History of Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences

Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences (Baptist College) was chartered in December 1994 as a specialized college, offering baccalaureate degrees in nursing (BSN) and health sciences (BHS). The college’s educational roots began more than 100 years ago in 1912, when Baptist Memorial Hospital opened and started the School of Nursing at the same time. Approximately 4,700 diploma nurses graduated from the school and have been employed throughout the United States and abroad. The last diploma class graduated in May 1997. Baptist College now offers professional nursing education through the baccalaureate program with a traditional nursing track for beginning students and a RN-BSN completion track for licensed nurses.  

The allied health majors also began as hospital-based programs within Baptist Memorial Hospital. The first program was medical radiography, which began in 1956. In response to the need for advanced specialization, nuclear medicine technology was added in 1961, radiation therapy in 1975, and diagnostic medical sonography in 1986. Respiratory care has evolved from a hospital-based program in the 1960s to a clinical site for regional respiratory educational programs. Building upon this history, the Baptist College offers a baccalaureate degree in respiratory care. In this major, certified clinicians may also enroll in completion programs that lead to a baccalaureate degree. Approximately 1,000 graduates of these hospital-based programs have been employed in a variety of settings.

Health care management was offered for the first time in 2004, and medical laboratory science enrolled its first class in fall 2012. Biomedical sciences began as a new baccalaureate major in fall 2013.

The Baptist College now offers baccalaureate majors in biomedical sciences, health care management, diagnostic medical sonography, medical laboratory science, medical radiography, nuclear medicine technology, nursing, radiation therapy, and respiratory therapy.

Baptist College recently celebrated the significant milestone of 100 years of health care education, demonstrating the tradition of excellence that began in 1912 continues today and into the future.