About Us

Historical Sketch

The Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, New York began to plan the school of nursing in 1956. His Excellency, Bishop Justin J. McCarthy, presided at the ground-breaking ceremony on June 8, 1959. The first class of student nurses was accepted in January, 1961.

Our Lady of Lourdes School of Nursing is the only source of Catholic nursing education in southern New Jersey.

Original home of the School of Nursing

Our Lady of Lourdes School of Nursing was accredited by the New Jersey Board of Nursing in 1964 and by the National League for Nursing in 1966 and has maintained these accreditations.

In 1980, approval was given by the New Jersey Department of Higher Education for a Cooperative Program. The Cooperative program gives every student in the School of Nursing the opportunity to earn a Diploma in Nursing and, simultaneously, earn an Associate in Science degree from Camden County College. All students are eligible to participate fully in all student activities at the college and have the same rights and privileges as all other college students.

The program is designed to continue the strong clinical component at the School of Nursing and to strengthen this component with a strong academic background in the social, physical and biological sciences.

Graduates of this Cooperative Program are eligible to apply for the State Board examinations for Registered Nurse Licensure and to enter into baccalaureate nursing programs with transfer credit.

New home of the School of Nursing

New Home of Our Lady of Lourdes School of Nursing

The cornerstone of the expansion plan of Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center called for demolition of the existing School of Nursing Building located on the Vesper Boulevard side of the campus, and construction of a new state-of-the-art, 121,000-square-foot critical care tower on the same site. The new School of Nursing was built on the fifth floor of the Pavilion and opened in 2005. As the program continues to expand and to better serve our students, we are happy to announce our new location at 1 Medical Center Drive, Stratford, NJ.

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