The School of Nursing was approved by the LAU Board of Trustees in 2007.
A generous gift from benefactors Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury named the school in honor of his mother — Alice Ramez Chagoury School of Nursing.
Planning for the school began in 2007, with an advisory committee of six leading nurses in Lebanon was commissioned by LAU to write the feasibility study for the school, which was approved by the Board of trustees. In 2009, Nancy Hoffart, Ph.D., RN, was hired as founding dean and professor to continue with the planning of the school. The first B.S.N. clas enrolled in fall 2010. Myrna A.A. Doumit, Ph.D., RN was hired as assistant dean and associate professor in spring 2011 and other faculty were hired in subsequent years. Students from all areas of Lebanon are now enrolled in the school, and the first class graduated in July 2013.
The launch of ARCSON parallels the opening of the Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine in 2009. LAU was granted licensure for both schools, with a vision of interprofessional education and modern modes of instruction. The physical facility for ARCSON is unique as it will be in the same building as the School of Medicine.
Dr. Hoffart engages prospective students in a CPR demonstration in Beirut, spring 2010.