Since 1966, the Lienhard School of Nursing has been preparing generations of nurses to meet the ever-changing challenges of healthcare. Though the field and our curriculum have evolved over the years, some things have remained constant: our top-notch programs and faculty, our commitment to excellence and scholarship, and also to Opportunitas.Lienhard School of Nursing has demonstrated innovation and leadership throughout its history; we embrace change and are proud of it:
- We created University Health Care more than 25 years ago, which was the first nurse-managed health care unit on a college campus. Many have emulated this model across the country.
- Our nursing program for second career individuals was one of the first of its kind in the country. In addition, our top notch FNP program is one of the oldest, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program was among the earlier ones to open in New York State and nationally.
- We were an early adopter of accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, being among the first group of schools reviewed.
We have a long and rich history of educating nurses and preparing them to be health care professionals, educators, leaders and advocates. Our faculty, staff, students and alumni are made up of nurses who lead in the profession. They are on national boards, in key leadership roles in health care and nursing education, and members of prestigious nursing organizations.
Fifty years ago, there were far fewer baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs in the country. There were many more diploma programs that were housed in hospitals. The shift to higher education has been important, and the face of health care has dramatically changed, demanding new skill sets and the use of evidence to guide practice. Pace’s leadership role in nursing has been exemplary. Our faculty work hard to ensure that our graduates get the richest education possible, challenging them to heights they would never have thought possible.