Dean’s Welcome

Dean Kropf of Lewis School of NursingWelcome to the Byrdine F. Lewis School 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, physical therapy and respiratory therapy. In addition, we are thrilled to announce a new degree in occupational therapy, scheduled to enroll the first class in 2017. If you’re interested in one of these dynamic careers — we have a place for you!

Our faculty members are experts in their fields and our students learn by doing. Beyond classroom lectures, our students spend hours in the lab 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, which range from 94 to 100 percent, are well above national averages. Our graduates are prepared to enter their professions with necessary knowledge, skills and experience for their health care careers!

In addition to being expert teachers and clinicians, our faculty is engaged in vital health care 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 develop ways to further geriatric-care education. 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 School 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 health care as a career choice for you!

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