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College of Health Careers

Educating for the Future

To meet the growing need for experienced nurses, Rochester Regional Health recently created the College of Health Careers. Included in the College of Health Careers is the successful Isabella Graham Hart School of Practical Nursing, which has been helping students become licensed practical nurses, or LPNs, for more than 50 years.

Many of those students want to continue their studies and become registered nurses, or RNs, but – until the College of Health Careers started its own RN program – it could take years before students could find a spot in a program. Now, more students have the opportunity to become RNs, and the Rochester region has more of the highly trained nurses it needs.

The College of Health offers studies in respiratory therapy, surgical technology, dental assistance and more. The new space features advanced technology, such as state-of-the-art simulation labs, to provide students with the training to support their future careers.

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Empowering diverse populations to pursue a career in nursing, provides an educated impact on the communities they serve.
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Approximately one-third of the LPN graduates become employed by Rochester Regional.
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To purchase equipment and cutting-edge technology, it will cost $2.5 million.
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The new space will have advanced technology, such as simulation labs, that will provide our students the highest level of training to support their future careers.

Our Impact, Together

The health care community as a whole is already facing a nursing shortage, and several nurses left the profession due to the pandemic. Plus, the average age for nurses is 58, which means many will retire soon and leave even more open positions.

Thankfully, the College of Health can help with both the number of qualified nurses entering the field and the diversity of those nurses. Rochester Regional is working to reduce racial inequality and structural racism and that commitment starts with providing education to residents in vulnerable communities:

At Irondequoit Mall

Near one of the most economically disadvantaged neighborhoods.

More than 70%

In 2020, students enrolled were African-American, Hispanic or Asian.

10 Months

A nursing education can lift individuals out of poverty.

A gift to the College of Health helps to ensure we all have highly skilled nurses available when we need them most – and it gives hardworking families a better chance at financial stability.