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Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences Honors 2019 Graduating Class

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June 06, 2019
Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences, the area’s preeminent institution for the health care field, celebrated the 2018-2019 graduating class at its May 16 commencement ceremony, honoring 600 students across 17 degree programs.
 
The 2018-2019 graduating class included 331 associate’s degrees across 10 different programs, including Nursing, Cardiac Electrophysiology, Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Surgical Technology.
 
Additionally, 230 students earned bachelor’s degrees from the College’s Nursing, Health Sciences and Healthcare Administration programs. This year marked the first graduating class for the College’s Three-Year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program – the only accelerated BSN program in the state – with 26 graduates. Additionally,  39 students achieved a master’s degree in either Nursing or Healthcare Administration.
 
“We’re proud to celebrate another class of students entering the workforce to make an impact and serve the health needs of our communities,” said Dr. Mary Grace Simcox, president of Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences. “Our learning approach is centered around providing real-life, hands-on experiences with faculty experienced in the clinical setting, a state-of-the-art simulation facility, and interdisciplinary exercises that model the dynamics and intricacies of a hospital. We are confident these graduates will serve patients with care, compassion and competence, and we look forward to seeing them excel in what they do next.”
 
Laura Fisher and Karen Lupfer, both graduates of 
PA College’s Three-Year Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, were the featured student speakers. Fisher and Lupfer reminisced about their time at PA College — the lessons learned, the hours worked, and lasting friendships built — and encouraged their fellow students to hold tightly to those experiences while looking to the future and considering the kind of people and professionals they want to become. 
 
Dr. Louise Aronson, Harvard Medical School graduate, geriatrician, writer, educator and professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, served as the special guest commencement speaker.
 
Several students received awards, recognizing their outstanding academic and clinical achievements. Jennifer Burkhart and Amanda Newell received the Academic Excellence Award in the Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing program, Carol Wenger received the Outstanding Graduate Award in the Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing program and Kelly Frye received the Academic Excellence Award in the Associate Degree in Nursing program. Alice Wheeler was this year’s recipient of the Judith A. Weaver Hibel Award in the Associate Degree in Nursing program, and Jennifer Smith was honored with the Florence Nightingale Award in the Associate Degree in Nursing program.
 
To learn more about Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences, visit 
PAcollege.edu.
 
 
About Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences
A dynamic and academically rigorous institution, Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences is a private, accredited, four-year college focusing exclusively on the field of health care. Offering associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs, as well as a number of certificate programs, PA College provides professional development for health care workers throughout their career. Located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, the College attracts a select group of more than 1,800 students to study with faculty who are experts in their specialty areas.
 
 

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