing masks following the eruption of Mount St. Helens.
Aftermath of the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens.
Closeup of Margaret Bruya holding a clipboard.
People’s Clinic co‑founder Margaret Bruya at the clinic in an undated photo.
Trees and exterior view of nursing building.
WSU College of Nursing building in Spokane, WA.
Nursing students and a simulation mannequin.
WSU College of Nursing BSN students practicing on a simulation mannequin.
A group of nursing students.
WSU College of Nursing BSN students in Yakima.
WSU students volunteering at a health fair.
WSU nursing, medicine and pharmacy students volunteering at a community health fair.