History in the Making: Saint Luke’s College expands its impact and legacy as it graduates its first allied health degree students

Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences held its fall commencement on Dec. 15, celebrating more than 100 students who received undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing. In addition—and for the first time in its history—the College conferred the first associate-level degrees in allied health.
This is the culmination of a strategic initiative that started in early 2016 when College President Hubert Benitez, DDS, PhD, presented a plan to expand the breadth and scope of the College’s academic offerings. This plan was formed to be responsive both to the College’s needs and to the workforce needs of Saint Luke’s Health System and the communities the College serves. 
According to Dr. Benitez, new degrees were designed to prepare the College’s students for a variety of occupations in the allied health area. They blended components of general education, basic sciences, and research—with a focus on the development of critical thinking skills.
With its expanded offerings, the College is celebrating its growth and successes as a comprehensive college of health sciences, while at the same time continuing its strong legacy of educating nurses. The College is proud to serve a diverse community and to make education and careers in the health sciences possible for students from all backgrounds.
Saint Luke’s College congratulates its fall 2018 graduates and celebrates the strong institution it is today—and looks forward to a bright future. Thanks to all who have been part of history in the making.