Cabarrus College of Health Sciences evolved from the Cabarrus County Hospital School of Nursing, founded by Louise Harkey in 1942 as a three-year diploma program to meet the demand for registered nurses during World War II.

February 2, 1942: Sixteen students enter the new nursing school.

1940s- 50s: Dormitory, recreation, auditorium and classroom space expansion to accommodate enrollment growth.

1963: National League for Nursing (NLN) awards accreditation to the school. 

1973: Curriculum revision shortens program to two years; North Carolina Board of Nursing approves the school as the first two-year, hospital-based nursing diploma program in North Carolina.

1988: Nursing diploma program transformed to meet the standards for Associate Degree in Nursing. 

1992: Officially renamed as the Louise Harkey School of Nursing to mark the school’s 50th anniversary and to honor its founder. 

1996: The Louise Harkey School of Nursing becomes the cornerstone of the new Cabarrus College of Health Sciences, renamed in preparation for launching new allied health programs.  

1997-2003: Medical Assistant, Surgical Technology, Nurse Aid, Occupational Therapy Assistant and Associate of Science programs added, along with Bachelor of Science degrees in Nursing (BSN) and Health Services Leadership and Management.  

2004: The College partners with the NorthEast Foundation and the community to fund and build  present facility on the campus of Carolinas HealthCare System NorthEast.

2005-2013: Additional programs added including Pharmacy Technology, certificate programs in Computed Tomography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Bachelor of Science degrees in Medical Imaging and Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, and an online RN to BSN. 

2014: First master’s degree (Occupational Therapy) program added. 

2017: Graduates of Occupational Therapy Assistant and Nursing gained the opportunity to earn Healing Touch Certification, International Association of Infant Massage Certification, and become registered Yoga Alliance Teachers through elective coursework.  

Close