What's New Fall 2013

New labs on the Pleasantville campus of the College of Health Professions allow students to take part in simulations and enable students to practice skills, familiarize themselves with electronic medical records, and prepare medications using computerized systems to reduce the chance of error.

Our grand opening for the labs will be scheduled for November.  The labs have the latest generation of human patient simulators (HPS), along with a video capture and playback system that includes camera feeds from the simulation rooms.  The renovations enable multiple acute scenarios to take place simultaneously, so students are exposed to situations where patients need a specific course of action to be taken; these situations may not occur in a hospital every day, but students need to learn about them so they know exactly what to do when they occur.

The labs will be heavily used in the upcoming semester; in fact, according to Marybeth Carpiniello, MPA, RN, Clinical Education Labs manager, there will be more than 500 “events” in the lab this semester, from simulations to skills learning, to tutoring.

In addition to the new labs, the College of Health Professions is modifying our curriculum to meet the ever changing needs of the health care field.  CHP prides itself on being forward-thinking – anticipating the needs of the health professions and working to ensure our students will meet those needs. As a result, we are always modifying our curriculum.  Look for these exciting changes soon!

-As of January 2014, our CDP (Combined Degree Program) becomes the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing or ABSN. This change is being made based on a number of factors, including feedback from students and faculty.

-As of the fall of 2014, we will have an Acute Care Adult Nurse Practitioner program which offers the 42-credit Master’s of Science degree, and the 78-credit advanced standing ACANP-DNP. This allows you to begin practice as an ACANP, and apply to continue on and complete additional courses for your ACANP-DNP. If you are already a master’s prepared ACANP, Pace also offers a certificate of advanced graduate study for master’s prepared nurses who wish to pursue acute care adult nurse practitioner studies (36 credits), as well as nurse practitioners who wish to expand their practice through acute care adult nurse practitioner education and certification (credits determined by a Gap Analysis).

-Our Nursing Education program now confers a Master's of Science degree, and now offers a unique blend of online and on-campus classes, and individually precepted clinical practicum hours in diverse healthcare settings.  Pace’s MS in Nursing Education allows students to expand their careers while preparing for a future shaping the next generation—and practice—of nursing.

Other changes to our graduate curriculum:

-Pace’s Family Nurse Practitioner program now offers a 42-credit Master’s of Science degree, and a 78-credit advanced standing FNP-DNP. This allows you to begin practice as a FNP, or if you are already a master’s prepared FNP, to apply to continue on and complete additional courses for your FNP-DNP. Pace also offers a certificate of advanced graduate study for master’s prepared nurses who wish to pursue family nurse practitioner studies (36 credits), as well as nurse practitioners who wish to expand their practice though family nurse practitioner education and certification (credits determined by a Gap Analysis).  A leader in the field, Pace’s FNP was one of the first programs of its kind nationally to focus on family primary health care and prepare students for the FNP role in primary health care practice.  The FNP program is nationally ranked by US News and World Report.

-Lienhard will be introducing an additional new graduate program soon; the program is currently in the approval process.  Announcements and details forthcoming!