PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. -- Pace University's Lienhard School of Nursing celebrated 50 years of education this week with a special kick-off celebration on Wednesday at the Kessel Student Center in Pleasantville.
Since 1966, the Lienhard School of Nursing has been preparing generations of nurses to meet the ever-changing challenges of healthcare. The school, which was started on Pace’s Pleasantville campus, is named for Gustav Lienhard , a Pace alumnus and former member of the Board of Trustees, who had a distinguished career as head of Johnson & Johnson and subsequently the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Throughout 2016, the Lienhard School of Nursing at Pace University celebrates 50 years of innovation and leadership. Fifty years ago, the first nursing students at Pace were admitted to an associate degree program. Since that time, thousands of students have become alumni of the Lienhard School of Nursing. The 50th anniversary celebration will feature exciting events throughout the year.
University Health Care was started by the Liehnard School of Nursing more than 25 years ago, and was the first nurse-managed health care unit on a college campus. Many have emulated this model across the country.
Pace’s nursing program for second career individuals was one of the first of its kind in the country. In addition, Pace’s FNP program is one of the oldest, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program was among the earlier ones to open in New York State and nationally. Pace is an early adopter of accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, being among the first group of schools reviewed.
Fifty years ago, there were far fewer baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs in the country. Diploma programs were typically housed in hospitals and Pace was on the forefront of the shift to higher education.
To learn more about the history of the Lienhard School of Nursing and the stories of its alumni, students and faculty, as well as 50th anniversary events, click here .