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Message from the Dean

Welcome to CSI’s School of Health Sciences! We have a caring faculty well regarded for their teaching, scholarship, and research, who are dedicated to programs whose graduates find employment in nursing, physical therapy, and social work.

Students from throughout the United States and overseas come for our nationally accredited programs. Excellent teaching and research facilities, coupled with the College of Staten Island’s low tuition and City University of New York public funding, allows our graduates a head start so they can focus on a professionally rewarding career that improves the quality of human life.

The Department of Nursing offers a pre-licensure Associate’s degree (AAS), RN to BS Completion program (BS), and a Master’s (MS), as well as Post Master’s Certificates in Adult-Gerontology Health (Clinical Nurse Specialist or Primary Care Nurse Practitioner); these programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), with numerous clinical practice sites throughout Staten Island, Brooklyn, NYC, and beyond. The newest program in Nursing is the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), a clinical doctorate in Adult-Gerontology Health. Advanced certificates in areas such as cultural competence that combine online and on campus opportunities to further the careers of seasoned professionals are also available. CSI’s Nursing Department is a consortium member in the PhD program in Nursing Science offered at the CUNY Graduate Center. As a graduate, students join some 6,000 alumni who have contributed to the discipline of nursing, the healthcare sector, and the health of people for more than 5 decades.

The Department of Physical Therapy offers the Clinical Doctorate of Physical Therapy, the entry level degree for licensed physical therapists. With a near 100% licensure pass rate, this rigorous and selective program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). In the past two decades over 430 students have graduated, and the department maintains approximately 245 active clinical sites in the United States.

The Department of Social Work offers both Bachelor’s (BSSW) and Master’s (MSW) degrees, with a unique single concentration on disability studies in the second year of the MSW. Both programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). With approximately 50 active internship sites each year, students gain significant real-world experience during their programs and join a network of social workers in careers such as public policy, crisis intervention, addiction treatment, and counseling, working in settings that include medical centers, community agencies and private practice. In just the past five years these two programs have more than 230 graduates.

Our faculty are dedicated professionals who welcome and respect diversity. They are accomplished scientists with significant records of publication, whose research studies are supported from sources including the National Institutes of Health, the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, and the New York State Department of Health.

H. Michael Dreher, PhD, RN, FAAN, ANEF  
Interim Dean of the School  of Health Sciences