Kettering College Historical Timeline


Radiologic sciences and imaging training begins, later becoming the Kettering Memorial Hospital School of Radiologic Technology

A fully academic nursing program, developed by Anna May Vaughan, is accredited by the State Board of Nursing; it is the first of its type in the region.

Kettering College opens its door to just over 100 freshmen, a result of Virginia W. Kettering’s vision for the Charles F. Kettering Hospital: “It will be necessary for the hospital to become involved in preparing young people for satisfying lives of service here and in the other institutions in various parts of the world.” The College opened under the leadership of George B. Nelson, with William Sanborn as the first dean.

An Ohio state charter is granted to Kettering College to conduct instruction in the arts, sciences, and allied health professions, turning Kettering Hospital into the Kettering Medical Center. The College achieves correspondent standing from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Kettering College graduates its first class of diet technology, medical records technology, nursing, radiologic technology, respiratory therapy technology, cooking and baking, engineering and maintenance, food service management, housekeeping management, and laundry management students. Full regional accreditation is granted, making the college’s nursing program the first academic nursing curriculum in the region.

The respiratory care program receives accreditation.

The physician assistant studies program, one of the first in the nation, receives accreditation.

The College’s medical sonography program receives full accreditation.

The National League for Nursing accredits Kettering College’s nursing program.

Full accreditation to confer baccalaureate degrees is granted by the Ohio Board of Regents and the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The Division of Extension Education and Professional Training was created to provide short-term, high-intensity, certificate-bearing courses for Kettering Medical Center Network and the Dayton community.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree receives full accreditation; Dr. Charles Scriven takes office as the fifth President.

The Anna May Vaughan-Winton Beaven Service Learning Honors Program enrolls its first class.

The Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) degree and the Bachelor of Science in Human Biology curriculum — a pre-medical and pre-dentistry program — receive accreditation. College enrollment reaches 830 students, with 55 full-time faculty, more than 140 clinical sites for training, and more than 200 adjunct faculty and clinical supervisors. The Boonshoft Center for Medical Sciences opens, providing greatly needed space for new classrooms, laboratories, library, student activities, and offices. The class of 2006, comprising 215 graduates, is the second-largest in Kettering College history.

At the 39th annual commencement ceremonies in April 2007, degrees and certificates are conferred upon 237 students, the largest graduating class to date.

In December 2007, the first class of MPAS students graduated.

The Anna May Vaughan Center for Nursing Education opened in January 2008, in the space that was formerly the college library.

The Margaret L. Rodenburg Graduate Scholar Award is introduced. The student who is designated a Rodenburg Graduate Scholar epitomizes scholarly and professional excellence, and stands out, too, for both “leadership” and “service.” The award pays homage to a teacher who began working at the college in 1969, only two years after it opened, and who has not only loved the college, but also honored its spirit, ever since. The Rodenburg medal contains, from the Gospel of Matthew, this inscription: “Freely you have received, freely give.”

In early 2009, new diagnostic medical sonography and physician assistant learning labs opened.

A new physics lab and new classroom, along with a suite of offices, were opened in the areas that connected the dormitory building and the Boonshoft Center on the lower level.

The opening enrollment of 938 for fall semester 2011 was the highest count to date.

In April 2011, a new record of 282 students received degrees and certificates at the school's 43rd annual commencement.

With a total of 981 students enrolled for fall semester 2012, Kettering College posted its highest opening enrollment in the 45-year history of the school.

Alexander Bryan, DMin, was named the sixth president of Kettering College in April 2013, replacing the retiring Charles Scriven.

New labs, classrooms, and offices were renovated for the respiratory care and radiology programs. The bookstore was also remodeled and reopened as "The Campus Corner", as well as a new administration wing renovation on the second floor of Kettering College. 

In July 2014, the first BSN class graduated. 

Nate Brandstater, PhD, was named the seventh president of Kettering College in February.