School of Health & Natural Sciences
Students in the Health Professions programs graduate with knowledge and skills for careers in hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, private practice, and health care organizations.
Our Biology, Health Sciences, Clinical Laboratory and Exercise Science programs prepare students for careers in hospitals, private laboratories, and research facilities or graduate studies in medicine and dentistry.
About the School of Health & Natural Sciences
The School of Health and Natural Sciences is dedicated to providing premier health and natural science undergraduate and graduate educational programs to equip students with the intellectual, technical and professional competencies they need to excel and advance as science specialists, health care providers, health promotion experts and science/health educators. More than just focusing on personal careers, our goal is to prepare students to use their knowledge and abilities in the health and natural sciences to be compassionate and caring health care providers.
Clinical Laboratory Science
Clinical laboratory testing plays a crucial role in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of disease. Clinical laboratory scientists, also referred to as medical technologists, and clinical laboratory technologists, are part of the health care team that collaborates with physicians in the treatment of patients. They examine and analyze body fluids, cells, and tissues.
The Clinical Laboratory Science Program is accredited by the National Accreditation Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).
The Clinical Laboratory Science program at Mercy College consists of three years of general education and basic science courses. The fourth year of the CLS program consists of a combination of clinical courses on campus and full-day hospital based clinical rotations.
Message from the Dean
Welcome to the School of Health & Natural Sciences. I am Joan Toglia and I am the Dean of the School.
It is a pleasure to welcome you to the School of Health and Natural Sciences at Mercy College. The outstanding programs in the School provide students the opportunity to explore basic and applied sciences and health care careers. The faculty of the School is student-focused and dedicated to providing high quality educational experiences that lead to rewarding careers in the health and natural science fields.
Clinical Simulation & Learning Labs
The Clinical Simulation Labs prepare students for their future as health care professionals. New spaces at the Dobbs Ferry and Bronx campuses comprise specialized labs designed to simulate different disciplines within a health care facility. The Labs include control rooms, debriefing space and several large classrooms that are filled with state-of-the-art technology that give students real-world experience before they begin their clinical experiences.
Advancing Curricular Change to Enhance Student Success
The U.S. Department of Education awarded Mercy College federal funding to develop and implement a project called Advancing Curricular Change to Enhance Student Success, or ACCESS. The project will expand and enrich opportunities for students in high-demand health science careers by improving student outcomes in Anatomy and Physiology I, a gateway course, and increasing the number of available nursing training slots to meet the pressing need for nurses, particularly in the New York City metropolitan area. The project will improve teaching and learning on an institution-wide basis through the implementation of high-impact practices, advancement of faculty development, and robust student engagement in the college experience.
Students are expected to achieve entry-level proficiency and standards of excellence for their field, including:
- Adequate knowledge of content
- Essential competencies
- Sound math skills & quantitative reasoning
- Professional written & verbal communication skills
- Integration of theory with practice
Students are expected to demonstrate professional behavior, by their ability to:
- Ethically reason clinical or scientific issues
- Communicate & interact with others using professional language and demeanor
- Engage in self-assessment and reflection for personal and professional growth
- Engage in cultural exchanges with clients &/or colleagues
Students are expected to demonstrate competency in applying methods of scientific inquiry and/or evidence-based learning to guide clinical/professional/scientific decision making.
Students are expected to demonstrate a commitment to engage in inter-professional and/or community service, including regional and/or global service, using knowledge and skills gained during their academic studies to foster diversity, interdisciplinary initiatives, and/or eliminate health disparities.
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Contact the School of Health & Natural Sciences
Joan Toglia, PhD
Dean, School of Health
and Natural Sciences
Kathleen Golisz, OTD
Assistant to the Dean
Miriam Ford, PhD
Associate Dean, Nursing
Deborah Hunt, PhD
Associate Dean, Nursing
Executive Assistant, Nursing Program