The College of Health Professions

The College of Health Professions

The College of Health Professions was established in 2010 in an effort to showcase the breadth of health science majors at Pace University. The College is made up of the Lienhard School of Nursing and the Pace University-Lenox Hill Hospital Physician Assistant Studies Program. The College’s vision is innovative leadership in education, practice, and scholarship for the health professions, and its mission is to educate and challenge students for the health professions to be innovators and leaders who will
positively impact global health care.

Please visit our Web site to get to know us! You will explore our undergraduate and graduate programs, meet our excellent faculty, visit our centers of excellence, learn about our organizations, and discover unlimited opportunities in the health professions.

The Lienhard School of Nursing

The Lienhard School of Nursing (LSN) is more than 46 years old, and we have many distinguished programs, faculty, and services that give students a great start to nursing practice. There are approximately 350 undergraduate nursing students, and 450 graduate nursing students including 55 doctoral students. The Lienhard School of Nursing dedicates itself to the long standing commitment of Pace University to Opportunitas

The need for well-educated, highly skilled nurses has never been greater. The profession of nursing needs people who are dedicated to providing health care to people from diverse backgrounds, at all ages and stages of life, and to a second area of need, preparation of nursing faculty. Based on our long and rich history of educating nurses, you can be confident that the Lienhard School of Nursing will prepare you for positions of responsibility in all areas of health care and nursing education.

Set within urban and suburban settings, the Lienhard School of Nursing partners with many well-known primary, acute, and tertiary care facilities and community agencies to foster human growth and dignity, and provide primary health care. We are committed to helping individuals, families, and communities at local, national, and international levels that strive to meet health care demands now and in the future. Our vision is to 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 Nursingprograms consist of the:

·         4-year BS

·         Bridge Program to Advance Degree (for RNs with a bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing)

·         Combined Degree Program (CDP) for non-nurse college graduates

·         MS/Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

·         MA in Nursing Education (NE)

·         Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The FNP and Nursing Education program specialties offer Certificates of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS). The Combined Degree Program and the FNP are offered in Pleasantville and New York City.  The 4-year BS is offered only in Pleasantville; the DNP is offered only in New York City; and the MA in Nursing Education is offered online.

For more than 46 years, we have been educating practitioners to deliver health care to individuals and families. Our FNP program is 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 -- 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 Pace University-Lenox Hill Hospital Physician Assistant Program

The Pace University-Lenox Hill Hospital Physician Assistant Program is committed to creating an academic environment that will produce superior physician assistants who possess the requisite skills, knowledge and understanding to function in diverse communities designated as health professional shortage areas, and to treat all patients with dignity, respect and compassion.  The program attracts faculty, staff and students who are dedicated to providing quality and culturally sensitive medical care.

Program Vision

The Pace University-Lenox Hill Hospital will create an academic environment that will attract faculty, staff and students who are dedicated to the Program’s mission to provide quality and culturally sensitive medical care.

Program Goals

The Pace University-Lenox Hill Hospital Physician Assistant Program is deeply committed to:

  • Developing within each student a strong foundation in the basic medical and clinical sciences to enable them to meet the life-long challenges inherent in the practice of medicine.
  • Preparing students to function as primary care providers in the health care setting while providing enhanced training for those who wish to specialize.
  • Teaching students to have an integrated, patient and family-centered view including treatment, education, prevention and health care management.
  • Intensifying the program’s commitment to service in the community to augment the students’ abilities to provide culturally sensitive care.
  • Equipping students to meet the changing needs of the health care system and to work as collaborative members of the health care team.
  • Developing faculty who are regional, state, and national leaders in Physician Assistant policy, research, training, education and health care delivery.

The Pace University-Lenox Hill Hospital Physician Assistant Programoffers a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies and a Completion program.

Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (NYC)
The Pace University - Lenox Hill Hospital Physician Assistant Program is a rigorous master of science program that fully integrates the educational components of the two institutions. Prior to admission you must have completed a bachelor's degree and meet admission criteria. Upon successful completion of the Program, students are awarded a master of science in physician assistant studies (MSPAS) degree from Pace University and a certificate of completion from Lenox Hill Hospital. Graduates are eligible to sit for the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE).

Completion Program

The Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) has issued an official statement on behalf of the PAEA Board of Directors on degrees for physician assistants (PAs). The statement, adopted by the membership at the 2009 Education Forum, endorses the master’s degree as the entry-level and terminal degree of the profession.

In response to this, Pace University is offering an MS degree program in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS), which provides the additional coursework you’ll need to obtain a master’s degree.  This master’s program has a well-established tradition with former Pace graduates and is now open to any PA graduates with a bachelor’s degree, current PA certification and approved advanced standing credits. This means that PAs who are currently board certified can use their prior coursework as advanced standing credits and apply to our master’s program.

All courses are online, so you can continue to work at your current job while taking four classes at home using your computer. The program can be completed in 3 semesters (1 year) of part-time study which include consecutive Spring (3 credits), Summer II (5 credits) and Fall (2 credits) semesters.

This is a highly competitive program and looks for students with prior clinical experience and appropriate didactic training.  This program can only be offered to students who meet Pace University’s criteria for advanced standing credits.

This flexible program allows you to build on your professional experience and achieve your terminal degree in a way that suits your schedule.

College of Health Professions Centers

The College of Health Professions has two centers that support the academic mission of the College:

·         ALPS - theCenter 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 Learning Resource Center

The College of Health Professions uses the latest technology to teach aspiring health care professionals, including simulators -- manikins that look human and mimic a variety of physiological functions -- along with the following equipment commonly found in an emergency room or intensive care unit:

  • Patient monitor
  • Respirator
  • 12 lead EKG machine
  • IV pumps
  • Crash cart complete with defibrillator. 

In the Learning Resource Centers on both the Pleasantville and New York City campuses, students:

  • Can hone their skills in a safe, supervised environment
  • Gain confidence
  • Increase their readiness to work in the clinical setting 

The tools students have access to in the Learning Resource Centers will ultimately reduce medical errors and improve health care.  
In addition to simulation, the Learning Resource Center offers:

  • Tutorial assistance, including clinical practice
  • Computer support systems
  • Computer-assisted and one-to-one instruction is available by appointment.