About the Keigwin School of Nursing

Our History and Our Future

In 1981, a chronic shortage of nurses in Jacksonville coupled with the concern about nurses’ clinical preparation, prompted top-level managers of Baptist Medical Center to contact administrators at JU regarding the possibility of initiating a generic baccalaureate nursing program. An advisory committee which consisted of master’s prepared nurses within the Baptist Medical Center system assisted in the development of the curriculum. The Florida Board of Nursing granted Provisional Approval to the JU SON in February 1982. Faculty was hired in the spring of 1983, and the first class was admitted in fall 1983. The first class of seven students graduated in June 1986. Initial accreditation by the National League for Nursing was applied for and received in 1988. The school has maintained full accreditation since that time, first through NLN, and, since 1998, from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Historic Timeline 

1983 first cohort admitted to traditional BSN

1991 first cohort admitted to completion program (RN-BSN)

2000 second degree (accelerated) BSN program started

2000 MSN degree was first offered (EDU/ADMIN)

2001 RN-BSN was first offered online

2007 Family Nurse Practitioner with ENP sub-specialization began

2011 first cohort admitted to Doctor of Nursing Practice degree

2013 MSN cognates changed to Leadership and Clinical Nurse Educator

2015 first cohort admitted to BSN-DNP

2016 RN-MSN and MSN cognate for Nursing Informatics began

2016 Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner began

2017 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner began

2017 SON becomes the Keigwin School of Nursing

2019 Graduate Nursing moves to the newly built Health Sciences Complex 

2019 Undergraduate Nursing is now housed solely in the BRCHS building

2021 12-month ABSN program started in August

2023 12-month ABSN Palm Coast ABSN program started in January

2023 12-month ABSN partnership with Mayo Clinic announced

JU is the proud home to the Keigwin School of Nursing, thanks to a multi-million dollar gift from Beverly and Jack Keigwin that was announced on March 1, 2017. The Keigwin’s donation is the largest in the nursing school’s 37 year history. Jack Keigwin, former Board of Trustee member, executive-in-residence and friend to the University said the gift is one of the most meaningful ones he and his wife have made. Beverly Keigwin, a former nurse, and successful business woman has devoted her time, energy, and passion to the nursing students.


Jack and Beverly Keigwin with President Cost


(From left: Beverly Keigwin, Jack Keigwin, and President Tim Cost in 2017)

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2800 University Blvd N
Jacksonville, FL 32211

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(904) 256-8000