Iona University Expands School of Health Sciences, Adds Two New Advanced Nursing Degrees

Academics News

Building upon the success of the NewYork-Presbyterian Iona School of Health Sciences, Iona University is proud to be adding two new Master of Science degree programs in nursing: Nursing Healthcare Organizational Leadership and Nursing Education.

Geared toward nurses eager to advance their careers, these new degrees are in high demand and will help to fill a critical need in the workforce.

Apply here: Iona Nursing MS

As Iona continues to grow and expand, including the opening of the Kelly Center for Health Sciences on its new campus in Bronxville, N.Y., the University’s academic programs in the NewYork-Presbyterian Iona School of Health Sciences now include:

  • New! Nursing Education (MS)
  • New! Nursing Healthcare Organizational Leadership (MS)
  • Nursing (BS)
  • Social Work (BS)
  • Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (BA)
  • Occupational Therapy (MS)
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders (MA)
  • Marriage and Family Therapy (MS)
  • Mental Health Counseling (MA)
  • Diversity and Social Welfare (Minor)

“Iona University is proud to help prepare the next generation of health care professionals, 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 our new advanced nursing programs and welcoming our inaugural classes this fall.”

Learn More or Apply Today!
Anyone interested in learning more about the NewYork-Presbyterian Iona School of Health Sciences is invited to contact us today! We would be happy to provide additional information, or if you are ready to apply, you may do so directly online.

A Premier New School on the Rise

Established July 2021, the NewYork-Presbyterian Iona School of Health Sciences offers a new vision for collaborative health care education, modern workforce development and community engagement.

Iona’s collaboration with one of the nation’s top hospitals also benefits students by providing unparalleled access to clinical placements and full-time career opportunities after graduation.

NewYork-Presbyterian is also 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.

“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.”

State-of-the-Art Learning Environment

The NewYork-Presbyterian Iona School of Health Sciences is primarily located on Iona’s campus in Bronxville, N.Y., home to the new Kelly Center for Health Sciences.

Spanning three floors and nearly 32,000 square feet, the Kelly Center offers state-of-the-art facilities and features cutting-edge technology. Get an inside look at the Kelly Center, which includes:

  • Simulated hospital and health care suites.
  • Fully equipped, hands-on labs for training in physical assessments, bedside skills, flex occupational therapy and home health occupational therapy.
  • Group therapy rooms.
  • Patient examination rooms.
  • Interprofessional Education (IPE) collaboration space.
  • Modern classrooms and seminar rooms.
  • Holistic study and lounge spaces.

“An Iona education provides students with an opportunity to learn alongside top faculty and leading health care professionals in a modern new environment, preparing graduates to be caring, confident and highly capable leaders,” said Sherylyn Watson, Ph.D., MSN, RN, CNE, director of nursing and associate dean. “We encourage anyone who has a passion for health care to learn more or apply as soon as possible.”


Iona University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) to award degrees at the baccalaureate and master’s levels. Iona’s Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Social Work and Family Therapy programs in the NewYork-Presbyterian Iona School of Health Sciences are fully accredited by their respective disciplinary organizations.