Health — 20 August 2011
Oriental School of Medicine to open in Manhattan's Chinatown

Oriental School of Medicine to open in Manhattan's Chinatown. Image by Afton Village via Flickr

The New York College of Health Professions, a private institutionally accredited college based in Syosset, N.Y., with a facility in Luo Yang, China, has announced the opening of its second Manhattan location at the University Settlement on Houston Street and Bowery in Chinatown. Due to high demand, the downtown Chinatown site quickly followed the opening of the College’s first location at The Riverside Church in Morningside Heights, near Columbia University, Barnard and the City University. The only private institutionally accredited College of its kind in the Metropolitan area, the two new sites will be open for Fall classes.

“It seemed natural that an Oriental Medicine School should be in Chinatown,” said Lisa Pamintuan, president of New York College of Health Professions. “For years, Chinese practitioners and herbalists have been working in Chinatown, and we are the first institutionally accredited College to open in the neighborhood. We look forward to serving the community, and to working with all students who want to learn about Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine, Massage Therapy or Holistic Nursing, and who now will have access to us on Houston Street.”

The site at the University Settlement is located at in the hot new Soho / Chinatown hub that is an easy commute from Brooklyn and Queens, as well as Manhattan. The University Settlement also houses classrooms for NYU and Cooper Union, among other non-profit organizations.

“We are thrilled to welcome New York College and its students to this University Settlement site, where the mission of health and preventative activities are at the core of our services to the community,” says Susan Haskell, Director of University Settlement at the Houston Street Center.

Operating out of a 70,000 square foot campus in Syosset, Long Island, graduates from New York College are sought out because of the College’s worldwide reputation for excellence. The College, a non-profit pioneer in Holistic Health for thirty years is on the forefront of holistic health and preventative medicine. In addition to being one of the premier institutions in the world in its field for higher education, the institution also has a portfolio of patents for everything from Acupressure Clothing to Ultraviolet LED’s that can kill airborne bacteria as air re-circulates in the vents of planes, trains and buses.

“The field of holistic health is one of the hottest growing fields in health care, and with that demand there is a greater need for non-profit colleges to provide high quality education in this area,” said president Pamintuan. “Bloomberg Businessweek rated Massage Therapy as the number one career for 2011.”

New York College is the only national institutionally accredited private college of its kind in the New York Metropolitan area, and is bridging the gap between Eastern and Western medicine. Having institutional accreditation means students can have many choices for pathway programs in health care. Graduates from the College may enter into other programs in the health industry or practice once licensed. For students who want graduate degrees, New York College offers those in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Several years ago the College introduced a retraining program for nurses at Bellevue Hospital, and has also worked with other hospitals and the general health care community. The new sites in Manhattan will greatly accelerate this process.

A not-for-profit institution chartered under the New York State Board of Regents, the College has worked with major hospitals such as Bellevue, Beth Israel, Flushing Hospital and the North Shore / Long Island Jewish Health System. In addition to its Luo Yang facility in China, it is also working with the Ministry of Education in Henan Province, China, to build a relationship with one of the province’s major medical and nursing schools.

New York College of Health Professions has been a leader in Holistic Health education and was the first institution of higher learning in the United States to offer a Bachelors degree in therapeutic bodywork, as well as the first in New York State approved to offer a degree in Massage Therapy. The College provides a broad range of educational programs and training – Associate, Bachelors and Masters Degrees as well as Certificate programs and Continuing Education.


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