Hofstra University and North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System have announced plans for a joint school offering graduate degrees for aspiring nurse practitioners and physician assistants.
The Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Graduate Nursing and Health Professions, once state approval is granted, will offer a masters of science in nursing to prepare students for careers as nurse practitioners in ambulatory and acute-care settings. Hofstra's existing programs in physician assistant studies also will be offered through the new school.
The M.S. in nursing degree will be offered in a three-year, part-time program. The M.S. in physician assistant studies is offered as a post baccalaureate program as well as a dual degree program for undergraduates.
Kathleen Gallo, North Shore's senior VP and chief learning officer, will serve as dean of the graduate school. She is also an associate professor at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, which the two organizations established in 2008.
For the foreseeable future, Gallo will retain her leadership position at North Shore-LIJ.
The new school will focus on a patient-centered approach that emphasizes community-based care, the school said.
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