I am delighted to welcome you to the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies website, where you will find information on one of the most successful and advanced healthcare education programs in the country.
There is a feeling of momentum building all across the University of Miami. It’s a vision for the future, a long-term view of all the things a great research university can be. As we enter our 65th year of educating students in nursing and health studies, our School has experienced tremendous growth, from 233 students in 1998 to over 850 students in 2012. Our curriculum integrates research instruction, evidence-based practice, state-of-the-art simulated learning and real world experience. Unmatched rigorous academic and clinical preparation serves as a catalyst for some of the highest state board passing rates and certification rates in Florida. What an amazing time to be considering a career in nursing and health studies or advancing your career in our graduate programs.
The School provides diverse educational opportunities for the next generation of healthcare professionals. The undergraduate curriculum includes degree tracks for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a Bachelor of Science in Health Science, a minor in Public Health or the new Bachelor of Science in Public Health – the first fulltime undergraduate public health program in South Florida and one of only two in the entire state. Our Master’s Programs are designed to offer a wide range of educational and clinical experiences to advanced practice nurses in adult-gerontology acute care practitioner; adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner; family nurse practitioner, and nursing education tracks . At the doctoral level, the School offers one of the most established Ph.D. programs in the country as well as the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree, in either the post master’s track (offered executive style) or the new BSN-DNP-nurse anesthesia (CRNA) track, which is the first nurse anesthesia doctoral degree for BSN prepared nurses in the state of Florida and only one of 12 in the nation.
At the core of a great school of nursing are talented and dedicated faculty, cutting-edge science and a rich clinical care experience. Our faculty includes some of the most talented educators, clinicians and research experts found at any healthcare facility in the world. The School has developed rich partnerships with over 140 community partners who provide our students with mentoring opportunities in healthcare and clinical settings across South Florida. Our School’s research portfolio is ranked as one of the top two in Florida and top 25 in the nation among schools of nursing for NIH funding.
On the global front, our continuously expanding exchange program provides the opportunity for our students to enhance their intercultural healthcare knowledge in a variety of host countries and international healthcare settings. Our School is a designated World Health Organization Collaborating Centre, an elite designation that reflects our commitment to providing our graduates with a leadership role in the sweeping transformation of healthcare that is the result of globalization.
I would like to extend an invitation for you to visit our School in the vibrant and cosmopolitan South Florida community. Please contact me directly with any questions you may have. I invite you join the next generation of health care leaders educated at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies.
Nilda (Nena) P. Peragallo Montano, DrPH, RN, FAAN
Dean and Professor
University of Miami, School of Nursing and Health Studies