Wagner College launched its first doctoral program, a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP), in the fall of 2014. Offered by the Evelyn L. Spiro School of Nursing, the DNP program provides advanced training for nurses, with a special focus on disaster preparedness and population health worldwide. The interdisciplinary program, currently open to board-certified family nurse practitioners, is for working professionals who are expected to complete their doctorates in two years and three months, including two summers.
Physician Assistants Reach Out Through Project PAC
Wagner College started a physician assistant degree program in 1996, in cooperation with Staten Island University Hospital. Over the past nearly 20 years, the program has grown in popularity, scope, and reputation, along with the physician assistant profession. And now, Wagner’s PAs are more than ready to reach out and give back, while also gaining new opportunities for students to learn and practice their skills.
In 2014, the program launched Project PAC — which stands for “Providing Access to Care” — as a means of serving people with limited access to medical care and of involving alumni as well as faculty and students. Project PAC has global, local, educational, and research components. PA students have traveled to Belize and Guatemala on medical missions. Over the past 10 years, more than 100 Wagner PA students have done volunteer work with children and adolescents who have a variety of health challenges, at camps in various locations on and near Staten Island. For the past six years, all Wagner PA students have done teaching rotations at Port Richmond High School. They have also conducted health fairs all around Staten Island.
Pathways to Media and Film Careers
Last fall, Wagner launched a new MBA program in media management; and this spring, a new undergraduate major in film and media studies got its start. Both will help students pursue careers in industries that are burgeoning, especially in New York City. With an emphasis on documentary film, the new undergraduate program will contribute to the College’s mission of civic engagement by promoting filmmaking for journalistic and historical purposes. The MBA in media management focuses on practical experience, with students creating business plans for their own media ventures.