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Interim Dean Kathleen Golisz

Message from the Interim Dean, SHNS

It is a pleasure to welcome you to the School of Health and Natural Sciences at Mercy University. The outstanding programs in the School provide students the opportunity to explore basic and applied sciences and health care careers. The faculty of the School is student-focused and dedicated to providing high-quality educational experiences that lead to rewarding careers in the health and natural science fields. 

Kathleen Golisz, OTD, OTR, FAOTA
Interim Dean, School of Health and Natural Sciences

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Clinical Laboratory Science

Clinical laboratory testing plays a crucial role in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of disease. Clinical laboratory scientists, also referred to as medical technologists, and clinical laboratory technologists, are part of the health care team that collaborates with physicians in the treatment of patients.  They examine and analyze body fluids, cells, and tissues.

The Clinical Laboratory Science Program is accredited by the National Accreditation Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).

The Clinical Laboratory Science program at Mercy University consists of three years of general education and basic science courses.  The fourth year of the CLS program consists of a combination of clinical courses on campus and full-day hospital based clinical rotations.

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Clinical Simulation & Learning Labs

The Clinical Simulation Labs prepare students for their future as health care professionals.  New spaces at the Dobbs Ferry and Bronx campuses comprise specialized labs designed to simulate different disciplines within a health care facility. The Labs include control rooms, debriefing space and several large classrooms that are filled with state-of-the-art technology that give students real-world experience before they begin their clinical experiences.

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Tour the 3rd floor clinical simulation labs

This space includes a Clinical Skills and Assessment Lab, movement lab and home health labs, frequently used by students and faculty in our nursing occupational therapy, occupational therapy assistant, and physical therapy programs. 

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Explore a career in Communication Disorders

Speech and Hearing Clinic

The Speech and Hearing Clinic has served the community for more than 25 years with comprehensive diagnostic evaluations and therapy for preschoolers, school-aged children, adolescents and adults.  Students, faculty, staff, and persons served in the program’s clinic are treated in a nondiscriminatory manner.

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Advancing Curricular Change to Enhance Student Success

The U.S. Department of Education awarded Mercy University federal funding to develop and implement a project called Advancing Curricular Change to Enhance Student Success, or ACCESS. The project will expand and enrich opportunities for students in high-demand health science careers by improving student outcomes in Anatomy and Physiology I, a gateway course, and increasing the number of available nursing training slots to meet the pressing need for nurses, particularly in the New York City metropolitan area. The project will improve teaching and learning on an institution-wide basis through the implementation of high-impact practices, advancement of faculty development, and robust student engagement in the college experience.

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School of Health & Natural Sciences News

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Friday November 3, 2023

Military Medic Learns How to Heal Veterans at Mercy

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Physician Assistant students and faculty stand together for a group photo at the Bronx Campus

Tuesday October 17, 2023

Mercy’s Bronx Community Health Fair Raises Awareness and Connects Residents with Resources for a Healthier Life

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Tashauan Wynter with keynote speaker, Minda Harts

Thursday October 5, 2023

Mercy Scholar Shines at Leadership Conference for College Women

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Program Highlights

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Research Opportunities

Interested in getting involved in research? Interested in finding out about research internships?  Visit the Department of Natural Sciences page to read brief descriptions of faculty research interests and information about research internships and other programs.

Meet Lorraine Cashin

Local 2 Global Health Initiatives

Our School of Health and Natural Sciences interdisciplinary "Local to Global Health Initiative," engages students and faculty in partnership with community stakeholders to improve health and participation in life activities of at-risk and/or underserved populations. 

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STEM Scholars Program in Biology (SSB)

Mercy College has been awarded a five-year grant form the National Science Foundation's Scholarship Program in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (NSF S-STEM). We are one of six partner institutions participating in the grant.

Contact the School of Health & Natural Sciences

Kathleen Golisz, OTD, OTR, FAOTA
Interim Dean, School of Health
and Natural Sciences 

(914) 674-7814 
Main Hall 4PH

Irina Ellison, PhD 
Associate Dean 
(914) 674-7634 
Main Hall 208B

Simona Cazes 
Assistant to the Dean 
(914) 674-7837 
Main 4PH

Kate Keesler 
Administrative Assistant 
(914) 674-7444 
Main Hall 4PH