As the demand for highly trained health care professionals continues to rise, Iona College and NewYork-Presbyterian have proudly established the NewYork-Presbyterian Iona School of Health Sciences, offering a new vision for collaborative health care education, modern workforce development and community care.
Supported by a $20 million gift from NewYork-Presbyterian, the school will be principally located on Iona’s new Bronxville campus.
“This exciting new relationship with NewYork-Presbyterian is a unique opportunity to shape the future of Iona College, train the next generation of health care professionals and support the communities we serve,” said Iona College President Seamus Carey, Ph.D. “The NewYork-Presbyterian Iona School of Health Sciences will provide Iona students with the opportunity to complement their liberal arts education with the knowledge and skills required to excel in the health care industry.
The new school reflects Iona’s pursuit of humanistic medical care, which is the practice of providing honest and respectful health care that honors the dignity and beliefs of all patients. Iona is one of the only nonmedical schools recognized by The Arnold P. Gold Foundation, whose mission is to infuse the human connection into health care.
Through our relationship with NewYork-Presbyterian, Iona will offer cutting-edge education in the health sciences with an eye toward meeting the demands of the health care industry,” Carey said. “I anticipate it will become a model for mission-based collaboration between higher education and health care in the service of the public good moving forward.
In addition to the NewYork-Presbyterian Iona School of Health Sciences, the Iona Bronxville campus is expected to become a vibrant hub of activity hosting world-class seminars, speakers, performing arts, athletics, art exhibits and summer camps.
Iona’s mission of service extends far and wide. Clinically, Iona provides free or low-cost health services to the community through its Family Therapy Center as well as its Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic. Both programs provide an opportunity for students to gain clinical experience with supervision from faculty and licensed health care professionals while at the same time providing crucial services to members of the community.
NewYork-Presbyterian, ranked the #1 hospital in New York according to U.S. News and
World Report’s Best Hospitals, is consistently recognized as a leader in medical education,
groundbreaking research and innovative, patient-centered clinical care in collaboration with
two renowned medical schools – Weill Cornell Medicine and Columbia University Vagelos
College of Physicians and Surgeons.
“The pandemic has highlighted the critical need for health care professionals to be equipped
with the training, skills, and flexibility toadapt and rise to new challenges,” said Dr. Steven J.
Corwin, president and CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian. “We are pleased to collaborate with
Iona College to develop the next generation of outstanding health care professionals to help
us lead the way in serving our communities and providing the very best care to our patients.’’
The NewYork-Presbyterian Iona School of Health Sciences will build upon Iona’s existing health science programs, including:
- Nursing (BSN)
- Occupational Therapy (MS)
- Social Work (BS)
- Communication Sciences & Disorders (MA)
- Marriage & Family Therapy (MS)
- Mental Health Counseling (MA)
Plans to explore the development include the following degrees:
- Nurse Anesthesia (MSN)
- Clinical Nurse Specialist (MSN)
- Nursing Administration (MSN)
- Nursing Education (MSN)
- Radiologic Technology (BS)
- Speech Therapy (MS)