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Accreditation and Affiliations, Lienhard School of Nursing

All Lienhard School of Nursing undergraduate and graduate programs are approved by the New York State Education Department. The baccalaureate, masters, and DNP programs are fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036 (202) 887-6791.


Prospective nursing students should be aware that admission to the Lienhard School of Nursing is competitive and class size is limited. Early application is strongly encouraged.

The Lienhard School of Nursing is named for the late Gustav O. Lienhard, Pace alumnus and honorary trustee of the University. Nursing was first established at Pace in 1966 with the introduction of a pre-professional program at the Pleasantville campus. By 1971, nursing was offered at the New York City campus and the Undergraduate School of Nursing was founded. Responding to community needs, the first professional Bachelor of Science nursing program was established in 1973. At the same time, the Graduate School of Nursing, formerly associated with the New York Medical College, became an official school of the University. In keeping with the current organizational structure of the various schools within the University, the Graduate and Undergraduate Schools of Nursing were unified in 1979 into the Lienhard School of Nursing.

The College of Health Professions was established in 2010 in an effort to showcase and expand health professions majors at Pace University. The College is made up of the Lienhard School of Nursing and the Pace University-Lenox Hill Hospital Department of Physician Assistant Studies.

The Lienhard School of Nursing offers the Bachelor of Science degree, designed to prepare students for careers in professional nursing. Graduates of the program are prepared as generalists in the profession, capable of assuming beginning positions in nursing in all areas of health care delivery. The traditional four-year program (BS) is offered on the Pleasantville campus only. The Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) is designed for the college graduate with a bachelor's degree in an area other than nursing. After 15 credits of science prerequisites are met, the BSN portion can be completed in one or two calendar years. The BSN portion of the program is offered on the New York City and Pleasantville campuses. Graduates of these two programs are eligible for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX/RN).

Lienhard also offers several post-baccalaureate options.  RNs seeking to advance in their career now have a flexible way to develop their expertise to become a nurse practitioner or nursing educator, leading to advance practice roles. Our post-baccalaureate degree programs now share a common 24-credit core curriculum -- 12 credits of graduate core and 12 credits of advanced nursing science core which includes advanced patho, pharm, and physical assessment -- the foundation for your subsequent 18-credit chosen area of specialization. Once you complete your first degree objective, you can apply for a program to be certified in another specialty. 

Pace’s Family Nurse Practitioner program offers a 42-credit Master’s of Science degree, and a 78-credit advanced standing FNP-DNP.

Consult the College of Health Professions Graduate Catalog and for additional information.

Designed to prepare students for careers in the health care system, all the nursing programs combine academic education with supervised clinical experience in hospitals and community agencies. Students are encouraged to take full advantage of the educational opportunities available to them as members of the University community.