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The School of Nursing and Health Sciences is home to the Departments of Urban Public Health and Nutrition, Communication Sciences and Disorders, and Nursing. The programs within these departments are flourishing and are well-respected inside and outside of the University. Faculty and staff are committed to students and the work they are doing and students live our mission of caring for vulnerable, underserved, and diverse populations through their clinical and service activities. Our focus is on promoting the health and education of individuals, families, and communities through an interprofessional lens.
Where applicable, our programs are fully accredited which reflects adherence to specific standards for the curricula for the major. As undergraduate students, this is an important consideration since most graduate programs in healthcare disciplines are looking for graduates of accredited programs.
The undergraduate Nutrition program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®); the undergraduate and graduate programs in Public Health by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), the undergraduate and graduate programs in Nursing by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE); and the graduate Speech Language and Hearing program by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
Consistent with Lasallian values, the mission of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences is to provide scientifically-based education programs to prepare students as proficient, caring health professionals engaged in evidence-based practice, advocacy, service, and life-long learning.
La Salle University School of Nursing and Health Sciences leads in the implementation of curricula based on the health needs of populations that mobilize social, political, and healthcare and educational resources and aimed at the welfare of vulnerable, underserved, and diverse populations through educational and service programs. Faculty implement programs of research, scholarship, leadership, and practice that promote the health and education of people.
- To engage students in educational, service, and research programs aimed at caring for people they serve;
- To facilitate student development in critical thinking, effective communication, and knowledge, skill, and values to care and advocate for the health of individuals, families, groups, and communities locally, regionally, and globally.
School of Nursing and Health Sciences, Dean’s Office
St. Benilde, Room 4000
Staff Contact Information
Kathleen Czekanski, PHD, RN, CNE
Dean, School of Nursing and Health Sciences
St. Benilde, Room 4000
Meredith Kneavel, PhD
Associate Dean, School of Nursing and Health Sciences
St. Benilde, Room 4408
Administrative Assistant Dean’s Office/ Assistant to the Dean and Associate Dean
St. Benilde, Room 4403
Schedules appointments with the Dean and Associate Dean; sends letters to students who are on the Dean’s List.
Mary Dorr, MSN, RN
Assistant Dean, School of Nursing and Health Sciences
St. Benilde, Room 1101
Advises students; assists students who want to study abroad; approves courses taken outside of La Salle for transfer credits; approves students seeking CLEP exam approval; meets with students who want to change major into the School of Nursing and Health Sciences; discussed minors offered in School of Nursing and Health Sciences; posts transfer credits for accepted transfer students; conducts graduation audits; reviews validation paperwork for transfer for incoming freshmen; review AP credits for transfer.
Sheila McLaughlin, MSN, RN
ACHIEVE Evening & Weekend and RN-BSN Program
St. Benilde Room 1104
Advises ACHIEVE – Evening & Weekend Undergraduate NUR students and RN-BSN students; approves students seeking CLEP exam approval: posts transfer credits for accepted transfer students; conducts graduation audits.
St. Benilde Room 1100
Assists with processing of University withdrawals and Course withdrawals; sends letters to students placed on Academic Censure; assists with notification of students who receive specific scholarships; assists with general academic-related inquiries; sends letter to incoming students who receive AP credits.
Opportunities Outside the Classroom
International Education Opportunities: Opportunities to enhance a student’s international exposure are offered through study abroad and travel/study options. La Salle has strong ties with the American University of Rome in Italy, Universidad La Salle in Mexico City, Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia, and the National University of Ireland in Galway, where students have the opportunity to have semester-long learning experiences. Students may also gain acceptance to the summer UniLaSalle-Campus de Beauvais program in France. Nutrition students have the opportunity to study in France and participate in an intensive, interdisciplinary program that combines culinary arts and health sciences.
Student Nutrition Organization
La Salle Explorers Advocating Nutrition (LEAN) seeks to promote awareness of good nutritional health through education and service activities for students, faculty, and staff of La Salle University and its surrounding community.