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Welcome Back to Campus

Columbia Nursing is honored to welcome students back to campus for the fall semester.  

This year, we have 675 students enrolled in our degree programs (MS, DNP, and PhD), including 60 new Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Masters in Advanced Clinical Management and Leadership (ACML), and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students who started this September. There are also 111 students enrolled in our non-degree program, the Online Prerequisites for Entry to Nursing program. This year’s class of students represents 33 states and 25 countries, and range from ages 20 to 73.  

We are also honored to welcome the following new faculty members to Columbia Nursing:

  • Assistant Professor of Nursing Melissa Beauchemin  
  • Assistant Professor of Nursing and ColumbiaDoctors Nurse Practitioner Group Provider Yelitza Castanos
  • Assistant Professor of Nursing Ashley Graham-Perel  
  • Assistant Professor of Nursing Pritiasha Harrichand
  • Assistant Professor of Nursing and ColumbiaDoctors Nurse Practitioner Group Provider Mansura Malik
  • Assistant Professor of Nursing Ronica Mukerjee
  • Associate Professor of Nursing and DNP Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program Director Sabrina Opiola McCauley
  • Professor of Data Sciences (in Nursing) Yihong Zhao
  • Assistant Professor of Nursing Danielle Zuma

The fall semester started on Tuesday, September 7 with hybrid in-campus and virtual instruction. Additionally, students will continue to receive in-person simulation training at the Helene Fuld Health Trust Simulation Center as well as complete clinical rotations with partners across the tri-state area.  

Columbia Nursing is following the COVID-19 protocols, policies, and guidelines set by Columbia University. View more information about Return to Campus Protocols for students, faculty, and staff.

Judy Honig, Dorothy M. Rogers Professor of Nursing, Dean of Students, and Vice Dean of Academics, shared the following words welcoming students back to campus:  

“I enthusiastically welcome you back to campus! We come together this fall after 18 months of separation from the campus and classmates, a separation filled with memories of extraordinary, emotional, challenging, uncertain, and revealing times. We come together, happily but with diligence and responsibility, to ourselves and our community. The University is closely monitoring the pandemic and has implemented public health recommendations to assure the campus is a safe and healthy environment to learn and grow.  

The response of nurses during the pandemic is testament to the profession and our contribution to the lives of patients, families, and communities. I applaud you all for your commitment and resilience and look forward to the next academic year with renewed hope for a healthy future.”

2021 – 2022 Academic Year by the Numbers

  • 675 students currently enrolled in degree programs (MS, DNP, PhD), including 60 new PhD, ACML, and Post-Bac DNP students who started this September
  • 111 students currently enrolled in non-degree program (Online Prerequisites for Entry to Nursing program)
  • Age range: 20 - 73
  • 33 states represented  
  • 25 countries represented  
  • 13% of students identify as men  
  • 50% of students identify as Asian, Black, Hispanic, Native American, and/or Pacific Islander  
  • 92% of students receive financial aid  
  • 69 full-time faculty members, including seven new full-time faculty members  
  • 35% of full-time and part-time faculty identify as Asian, Black, Hispanic, Native American, and/or Pacific Islander

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