College of Health Professions

College of Health Professions

College of Health Professions: Filling a Critical Niche in Society

The College of Health Professions, which comprises the Lienhard School of Nursing and Pace University-Lenox Hill Hospital Physician Assistant (PA) Program, challenges students of the health professions to be innovators and leaders who will positively impact global health care. As the demand for health care workers continues to grow, Pace has excelled at equipping students to meet the changing needs of the system: 2011 PA graduates who took the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants certifying examination earned a 100 percent pass rate; and in the first quarter of 2012 Lienhard nursing students scored a 100 percent pass rate on the recent National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses.

The College also makes its mark on the community through a variety of unique initiatives:

  • Nursing students work with the Henry Street Settlement on the Lower East Side, providing health care services to under-served patients.
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students work with clinical partners throughout the five boroughs, including New York Presbyterian Hospital and Visiting Nurse Services of New York, Elmhurst, and Montefiore. Recently, four DNP students partnered with a family health center in the Bronx to implement a new model of care for type 2 diabetes patients. This model is now being considered for implementation within the Veterans Affairs system.
  • The College received more than $2 million in Health Resources and Services Administration grants to prepare primary care providers in anticipation of health care reform and help address the shortage of primary care providers in New York City.
  • In 2012, the College launched a new lab, which includes state-of-the-art simulation centers, and is accessible to clinical partners.

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