Our legacy began in 1902 with the founding of Jewish Hospital School of Nursing. Dedicated to the tradition of learning and to the value of health care without discrimination, it was one of the first schools in the nation accredited by the National League of Nursing. By the early 1990s, the school had expanded to a college offering associate, bachelor, and master degrees in nursing and allied health programs.
Barnes Hospital School of Nursing began its own journey in 1955. Founded after Washington University closed its affiliated nursing program, the school eventually lent its name so that its students could earn a four-year bachelor of nursing degree through the Barnes College of Nursing at University of Missouri-St. Louis.
In 2005, the Barnes College name returned to Barnes-Jewish Hospital as it merged the strengths and legacies of both hospital nursing programs into the Barnes-Jewish College of Nursing and Allied Health. At this point, the hospital observed that advances in technology and patient care were rapidly changing the nursing profession.
The hospital made a bold decision to invest in the future of health care by transforming our college’s teaching, learning, and research capabilities in nursing. Other educational institutions absorbed our college’s allied health programs as we phased out the associate degree in nursing. In 2007, after a generous gift by philanthropist Alvin Goldfarb, we began a new era in nursing education as the Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College.
The Washington University Medical Center campus, formed by our college, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine, and St. Louis College of Pharmacy exposes students to every specialty in health care. Ours is one of the only nursing programs nationally in an academic, clinical setting that includes two top 10, Magnet-status hospitals.
Today, Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College’s bachelor and master degree programs are fully accredited by the highest national authority, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). We are accredited regionally by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). We have approval from the Missouri Coordinator Board for Higher Education (MCBHE).
We are a Laerdal Center of Educational Excellence, a prestigious group recognized for breaking new ground in nursing education and exhibiting distinction in the field of “helping save lives.” Laerdal is the developer of SimMan, the leading patient simulator for nursing and medical school education. Laerdal Centers are held up as examples for designing and implementing exceptional education programs.
With our commitment to fostering the best in technology, curriculum, faculty, students, and clinical simulation learning, Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College will perpetuate a legacy of helping exceptional people become exceptional nurses.