Covenant Health is an innovative, Catholic regional delivery network and a leader in values based, not-for-profit health and elder care. We sponsor hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living residences and other health and elder care organizations throughout New England.

History of the School of Nursing

St. Joseph Hospital officially opened its doors to patients in May 1908, and at the same time established a school for professional nursing. St. Joseph School of Nursing graduated its first class of four students in 1910. The original RN program was discontinued in 1963.

In 1964, St. Joseph School of Nursing reopened as a Practical Nursing program.  The program was in effect until 2013 when it graduated its 52nd and final class of practical nursing students.

In 2005, St. Joseph School of Nursing established an Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree program after studying community needs. Upon completion of the Associate of Science in Nursing program, graduates are eligible to take their National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

St. Joseph School of Nursing is continuing its long history of preparing individuals to practice the art and science of nursing and to meet the growing needs of the community.