A new graduate studies program for nursing will graduate its first class of doctors this September out of Hofstra University in Long Island, New York. The program is a three-year part time program awarding a master of science degree in family nursing or in adult-gerontology acute care. However, the program is just the beginning of a new school that has risen out of a partnership between Hofstra and their local health system.
The school in part will be possible thanks to North Shore-LIJ, the health system responsible for providing medical care to the people of Long Island. The founding dean of the schools nursing program, Kathleen Gallo, is also the senior vice president and chief learning officer at North Shore-LIJ. For Gallo, the new school is a fantastic opportunity to educate new practitioners and prepare them for careers in nursing, especially in the ever evolving health care environment.
The program will cost $1,192 per credit and end in a 48-credit degree. While it is expensive, the median annual salary of a nurse practitioner in the Long Island region is $115,350. Nurses coming out of the program will quickly be able to pay off their degrees, especially considering the relationship the school will have with North Shore-LIJ and any potential internship and job opportunities that will arise as a result.
The program merged with the current physician’s assistant program housed on the Hofstra campus forming the Hofstra North Shore LIJ School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. Currently, there are over 50 students enrolled in the program who will join the 40 students who will graduate this September with their doctorates. The new school will also enroll an additional 30 students, who will be the first to attend the new combined school for the entirety of their graduate studies.
Since its inception, more than 260 nurses within the North Shore Health System have shown interest in the program and in learning more about the graduate nursing degree. Hopefully, the program will continue to provide an outlet for graduate learning for nurses in the region and across the country for years to come.