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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.

Featured Program
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. 


Simulation and learning labs

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.

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.

Health & Natural Sciences Departments

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Biology program outcomes
Department of Natural Sciences

Our Biology, Health Sciences, and Clinical Laboratory Science programs prepare students for careers in hospitals, private laboratories, and research facilities or graduate studies in medicine and dentistry.  Our Exercise Science performance track focuses on fitness and prepares students for work in a variety of high demand fields.

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Nursing Fast Facts
Health Professions

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. The programs in Communication Disorders, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Physician Assistant, Physical Therapy and Veterinary Technology.

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Student in Clinical Simulation Lab
Nursing Programs

The Nursing programs prepare students to become registered professional nurses who are ethical, competent, knowledgeable, caring, respectful, and compassionate leaders. It is expected that students begin this preparation from the day of admission to the program through graduation and during their career.

Program Highlights

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Biology program outcomes
Research Opportunities

Interested in getting involved in research? Interested in finding out about research internships?  Welcome to the research portal of Department of Natural Sciences (DNS), Mercy College. Here you will find a brief description of faculty research interests and information about research internships and other programs.

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Explore a career in Communication Disorders
Speech & Hearing Clinic

The Center has served the community for more than 25 years with comprehensive diagnostic evaluations and therapy for preschoolers, school-aged children, adolescents and adults.  Students, faculty, staff, and persons served in the program’s clinic are treated in a nondiscriminatory manner.

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PS Nicaragua trip
Local 2 Global Health Initiatives

Our School of Health and Natural Sciences interdisciplinary "Local to Global Health Initiative," engages students and faculty in partnership with community stakeholders to improve health and participation in life activities of at-risk and/or underserved populations. 

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Department of Mathematics and Computer Sciences
STEM Scholars Program in Biology (SSB)

Mercy College has been awarded a five-year grant form the National Science Foundation's Scholarship Program in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (NSF S-STEM). We are one of six partner institutions participating in the grant.

Contact the School of Health & Natural Sciences

Joan Toglia, PhD 
Dean, School of Health
and Natural Sciences 

(914) 674-7837 
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Kathleen Golisz, OTD 
Associate Dean 
(914) 674-7814 
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Simona Cazes 
Assistant to the Dean 
(914) 674-7837 
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Katelyn Keesler 
Administrative Assistant 
(914) 674-7444 
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Miriam Ford, PhD 
Associate Dean, Nursing 
(914) 674-7860 
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Deborah Hunt, PhD 
Associate Dean, Nursing 
(914) 826-9258 
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Brunilda Lopez 
Executive Assistant, Nursing Program 
(914) 826-9229