College of Health Professions Makes Its Debut

It’s official: Pace now has two colleges and four schools. The new college is the College of Health Professions, which comprises the Lienhard School of Nursing and the Pace Physician Assistant (PA) Studies Program, formerly in Dyson.

The establishment of a College of Health Professions reflects the breadth of health science majors at Pace, and underscores the University’s commitment to strengthen the student experience by developing learning communities of students with similar academic and professional aspirations. It also allows for greater multidisciplinary interaction, a trend both here at Pace and in the health sciences professions.

“Congratulations, kudos, brava, and bravo to the Lienhard and PA faculty and staff for your willingness to collaborate as a team, be open to change and to persist,” said Interim Provost Harriet Feldman, PhD, RN, in a recent announcement. “Now it is time to identify new program areas and the talent to create the programs to grow the College.”

Both the Lienhard School of Nursing and PA program are riding high this month:  Lienhard’s 4th Quarter 2010 pass rate for the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses 94.45%; besting the national rate of 81.74% and NY State pass rate of 77.05%  For CY2010, the NYS State pass rate was 84.45% and the national pass rate was 87.42%; Lienhard’s pass rate was 89.17%. The Physician Assistant program is  knee deep in bringing in its new class, with more than 1,300 applicants for only 50 slots. The Master’s of Science in Physician Assistant Studies is one of most competitive of all programs at Pace.