Dear Students and College Community,
First and foremost, I want to welcome you back to Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences. Once again, I thank our students, their parents and their significant others for entrusting Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences with your education. I hope this new academic year is full of wonderful surprises and much success. To our faculty and staff, my appreciation for your work and commitment to our institution.
Saint Luke's College honored Dr. M. Kathleen Brewer, PhD, ARNP, BC, as the newest member the emeritus faculty on Wednesday, August 9, 2017. The ceremony was attended by board members and the emeritus faculty.
On May 13, 2017, 136 Saint Luke’s College nursing students received bachelor’s and master’s of science in nursing degrees and post-graduate certificates. This was the largest number of students to graduate in the College’s 114-year history.
“This large graduating class reflects what is happening in health care and at the College,” said College President Hubert Benitez, DDS, PhD. “As health care continues to change and expand, the College continues to expand its quality nursing programs while developing allied health degrees to fulfill workplace demand.”
Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences will launch another master’s degree in fall 2017 in the area of Family Nurse Practitioner with an emphasis in mental health.
Most experts agree that demand for advanced practice registered nurses will only continue to grow into the near future. In their most recent report, “Missouri’s Nursing Workforce – 2015,” the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services concludes that these nurses will “play a critical role in filling the gap in access to primary care services in most, if not all areas of Missouri.”
Progress, growth and differentiation: the College continues to act on its Vision 2020 Strategic Plan
The year 2016 was a remarkable year at Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences. Guided by its principles and values of professionalism, respect, integrity and respecting high academic standards, the College reached a number of important milestones. First, the College successfully completed its reaccreditation process with the Higher Learning Commission – we met all of the Commission’s criteria for accreditation and the Commission continued the accreditation of the College with the next reaffirmation of accreditation in 2025-2026.