In 1965, the North Carolina General Assembly honored the request of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro for appropriations to establish a School of Nursing which would offer a program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The School open in September 1966 with Dr. Eloise R. Lewis serving as the first Dean.
Preliminary planning for the new School of Nursing building began in the fall of 1966. In 1967, funds for the building were appropriated by the General Assembly enabling the architect to compete the final drawings. Construction began on July 2, 1968 and the building was officially opened for use on October 5, 1969.
In 1967, the School of Nursing received formal approval from the North Carolina Board of Nursing to become the eighth baccalaureate program in nursing in the state and the first whose curriculum was initially design with an upper division major in nursing. In 1970, the School of Nursing received full accreditation from the National League for Nursing.
The following year, in 1971, the first male student was admitted to the Nursing School.
In 1976, a Masters of Science in Nursing degree program was established at the Nursing School. In 2005, the School of Nursing created a Ph.D. program in Nursing.
- Eloise R. Lewis (1966-1985)
- Patricia Chamings (1985-1990)
- Lynne G. Pearcey (1991- 2013)
- Robin E. Remsburg (2013- )