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A Brief History


New York College of Health Professions, founded by a group of dedicated holistic health care providers more than 38 years ago, is proud of its status today as a leading institution of holistic health education and care in the world.

Through the professional clinic founded in 1976, and the many patient requests to learn the techniques that were healing them from a wide range of disorders, the school was formed in 1981 and called the New Center for Wholistic Health Education and Research.

The school grew quickly as the community expressed greater interest in learning about the Eastern healing arts and their integration with Western medicine. An intensive college level curriculum was developed for Massage Therapy, and was approved by the New York State Board of Education in 1981, the first in the state. The program was approved by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York as a college degree program in 1996, the first independent degree in therapeutic bodywork in the United States.

The Acupuncture program was approved by the New York State Board of Education in 1992, also the first such program approved in the state, and was accredited for Bachelor/Master degree status in 1998, along with the Oriental Medicine program. That same year the school changed its name to the New York College for Wholistic Health, Education and Research.

All of the College's educational programs have evolved over years of study and include curriculums that integrate the methodologies of the East and the West for both preventative and curative medicine. One of the largest schools of holistic medicine in the country, New York College has one of the largest out-patient teaching clinical facilities where all of our students perform their clinical internship.

Approved to be called New York College of Health Professions in 2002, the College is located in an 40,000 square foot campus in Syosset, New York with three additional locations in New York City. The school continues to be a leader and pioneer in the field of Holistic health.

In 2007, the College received institutional accreditation, in addition to its programmatic accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine*, by the New York State Board of Regents and the Commissioner of Education**, a nationally recognized accrediting agency.  The ACAOM programatic accreditation for the Masters degree programs in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine was reaffirmed for a seven year period effective February 2014.

*ACAOM, 8941 Aztec Drive, Eden Prairie, MN 55347
** 89 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12234

Mission Statement & Goals

VisionNew York College is committed to the maintenance and enhancement of health – physical...

Mission StatementNew York College is committed to offering quality programs in health...

Educational ObjectivesThe following are the principal educational objectives...

The following are the principal educational objectives in support of the College's mission:

  • To provide students with the knowledge, skills and professionalism to become highly qualified practitioners in select health care fields.
  • To enable students to be fully capable of obtaining employment in their health care field.
  • To prepare students to be capable of passing the licensure and/or certification exams required to become a licensed or certified practitioner in New York State.
  • To develop in students a sense of ethical responsibility in the therapist-client dynamic and with fellow practitioners.
  • To provide students with an appreciation for continued learning throughout their professional careers.
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