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    Purcell School of Professional Studies at Le Moyne College


    Message From The Dean

    Distinctiveness is what we are all about!  As one of America’s 28 Jesuit colleges and universities, we have the strength of a 450-year tradition of preparing educators and health care professionals at every level.  The Jesuit network is the largest educational constituency in the world.  The Kathy and John Purcell School of Professional Studies at Le Moyne College exemplifies the excellence that provides its students with outstanding opportunity within the walls of the learning environment and beyond. 

         The Purcell School of Professional Studies (PSPS) offers an educational experience unlike any other.  You will find success in your chosen field, while understanding the importance of your contribution to making a real difference. It is the intimate relationship between student and faculty member that ultimately produces a professional graduate who has the mental capacity and passion to truly make our world a better place.  In PSPS you will be part of a rich intellectual environment that thrives in our academic enterprise.  Our faculty recognize the important role of research and scholarship in preparing tomorrow’s educators and health care professionals.  At Le Moyne, you will become a leader for life.   You will be committed to learning, leading, and serving others.  The programs in PSPS provide the skill set necessary to succeed in our changing environment.

         The Purcell School of Professional Studies offers outstanding programs at the undergraduate and graduate level in Nursing, Education, Physician Assistant Studies, and Occupational Therapy.  The School also serves adult students and veterans through its Center for Continuing Education.  Look closely at our offerings and discover a rich and successful future at Le Moyne College.

    Best Wishes,

    Margaret Wells, Ph.D., R.N., APN- BC

    Interim Dean



    Our Mission


    In alignment with the Le Moyne College vision and mission, Purcell School prepares students with foundational and advanced knowledge and skills to serve others at the highest capacity in their chosen profession. Graduates are well educated to lead meaningful lives as individuals who are committed to lifelong learning, professional leadership, community engagement, respect for diversity and public service in the Jesuit tradition of excellence.

    Strategic Initiatives

    Collaborate with GPS Faculty and Administrators – Create and maintain a supportive governance structure to engage all faculty and administrators in the work of determining the direction of current and new program development across all PSPS programs, with specific focus on the areas of education, health sciences, and professional studies, and to establish a unified presence on campus regionally and nationally. 

    Assess Programs – Continually assess programs for viability, revision and improvement including potential for new delivery formats.

    Assess Services for students – Assess student needs and work collaboratively with other campus constituents to enhance and support educational experiences and professional development.

    Cultivate External Relationships – Expand community relationships and interdisciplinary partnerships with educational institutions, healthcare entities, business/industry, and non-profits to offer programs that meet present and future social and workforce needs.

    Establish new mission based programs for PSPS to deliver educational services on campus, at satellite locations and via distance locations to a diverse population of students from various ethnic, racial, socioeconomic, age, cultural, varying abilities and experiential backgrounds.

    Resources and Support – Beyond internal funding, PSPS will seek outside funding through government and private sources to advance graduate and professional study at Le Moyne. Data driven resources review to ensure equity in distributing resources are provided according to PSPS.

    Our Stories


    Photo Eddie de la Cruz

    Eddie de la Cruz

    / 2015

    “Everybody should go to college, not with the idea of becoming rich in money, but rich in mind."

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    Photo Yolanda Flowers

    Yolanda Flowers

    / 2015

    "Le Moyne provided me with excellent preparation."

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    Photo Danielle Downs

    Danielle Downs

    nursing / 2015

    “I couldn't imagine the things they have survived and have seen in their journeys.”

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    Nursing in Ghana

    "The most rewarding part of the trip was being able to immerse myself in the Ghanaian culture." - Christopher Spinella '14


    $6.5 Million Gift Renames Professional School In recognition of their generosity, the College has renamed its School of Graduate and Professional Studies as The Kathy & John Purcell School of Professional Studies. Learn More

    Office of the Dean
    Grewen Hall 304
    (315) 445-4240