St. Elizabeth School of Nursing is a diploma school of nursing located in Lafayette, Indiana. It has long been affiliated with Saint Joseph's College in Rensselaer, Indiana. St. Elizabeth is the only diploma school of nursing in the state of Indiana. The school began in 1875 when the Sisters of St. Francis traveled from Germany to the United States to establish St. Elizabeth Hospital. In 1897, they opened the St. Elizabeth Hospital School of Nursing as a training school for members of their order. By 1937, the community's need for nurses had grown so great that the school began admitting lay students. The school offers professional nursing certifications only.