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School of Health Sciences and Professional Programs

Welcome to the School of Health Sciences and Professional Programs

Dear Students and Visitors,

Welcome to the School of Health Sciences and Professional Programs at York College. The School houses many exciting educational possibilities, all committed to providing you with a world class education that will competently prepare you for your future.

Remember the following words and thoughts to guide your journey.

Begin. Discover. Achieve.

"The beginning is the most important part of the work." (Plato)

"We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities." (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

"We are still masters of our fate. We are still captains of our souls." (Winston Churchill)

As you explore the School's major areas of study, you'll find academic programs of excellence that are current, vibrant, exciting and diverse. The School of Health Sciences and Professional Programs houses six academic departments: Health and Physical Education, Health Professions, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Social Work, and Teacher Education.

These departments provide an array of York College's bachelor level professional programs that are in great demand in today's workforce. These programs include: Clinical Laboratory Science, Community Health Education, Gerontological Studies and Services, Health Promotion Management, Health Movement Science: Nursing, Physician Assistant, Social Work, and Teacher Education Childhood Education (Grades 1-6) and Secondary Education (7-12), Sciences, Mathematics and Spanish; Health and Physical Education (PK-12). In addition, the School offers a dual B.S./M.S. program in Occupational Therapy. The School's Departments also offer several exciting minor areas of study and extensive programs for students to consider.

Many of the School's professional programs are nationally recognized and accredited by: Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy (ACOTE), Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA), Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS), National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). If you have received a degree from one of CUNY's community colleges and graduated in good academic standing, the School offers a streamlined transition to many of its baccalaureate degree programs.

The School and its programs are committed to supportive and diverse learning environments, world class faculty-scholars dedicated to supporting student success, and innovative curricula. Regardless of what major area of study you choose, you will be engaged in courses that are rich in content and strong in teaching. You will find opportunities to interact with faculty and fellow students, and can expect a challenging yet welcoming experience. Many students are engaged in faculty research projects, encompassing such areas as stress, diabetes, health promotion, HIV/AIDS, bilingual education and violence prevention. Students in the professional programs receive ample clinical experiences early in their program of study to support the application of learning in the professions.

The Aims of the School Include:

  • To provide the necessary support for successful student mastery of a number of important intellectual, social, and career skills for growing personally and professionally as productive citizens for the 21st century.

  • To engender student's love of life-long learning, characterized by intellectual curiosity, imagination, and creativity.

  • To offer students a solid academic experience in a chosen major area of study that is grounded in current research and practice, and that is built upon a strong foundation in liberal arts.

  • To provide students with diverse opportunities for mentoring, research, and internships. To support a learning community where the unique contributions and self-esteem of all its members are highly valued.

  • To ensure professional programs maintains good standing with accrediting bodies, and are nationally recognized.

  • To invest in the continual development of a diverse, first class faculty that stresses excellence, innovation, and leadership in teaching, research, and service.

  • To serve as a multifaceted resource for the greater New York metropolitan community.