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Welcome from the Dean

There is an evolution taking place in health care that is redefining what it means to be an advanced practice nurse. Recent changes in health care policy, the increase in chronic disease, and an aging population are a few of the major shifts placing advanced practice nurses at the forefront of health care.


They will be called upon—as never before—to master the medical and technological complexities of providing care beyond the hospital into clinics, homes, and whole communities. Advanced practice nurses, who take into account the social, ethnic, economic, and environmental factors contributing to illness, are stepping into leadership roles and advocating for policies and practices that speed recovery, manage disease better, and promote wellness.


For 125 years, Columbia University School of Nursing has equipped each generation of students with the expertise demanded by a constantly changing health care system. Through our educational programs, pioneering nursing research, and dedication to practice, nurses with a degree from Columbia Nursing make an invaluable and sustained difference by improving the welfare of the patients, families, and communities they serve.


Lorraine Frazier, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dean, Columbia University School of Nursing
Mary O’Neil Mundinger Professor of Nursing
Senior Vice President, Columbia University Irving Medical Center