March 22, 1971.
On this day, IUPUI officials announced a cooperative program between the Indiana University School of Nursing and Marian College in Indianapolis to train students for the bachelor of science degree in nursing (B.S.N.). The program meant that students could enroll at Marian College for their first two years to take liberal arts and sciences courses, and then enroll in the School of Nursing at the IU Medical Center to study nursing in a clinical setting for two years. The new arrangement would transfer the actual grades that students took at Marian, not just the credit hours. Students would not lose G.P.A. and class standings. Financial aid arrangements would also carry over.
Previously, B.S.N. students had to enroll in classes located at IU-Bloomington and live there for at least the first year. The new program would allow students to live in Indianapolis, either at home or at Marian College dorms. Later, students could continue to live at home or on the Medical Center campus. First and second-year students at Marian would be able to do hospital-based field work, something that students at other campuses, including Bloomington, could not do.
The collaboration with Marian College was one of several innovations achieved by resourceful IUPUI leaders like School of Nursing dean Emily Holmquist to provide new educational opportunities for the Indianapolis community.
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