Advance Your Nursing Career at Iona University: Applications Due August 14 for Two New Master of Science Degree Programs Launching Fall 2023

Don’t wait! Apply today!

Are you eager to advance your career and become a leader in the field of nursing? If so, Iona University invites you to explore its two new Master of Science in Nursing degree programs: Nursing Healthcare Organizational Leadership (MS) and Nursing Education (MS).

Offered through the NewYork-Presbyterian Iona School of Health Sciences, classes are scheduled to begin Fall 2023 in Bronxville, N.Y., located just 20 miles north of Midtown Manhattan. Applications are due August 14

“Iona University is proud to help prepare the next generation of nurse educators and executive leaders, who are critically needed in today’s workforce,” said Iona University President Seamus Carey, Ph.D. “The NewYork-Presbyterian Iona School of Health Sciences continues to attract highly motivated and talented students who feel called to serve others. We look forward to launching these new advanced programs and welcoming our inaugural classes in the fall.”

To learn more about these exciting new programs and how they can accelerate your nursing career, please contact Daniel Gallagher, director of Graduate Admissions for the NewYork-Presbyterian Iona School of Health Sciences, at or (914) 637-7770. You can also apply directly online today!

A Premier New School on the Rise

Established July 2021, the NewYork-Presbyterian Iona School of Health Sciences continues to flourish and grow, adding dynamic new degrees that help to meet the needs of today’s workforce. Iona’s collaboration with one of the nation’s top hospitals also provides students with access to top clinical placements and full-time employment opportunities after graduation.

Nursing students will pursue their studies in Iona’s new state-of-the art Kelly Center for Health Sciences, the flagship building of the NewYork-Presbyterian Iona School of Health Sciences.

Spanning three floors and nearly 32,000 square feet, the Kelly Center features unparalleled access to the latest lab and simulation technologies, giving students access to hands-on learning experiences alongside top faculty and health care practitioners.
“The NewYork-Presbyterian Iona School of Health Sciences offers a cutting-edge education in some of today’s most in-demand fields, providing a highly valuable and engaging program for our students,” said Kavita R. Dhanwada, Ph.D., founding dean of the NewYork-Presbyterian Iona School of Health Sciences. “Our academics are rigorous, but we know we are preparing students well for the challenges they will inevitably face in the field.”

Collaborative, Cutting-Edge Clinicals

Both new programs require 510 clinical practice hours, provided under the mentorship of top nurse educators and leaders both in academic and service settings, notably with opportunities at NewYork-Presbyterian.

Both programs are also grounded in the competencies of various national organizations, including AACN, NLN and AONL. Throughout their studies, students will develop the leadership behaviors that reflect moral courage, ethical principles, human dignity and social justice as they collaborate within interprofessional teams.

“We are thrilled to launch these two new nursing programs, which will go a long way toward supporting the future career goals of our students as well as the needs of the workforce,” said Sherylyn Watson, Ph.D., MSN, RN, CNE, director of nursing and associate dean. “We encourage anyone who may be interested in learning more to reach out or apply as soon as possible.”

About Nursing Education (MS)

A Master of Science degree in Nursing Education is designed to prepare graduates to assume leadership roles in higher education, hospital staff development and other community health programs. The program will prepare students to:

  • Apply clinical expertise in the health care environment.
  • Create learning environments effective for diverse populations.
  • Engage in scholarship to foster evidence-based practice and advance nursing practice.
  • Serve as a change agent through innovation.

Students can tailor their degree toward their desired clinical interests for their advanced clinical practicum, choosing from six areas of interest: adult/gerontology; community health; parent-child health; behavioral health; critical care or perioperative care.

In addition, students will also be challenged to complete an evidence-based change project along with a supporting paper and poster presentation. The change project topic will be identified while the student completes their final practicum of 60 hours under a nurse educator either in the academic institution or a health care agency.

Learn more about Nursing Education at Iona University today!

About Nursing Healthcare Organizational Leadership (MS)

A Master of Science degree in Nursing Healthcare Organizational Leadership is specially designed for nurses who want to pursue advanced leadership roles within the health care system. The program will prepare students to:

  • Lead within complex health care systems to design and implement equitable health care access and solutions.
  • Create collaborative relationships and trusting work environments.
  • Serve as change agents through innovation.
  • Apply knowledge of human resources and fiscal management for health care.

Iona’s curriculum integrates advanced nursing role concepts and executive leadership-focused theories, principles and strategies into core and program-specific courses. The curriculum includes theoretical courses as well as leadership-focused clinical practicums.

Allowing for greater flexibility, the theoretical courses are offered in an executive hybrid format, providing the opportunity for in-person instruction and asynchronous coursework. Throughout their studies, students will examine organizational and leadership theories, financial management, human resource management and innovative design thinking.

Learn more about Nursing Healthcare Organizational Leadership at Iona University today!

Founded in 1940, Iona University is a master's-granting private, Catholic, coeducational institution of learning in the tradition of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers. Iona's 45-acre New Rochelle campus and 28-acre Bronxville campus are just 20 miles north of Midtown Manhattan. With a total enrollment of nearly 4,000 students and an alumni base of more than 50,000 around the world, Iona is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona is highly accredited, offering undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, science and business administration, as well as Master of Arts, Master of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees and numerous advanced certificate programs. Iona students enjoy small class sizes, engaged professors and a wide array of academic programs across the School of Arts & Science; LaPenta School of Business; NewYork-Presbyterian Iona School of Health Sciences; and Hynes Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. Iona is widely recognized in prestigious rankings, including The Princeton Review’s 2024 national list of “The Best 389 Colleges” and The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse’s “2024 Best Colleges in America,” which ranked Iona at #66 in the nation overall and #8 in the nation among Catholic schools. Iona’s LaPenta School of Business is also accredited by AACSB International, a recognition awarded to just six percent of business schools worldwide. In addition, The Princeton Review recognized Iona’s on-campus MBA program as a “Best Business School for 2023.” Iona also offers a fully online MBA program for even greater flexibility. In July 2021, Iona announced the establishment of the NewYork-Presbyterian Iona School of Health Sciences, which is now principally located on Iona’s Bronxville campus in collaboration with NewYork-Presbyterian. Connecting to its Irish heritage, the University also recently announced it is expanding abroad with a new campus in County Mayo, Ireland. A school on the rise, Iona officially changed its status from College to University on July 1, 2022, reflecting the growth of its academic programs and the prestige of an Iona education.