Lienhard Approach to Nursing

The centrality of the liberal arts and sciences. The balance of theory with practice. The development of moral and ethical values as a basis for critical thinking and accountability. These qualities characterize the Lienhard approach to nursing.

NursingThe vision is that the Lienhard School of Nursing will be a leader in innovation and excellence in education, research, and practice in primary health care. We consider teaching and learning our highest priorities, and are committed to the integration of scholarship and practice. Our graduates have the competitive edge through our focus on highly developed clinical skills and critical thinking, evidence-based practice, cultural competence, and leadership.  Our primary health care focus is intended to promote improved health outcomes for clients.  

Lienhard School of Nursing programs consist of the: 4-year BS (offered in Pleasantville), RN/BS Completion Program (iPace), Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing or ABSN for non-nurse college graduates (offered in both New York City and Pleasantville), MS/Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), MS in Nursing Education (NE), MS in Professional Nursing Leadership (PNL), Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program (AACNP), and the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)-Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). The Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program meets the American Nurses Credentialing Center requirements for Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner certification.  The FNP, NE, PNL, and AACNP program specialties offer Certificates of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS). The following programs are hybrid with classes held both in person and on-line: FNP (classes meet on either PLV or NYC campus), FNP-DNP (classes meet on the NYC campus), Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner CAGS (classes meet on the NYC campus), AACNP-DNP Advanced Standing (classes meet on the NYC campus), and MS in Nursing Education (classes meet on either the PLV or NYC campus). 
For more than 48 years, we have been educating practitioners to deliver health care to individuals and families. Our Masters programs are nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report.  In addition, our DNP program prepares nurses for the most advanced level of clinical practice.
Our faculty of excellent teachers and clinicians partner with New York’s premier hospitals and health care organizations to share their expertise while creating unparalleled clinical experiences for Lienhard students. Students are immersed in evidence-based practice throughout their program. As a result, our graduates are prepared to be leaders in both academic and health care settings.  Pace will help you work toward the greatness within you.
The College of Health Professions has two centers that support the academic mission of the College:
  • ALPS - the Center of Excellence: Advancing Leadership, Partnerships and Scholarship.  In keeping with the College’s vision, the Center is dedicated to supporting the academic mission of the College through external funding, facilitation of faculty scholarship, student opportunities, partnerships, and leadership development.  The Center provides opportunities for faculty to develop their scholarship in education, research and practice through a variety of partnerships at the local, national, and international levels, and access to internal and external funding.  The Center facilitates student-centered learning experiences that further enhance the high quality professional education of College of Health Professions students to prepare them to embrace the professional challenges in health care in the 21st Century. The Center promotes leadership development in nursing and health care.
  • The Clinical Education Labs (CEL) offer state-of-the-art resources on both Pleasantville (PLV) and New York City (NYC) campuses.  The CEL offers a variety of clinical focused learning opportunities ranging from fundamental skills to high fidelity simulation.  This is accomplished through the utilization of a wide array of methodologies including task trainers, Human Patient Simulators and Standardized Patients (actors who play the role of patients).  Hospital-like settings and clinic simulated environments provide students an opportunity to practice skills at basic and advanced levels across the curriculum. The CEL’s equipment and design replicate various healthcare settings including pediatrics, maternity, medical-surgical and critical care units.   Human patient simulators (HPS) including METIman, SimMan Essential, SimMom, SimJunior, SimBaby allow students to practice skills, develop critical thinking and improve performance in a safe and nurturing environment through scenario-based educational experiences.  The CEL is equipped with video capture and play-back capabilities which encourage student self-reflection and opportunities to identify areas for improvement in small group debriefing sessions.