Iona College and NewYork-Presbyterian today announced the establishment of the NewYork-Presbyterian Iona School of Health Sciences, to be principally located on the College’s campus at 171 White Plains Road, Bronxville, New York. The NewYork-Presbyterian Iona School of Health Sciences is expected to offer a new vision for collaborative health care education, modern workforce development, and community care.
NewYork-Presbyterian has supported the creation of the NewYork-Presbyterian Iona School of Health Sciences with a gift of $20 million. Iona College anticipates commencing classes at the Iona Bronxville campus in the fall of 2022.
NewYork-Presbyterian is ranked the #1 hospital in New York, according to U.S. News and World Report’s Best Hospitals rankings. NewYork-Presbyterian 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.
Iona College President Seamus Carey, Ph.D., said: “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. 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. 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. 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.”
Dr. Steven J. Corwin, president and CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian, said: “The pandemic has highlighted the critical need for health care professionals to be equipped with the training, skills, and flexibility to adapt and rise to new challenges. 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)
- Psychology (BA, MA)
- Social Work (BS)
- Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology (BA)
- Communication Sciences & Disorders (MA)
- Marriage & Family Therapy (MS)
- Mental Health Counseling (MA)
Plans to develop additional health science programs include the following:
- Nurse Anesthesia (MSN)
- Clinical Nurse Specialist (MSN)
- Medical Technician (BS)
- Nursing Administration (MSN)
- Nursing Education (MSN)
- Physical Therapy (DPT)
- Speech Therapy (MS)
Approximately 25 percent of Iona’s 2021 incoming freshman class is expected to pursue health sciences.
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.
Founded in 1940 by the Congregation of Christian Brothers, Iona’s 45-acre campus in northern New Rochelle is located approximately three miles from the Bronxville campus. By collaborating with NewYork-Presbyterian, Iona strengthens its position as a premier institution of higher learning with a distinguished reputation in health sciences.