Contact: Linda Zango-Haley

Acting Director Communications and Marketing

York College, City University of New York



Jamaica, New York, February 23, 2012 – A “Ribbon-Cutting” ceremony at York College/City University of New York on Friday, February 24 will officially open the School of Health and Behavioral Sciences’ nursing program simulation laboratory. The new state-of-the-art facility is designed to provide future registered nursing students with basic and advanced nursing skill preparation through the use of over 20 “simulated patient mannequins” programmed for geriatric, adult, pediatric, critical care and maternity nursing demonstrations. The new laboratory, designed like hospital rooms includes eight-bed, twelve-bed, and simulation-pediatric maternity units; as well as a 32-desk computer lab resource classroom.

“The York College program is designed to prepare nurses to be proficient in caring for complex patient needs in today’s technologically advanced healthcare arena,” said Dr. Lynne Clark, Dean of the School of Health and Behavioral Sciences. “Simulation patients provide a safe learning experience that prepares students to be capable nurse practitioners and have the advanced skills needed to work with critically ill patients with complex health needs.”

The RN- Baccalaureate Program in Nursing at York College /CUNY is the only four-year degree nursing program available in the borough of Queens. According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the United States nursing shortage is expected to intensify as baby boomers age and the need for health care grows. As a result, nursing colleges and universities across the country are struggling to expand enrollment levels to meet the rising demand for nursing care.

Some year’s ago York College saw the necessity to invest in expanding our nursing program to include these state-of-the-art simulation laboratories to competitively prepare  York College students for the entry level positions in Nursing. The opening of these  labs is a dream fulfilled.” said Dr. Marcia Keizs, President of York College.

“The liberal arts-based educational experience offered by York College Generic Baccalaureate four-year program prepares nursing students to think critically, adapt to the healthcare needs of diverse cultural groups and have the advantage of being technologically advanced, “said Dean Lynne Clark. “York’s program is geared to help students secure employment as RNs and become future nurse leaders and managers. Also, the York College program will be a resource recruiting quality nurses for positions in local  healthcare facilities in Queens and the surrounding New York metropolitan area.”

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the health care industry added over 400,000 jobs throughout the 18-mnth recession period and continues to grow at a steady rate.

York College, a senior college of The City University of New York (CUNY), offers baccalaureate degrees in the liberal arts and sciences, accounting and business, journalism, communications technology, computer science, social work, teacher education, various health professions including nursing and aviation management. York College is the only CUNY senior college offering majors in gerontology, biotechnology, information systems management and a BS/MS degree in occupational therapy. For more information: http://www.york.cuny.edu