Health Professions Programs
The Office of the University Dean for Health and Human Services is committed to supporting CUNY students as they complete their education and to addressing the growing health care needs of New Yorkers.
CUNY's Certificate in Health Coaching and Care Coordination was a five course, 10-credit sequence offered at no tuition cost to workers in the health care, behavioral health and social services sectors. Three cohorts of students began the certificate in summer 2012, fall 2012 and spring 2013. By December 2013 more than 40 students completed the intensive program.
Health Professions Scholars Program, a scholarship and career development initiative funded by the New York City Department of Small Business Services, supported 65 exemplary CUNY students pursuing degrees and jobs in the health sector. The project aimed to address workforce shortage areas and growth industries in healthcare. The first scholarships were awarded in fall 2009 to students in their first year of clinicals in nursing at NYC College of Technology, Queensborough Community College or Kingsborough Community College, their first year of clinicals in radiologic technology at NYC College of Technology, or upper division classes in medical technology at the College of Staten Island.
Research suggests that tuition support may impact retention rates for college students, and that the type and amount of aid is important. For example, a study published in The Journal of Higher Education revealed that not only did increasing amounts of Pell Grant aid increase retention rates, but also narrowed dropout gaps between minority students and white students (Chen and DesJardins, 2010). Studies like this demonstrate the importance of promoting educational opportunities through effective use of grant-based aid. The Health Professions Scholars program boasted a 98.5% retention rate for students after one year, and 83% of students graduated by June 2012.
The Assistant Patient Navigator (APN) program, offered with the New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, is an unpaid internship experience for CUNY students majoring in health and human services fields. Interns gain hands-on experience in the hospital setting, as they work with patients and other health professionals to make the colonoscopy screening process smoother and more accessible. Opportunities exist for APNs to gain academic credits, earn continuing education units, serve as patient navigators in other hospital departments/programs and/or participate in professional development activities. Since its inception during the spring 2011 semester, the program has placed more than 30 interns from across CUNY in public and private hospitals throughout New York City.