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Dean's Spotlight

As the Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences (NWCNHS) at Florida International University begins a new era of Worlds Ahead teaching, research and service to the community, it is my honor to introduce myself to you as its new dean.

Fueled by intellect and driven by innovation and caring, the College prepares culturally competent healthcare professionals who serve multicultural communities through nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, athletic training and health services administration.  I am grateful for the opportunity to work alongside outstanding faculty in preparing our bright, highly motivated students to reach their dreams of becoming practitioners, researchers, educators and leaders.

Ours is a young and dynamic academic institution, with pioneering curricula focused on a “High-Touch/High-Tech” teaching approach and a strong emphasis on disease prevention and management. Students learn in one of the region’s most advanced health professions teaching environments, complete with a virtual hospital, our exclusive Clinical Assessment, Rehabilitation and Evaluation (CARE) Center and Simulation Teaching and Research (STAR) Center.

Complementing the College’s dedication to academic innovation, our commitment to community engagement provides our diverse students the opportunity to reach out beyond our campus and enhance healthcare delivery as they learn. Our College’s 9,000+ alumni continue to make a significant and lasting impact on the future of healthcare and on the lives of countless patients here in our own neighborhoods, and extending across the world.

In summary, we are ready with the right tools, the right people and the right vision to lead our graduates to succeed in this new world of 21st Century healthcare.  We welcome your continued support in this important work.

I would like the opportunity to meet you and give you an update on the College, and take a tour of our building.  Please contact (305) 348-7768 or to set a time to visit the college.  I look forward to meeting you soon.

All the best,


Ora Strickland, PhD, DSc (Hon), RN, FAAN
Dean and Professor
Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences