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Founded in 1953 as the first baccalaureate nursing program in the Commonwealth, the College of Nursing at UMass Amherst has prepared candidates to enter the nursing profession for over sixty years. Under the direction of Dean Mary Maher, the college early on established a reputation for academic rigor and intellectual achievement. Offering its first masters degrees beginning in 1967, the College earned the distinction of offering both the state's first publicly-supported doctoral program (1994) and the first Doctor of Nursing Practice (2009).
To celebrate its 60th anniversary in 2013, the College of Nursing collaborated with the University Libraries' Department of Special Collections and University Archives to conduct an oral history project designed to capture the experiences and memories of nursing alumni and faculty throughout the years. Under the guidance of a committee headed by long-time professor Ann Sheridan and alumna Winona Moeller, the project thus far has resulted in 18 interviews with 26 participants.
Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries