Dean’s Welcome

Dean Kropf of Lewis School of Nursing

Dean’s Welcome

Welcome to the Byrdine F. Lewis College of Nursing and Health Professions!

Health careers are among the most vital professions in the U.S. labor force, and our graduates practice with all generations in society, from infants to older adults. Recent data show that chronic disease impacts half of the adult population nationally. Also, advances in health care and the aging of the population affect health care demands as older adults make up approximately 20% of the total U.S. population. In addition to living longer, Americans are also more involved in managing their health. These phenomena increase the need for healthcare professionals.

Our college prepares you for a healthcare career as we offer degrees in health informatics, nursing, nutrition, occupational therapy, physical therapy and respiratory therapy. If you’re interested in one of these dynamic careers — we have a place for you!

Our faculty members are experts in their respective fields and are recognized for their teaching skills. As an example, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia selected the Department of Physical Therapy for the 2017 Regents’ Teaching Excellence Award for Departments and Programs. Also, a team of our undergraduate interdisciplinary health informatics students took first place in the Fall 2016 Health IT Slam Competition which challenged students to develop innovative solutions in healthcare information technology. These are just a two examples of the excellent level of instruction with our school that promotes a learning environment where students discover the complex world of health care!

A critical aspect of our program is having our students learn by doing. Beyond the classroom, our students spend hours in labs practicing clinical skills on technologically advanced simulation mannequins. We supplement on-campus learning with interprofessional education exercises that teach our students to work in multi-disciplinary teams as they will in health care environments. After gaining competence in skills, students advance to hospitals and other health care facilities for real world experience.

Because of the time spent in simulation and clinical experience, our students graduate ready to work in in most health care settings. Our licensure pass rates are well above national averages. For example, our respiratory therapy program has held a 100 percent pass rate for the past seven years and has received national recognition for this accomplishment. Our graduates are prepared to enter their professions with the necessary knowledge, skills, and experience for their health care careers!

In addition to being expert teachers and clinicians, our faculty is engaged in vital healthcare research. Their projects include ways to reduce the incidence of insulin-dependent diabetes, improve techniques during stroke rehabilitation, create designs for adaptive virtual reality toys for children with cerebral palsy, and to care for persons with dementia. These are a few examples of how research is improving the lives and functioning of individuals with health care needs.

We in the Byrdine F. Lewis College of Nursing and Health Professions are privileged to be educating the next generation of health care professionals and are proud of the accomplishments of our students and alumni. Learn more about us and our impact by exploring our website or following us on social media. And ask your healthcare providers if they are Georgia State graduates. You’ll discover that our grads are the people who care for people – and we welcome you to explore the dynamic world of healthcare as a career choice for you!

With warm regards,
Nancy P. Kropf, Ph.D.
Dean and Professor