St. John’s University Gains State Approval for Undergraduate Nursing Program – The Torch
St. John’s University has announced the New York State Department of Education’s approval of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program on the Queens campus on Monday, April 11, 2022. Applications for the four-year pre-bachelor’s program are currently being accepted for the first cohort of students beginning in the fall 2022 semester.
The creation of a nursing program is part of the multi-million dollar creation of a Health Sciences building scheduled to open in the fall of 2024. The project, finance by New York’s Fifth Congressional District thanks to Federal Leaders Representative Gregory W. Meeks and Senator Charles E. Schumer, will include a state-of-the-art skills and simulation center for students to “learn and benefit simulation training opportunities prior to their experiential education and clinical rotations,” said university president Brian J. Shanley in a statement.
“Service is a core value of our university, and the nursing program aims to provide an exceptional education within the context of our Catholic and Vincentian mission,” Shanley said.
Freshman chemistry student Metka Kunstelj looks forward to the University’s upcoming projects and how this upgrade benefits more than nursing students. “I look forward to all the new labs that will be available to us, as their new advancements will allow faculty and students to conduct a greater variety of experiments and explore more complex theories in all areas of science.”
“I think it’s a very interesting major, which will attract many students who may not have thought of applying before. While that’s true, I think the timing of this announcement is slightly off,” Kunstelj questioned, “as the Fall 2022 application process is already coming to an end. However, it will give them time to fine-tune the program.
Provost Simon G. Møller, Ph.D. aims to partner the University with local healthcare facilities to provide students with direct clinical rotations, he said in a statement. New York City Health + Hospitals, New York-Presbyterian Queens and Catholic Health are among the few partners.
The new Health Sciences Center will provide students with not only current technology, but also new and improved opportunities in the field of health sciences.