Wagner College

Staten Island, NY

Wagner College

Staten Island, NY

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Setting the tempo for the future of Health Sciences

About Wagner 
Wagner College, a four-year private college, is known for its innovative curriculum connecting liberal arts education to practical learning experiences throughout New York City. Set on a hill overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and New York Harbor, Wagner’s 105-acre park-like campus is only a ferry ride away from the cultural, intellectual, and professional heart of America—Manhattan.

At Wagner, students “learn by doing” through a challenging, broad-based liberal arts curriculum that is anchored in the real world. Through the Wagner Plan for the Practical Liberal Arts, students become involved in fieldwork directly related to their courses in their very first semester. Learning communities help students connect to their studies, to their professors, and to each other. Internships—required for all students—provide valuable real-world experience before graduation. Wagner’s small class sizes and experienced professors, who teach both introductory and upper-level courses, are other features of its nationally acclaimed curriculum.

Beyond the classroom, Wagner offers a full spectrum of student activities—including more than 90 student clubs and organizations—that not only enrich the undergraduate years but also serve to prepare students for the challenges of life after graduation. As an NCAA Division I institution, Wagner offers 11 men’s and 15 women’s sports. Intramural programs and the College’s 93,000- sq. ft. sports and recreation center provide all students with athletic opportunities.

Undergraduate Health Science programs at Wagner

The undergraduate nursing program at Wagner College is designed to prepare students to become professional nurses who will be able to promote, restore, and maintain the health of individuals and groups within society.

This program is based on a core of knowledge, capitalizing on liberal arts and the sciences to foster learning about nursing theory and practice, health, the individual, and the environment. These foundations are the organizing framework for the nursing curriculum.

Upon completion of the program, the graduate will be able to assume the responsibility of working as a generalist in a variety of institutional and community health care settings, utilizing the abilities of inquiry and critical analysis for an evidenced based approach to practice. The program provides a thorough base for continued professional growth at the graduate level in order to meet the demands and challenges of the changing health care system.

Physician Assistant
The PA major consists of a two-year pre-PA curriculum focusing on prerequisites to entry into the PA Program followed by the three professional years of the PA Program. Successful completion of the PA Program leads to the BS/MS in Advanced PA Studies and eligibility to take the national certifying examination leading to the title of Certified Physician Assistant (PA-C).

During the first two years at Wagner College, students take courses in the sciences, that comprise preparation for the PA program, as well as the general education course requirements needed to proceed to the PA Program.

The PA Program is offered for the prospective student interested in pursuing a career as a PA. The PA Program culminates in the BS/ MS in Advanced PA Studies.


The New York Connection

New York City is one of the most vibrant and exciting cities in the world, and Wagner students and visitors get to explore the rich diversity of museums, cultures, arts, sports, and attractions in all five boroughs. From campus, a free shuttle takes you to the world-famous Staten Island ferry, a well-recognized icon of New York City transportation and a free ride into the heart of New York City.

Wagner Fast Facts

1,800 undergraduates and 375 graduate students enrolled, representing 45 states and 30 countries

The Wagner Plan for the Practical Liberal Arts integrates real-world experience into coursework beginning in a student’s first year. 

Student-faculty ratio of 14:1, making professors easily accessible

• Residence halls provide breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline, the Statue of Liberty, and the Atlantic Ocean

• Students can study abroad through the College’s four affiliated programs in Spain, Israel, France, and Italy. Dozens more programs are available through membership in the Institute for the International Education of Students and New American Colleges & Universities. In addition, Wagner’s Expanding Your Horizons program offers spring courses with short-term domestic and international travel components. 

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