Judith Graziano

Welcome Message from the Dean

Dr. Judith Graziano, Ph.D., RN
Interim Dean, College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Welcome to the College of Nursing and Health Sciences (CNHS) at Metropolitan State University.  CNHS enjoys a long history of providing accredited programs in the areas of nursing and dental hygiene. The college promotes educational advancement through uniquely designed programs, community partnerships, scholarly activities, and academic excellence that are guided by the mission to prepare graduates to enhance the health of underserved and diverse populations. Programs are offered at our St. Paul campus and many community college partner campuses throughout the Twin Cities metropolitan region and outstate through dual admission and enrollment processes.

The first nursing program at Metropolitan State University was established in 1981 as part of the university's mission to provide high-quality baccalaureate-level education to registered nurses seeking to complete their bachelor's degrees. Since that time programming has continuously expanded; the CNHS currently offers a full range of degree programs in nursing and dental hygiene including the Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN), Entry Level Master of Science in Nursing (ELMSN), Minnesota Alliance for Nursing Education Bachelor of Science in Nursing (MANE BSN), Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), preparing nurses for advanced practice as family nurse practitioners; Bachelor of Science program in Dental Hygiene (BSDH), Post Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Dental Hygiene, and the Master of Science in Advanced Dental Therapy (MSADT) program, which is the first program of its kind in the nation, preparing baccalaureate educated and licensed dental hygienists for the new dental provider role of Advanced Dental Therapy.

Our professors are highly skilled educators, clinicians, and scholars who have designed rigorous curricula at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Our team of advisors, staff, and faculty provide students with educational experiences that are accessible and flexible where students from all backgrounds have equitable opportunities to participate and succeed. Learning experiences engage students in community settings, classroom, simulation labs, and online environments designed to prepare health professionals to respond to the increasingly complex health care needs of individuals, families, and communities. Graduates are prepared to contribute to the advancement of practice in nursing and other health sciences and to foster expanded practice and research opportunities through collaboration with educational and service partners.

I invite you to explore our website and encourage you to become part of our CNHS community to enhance your professional and career goals.