New ASU nursing degrees include holistic, community-health focuses

July 9, 2015

Arizona State University’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation has announced 10 new undergraduate, graduate and graduate-level certificate programs for students interested in nursing and health care. 

The new programs are designed to help meet the growing needs of a changing and expanded health-care landscape. ASU College of Nursing and Health Innovation The launch of 10 new nursing programs comes on the heels of a recent announcement by U.S. News & World Report highlighting ASU's nursing program among the top 25 nursing schools in the nation. Photo by: ASU College of Nursing and Health Innovation Download Full Image

The launch of these new programs comes on the heels of a recent announcement by U.S. News & World Report highlighting ASU’s nursing program among the top 25 nursing schools in the nation. The ranking also makes ASU the highest-ranked nursing program in Arizona. 

“We’re also excited to announce that many of the new Nursing and Health Innovation programs will be offered at ASU’s Downtown campus, and for the first time, at our ASU West campus,” said Teri Pipe, college dean. “Each campus will offer students a thriving environment where they can live on campus, experience urban life and learn in state-of-the-art facilities. Our new students will be immersed into these communities to grow and engage with fellow students driven with the same passion -- helping people and improving health.”

ASU is taking applications for each of the programs, which begin this fall. The new master’s degrees are concentrations associated with the Master of Science of Nursing, for which ASU is nationally ranked. Each concentration is open to RNs and will be delivered on campus at both the Downtown Phoenix and West campuses.

In response to feedback from focus groups and changes in health care, the college developed three new undergraduate degrees for students who are interested in careers in health but don’t necessarily want to enter nursing programs.

These undergraduate degree programs include a community health degree designed for students who want to create a healthy, sustainable community with an emphasis on working with specific populations. A second degree in integrative health takes a holistic approach to health that focuses on the mind, body and spirit. The third new undergraduate degree, Health Care Innovation, fosters students’ passion for leading transformative changes in health care through innovation, leadership and the creation of new products, processes and systems.

Among the new programs are five new certificates aimed at graduate-level students and professionals looking to expand their skills through continuing education without the time commitment required to complete a master’s degree. The certificates provide advanced training in Biospecimen Repository Administration, Care Coordination, Health Care Innovation, Innovation Leadership and Patient Safety and Health Care Quality. They will be offered online and on campus.

More information about each degree can be found at:

Written by Judy Keane

Kay Norton

July 9, 2015

Kay Norton, associate professor of musicology in the School of Music, recently published the book "Singing and Wellbeing: Ancient Wisdom, Modern Proof" (Routledge, 2015). The book offers evidence that a beautiful singing voice provides more than just pleasure and delves into the reasons why singing can actually promote optimal health."Music (and the arts) have tremendous potential to improve the human condition," says Norton. "Newer research in neuroscience and behavioral psychology offers evidence of why that's true, and I tried to make those facts accessible to a broad readership within and outside academia.

"Norton's book has chapters on singing in human evolution, singing and the mother's voice, why singing helps groups bond together, the power of singing in reaching people with dementia, and the widespread presence of singing in experiences of spirituality and religion. "Writing this book allowed me to do what I love best—think across disciplinary boundaries and discover what's fascinating," says Norton. Download Full Image