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From the Vault: Back to the Future – Spring 2024

UNC Nursing alumni Liz Kissell, ’75, M.S. ’82.

May 23, 2024

As UNC prepares to break ground on the proposed College of Osteopathic Medicine, it can be easy to lose sight of where its reputation for excellence in the health sciences and preparing generations of health care professionals started. The university’s Nursing program has been a leader in nursing education for more than 60 years and remains a highly competitive and sought-after course of study. And there is no sign of that changing any time soon. 

While some things show no signs of change, other things have changed.

When Liz Kissell, ’75, M.S. ’82, was a student at UNC, the scrubs Nursing students wore looked quite a bit different. While they may not have been very practical, there’s no denying they definitely had more personality and flare. 

Although Nursing students’ scrubs have changed and curriculum has evolved to keep up with changing requirements and discoveries to stay at the forefront, a few things have not changed. For one, the strong academic support that Nursing students receive when they walk on campus has remained a high priority. For another, the outstanding education students receive remains affordable. As the university strives to train and graduate nurses and health care providers that Colorado and its health care system desperately need, it will continue to raise the bar on Nursing education and remain one of the top Nursing schools in the country.