Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

ADN Nursing Celebrates Golden Anniversary

Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

ADN Nursing Celebrates Golden Anniversary

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Weber State University of Ogden, Utah, is celebrating its 50th anniversary as one of seven nursing programs selected by Dr. Mildred Montag in 1953 to offer a two-year, college-based associate degree program. Today, WSU offers students the option to earn a degree as an associate degree registered nurse or a baccalaureate registered nurse, or a certificate as a practical nurse. Through its outreach programs, the school provides nursing education to virtually every community throughout the state of Utah and to selected rural communities throughout Alaska. Well over 7,000 men and women have graduated its nursing programs.

Shortly after World War II, with the United States embroiled in the Korean conflict, the nation faced the gravest nursing shortage in modern history. Mildred Montag, director of Adelphi College's School of Nursing and a doctoral student at Teacher's College, Columbia University, proposed the associate degree model as a time-efficient and realistic alternative for educating technical registered nurses. She posited that both the three-year hospital-based diploma program, as well as the four-year university-based baccalaureate program, were excessively time intensive. …

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