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Letter from the Dean

Dean of the College of Nursing & Health Sciences

Welcome to the future of nursing and health professions education at the Florida International University Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences (NWCNHS).

As you browse our website, you will discover a young, vibrant academic institution making important strides in interdisciplinary healthcare education, research and in the delivery of high quality, culturally competent patient care both locally and globally.

From its early days several decades ago, our institution has evolved from a small school of nursing into a major college within FIU, encompassing a wide spectrum of healthcare disciplines and a variety of degree programs at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels.

In many ways, our College initiatives and programs manifest important changes in our nation that are impacting our healthcare system:

  • Greater ethnic and cultural diversity in the patient population
  • Increasing use of advanced technology
  • More emphasis on research as the foundation for evidence-based practice
  • A strategic shift toward interdisciplinary collaboration
  • The creative pursuit of innovation and community partnerships

You will see these themes reflected throughout our programs, which include the disciplines of nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, communications sciences and disorders, health services administration and athletic training.

FIU CNHS has graduated more than 9,000 healthcare professionals and ranks as the second largest producer of nurses in Florida. Graduates from all of our programs play a key role in meeting the demand for ethnically diverse healthcare professionals who understand the needs of increasingly multicultural populations.

Discover why the FIU Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences is Worlds Ahead in its vision for the future of healthcare.  Visit our campus, meet our exceptional faculty, students and staff, and experience the future of nursing and health sciences at FIU.


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