John Brown University applied to the Arkansas State Board of Nursing and received unanimous approval in 2013 to begin a Nursing Program. This $12 million project will include the construction and endowment of a state-of-the art nursing facility, equipment and program endowment. In October of 2013 a lead gift of $6 million was given which allowed JBU to enroll its first class of pre-nursing students for the fall 2014 semester. The Health Education Building will be complete by fall 2016, in time for the inaugural class of nursing students to begin their coursework in the new facility.
In 1988, JBU constructed the Walton Lifetime Health Complex with a generous lead gift from Mr. and Mrs. Sam Walton. The WLHC was designed to serve both JBU students and Siloam Springs residents, and it has fulfilled that purpose for the last 28 years. Due to increased usage and the age of the facility, significant renovation is needed to continue serving students and patrons well. JBU has received support from the City of Siloam Springs for in-kind services as well as $500,000 toward this $5.5 million project. Once completed, the Walton Lifetime Health Complex will boast a new, more accessible public entrance, a renovated and expanded HVAC system, new pool deck and mechanical systems, new locker rooms and expanded and improved fitness areas.