Touro College

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Touro College
Type Private
Established 1970
Endowment $14.0 million (2013)[1]
Chairman Mark Hasten
Chancellor Rabbi Doniel Lander
President Alan Kadish
Students 18,000+
Undergraduates 7,478[1]
Location New York City, New York, United States
40°44′32″N 73°59′25″W / 40.7421224°N 73.9902693°W / 40.7421224; -73.9902693Coordinates: 40°44′32″N 73°59′25″W / 40.7421224°N 73.9902693°W / 40.7421224; -73.9902693
Main Campus 27-33 West 23rd Street, New York, NY 10010
Colors Blue and White          
Graduate School of Education, New York City
Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, Harlem
Nursing school, Brooklyn

Touro College is a sponsored independent institution of higher and professional education, in New York City, New York, United States. Founded by Bernard Lander,[2] the College was established primarily to enrich the Jewish heritage, and to serve the larger American community. Approximately 18,000 students are currently enrolled in the various schools and divisions that comprise the Touro College and University System.[3]

The system includes Touro College, The Touro College and University System Graduate Division, Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, and New York Medical College, accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education,[4][5] as well as Touro University California and Touro University Nevada, both of which are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.[6] The non-profit online university, Touro University Worldwide (TUW), is also part of the Touro College and University Systems.[7]


Touro College was chartered by New York State in 1970.[8] Named after Jewish community leaders Judah and Isaac Touro, the college opened with a class of 35 liberal arts and sciences students in 1971.[9] Since its inception, the college has demonstrated significant growth. A women’s division was added to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and schools of general studies, law and health sciences; three osteopathic medical schools in California, Nevada, and New York were subsequently organized. The college organized sister institutions in Paris, France,[10] Berlin, Germany,[11] Israel,[12] and Russia (when it was part of the Soviet Union). In 2006, the Israeli Touro college campus turned into an independent institute of higher education recognized by the Council of Higher Education in Israel followed by the name Lander Institute, which provides a number of degrees in subjects such as business, accounting, education and more.[citation needed]


In 2006 Dr. Issac Herskowitz founded the Touro College Graduate School of Technology (GST), to prepare tomorrow's technology leaders. GST offers three industry-driven master's degrees: a Master of Science in Information Systems, with concentrations in Database Systems, Data Communications, Technology Leadership/Project Management, and Web and Application Development; an innovative Master of Arts degree in Web and Multimedia Design which integrates elements of design and programming; and a popular Master of Science degree in Instructional Technology, with a teacher certification track, for teachers who lead with the use technology in the classroom, as well as a corporate trainer track, for corporate educators who wish to employ the latest in instructional technologies in the corporate setting.

The Graduate School of Technology specializes in serving students from around the world, representing a kaleidoscope of nationalities, cultures and religions. They are either current professionals who are seeking to upgrade their skills, or newcomers to the field who are given the tools to upgrade and fine-tune their technology skills. In the process, they can also lock in the managerial skills and technical expertise to transition into highly desirable information, communications, and educational management positions.

The Graduate School of Technology faculty members are committed to teaching excellence, sharing in the classroom and online a comprehensive and engaging curriculum accompanied by their years of hands-on experience and real-world knowledge.

In the 2012–2013 academic year Touro College had a total undergraduate enrollment of 7,478 students.[1] Touro offers graduate programs in physical therapy,[13] education,[14] law,[15] MBA, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, social work, and technology. Recently, the pharmacy program at the Touro College of Pharmacy in Harlem received full accreditation status from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.[16]

In 2012, Touro College of Pharmacy faculty, staff and students administered 2,000 influenza vaccines within the Harlem community and faculty pharmacists immunized 604 people during Harlem Immunization Week.[17] Additionally, in 2010, Touro College of Pharmacy received the American Pharmacists Association's Immunization Champion Award through partnership with New York City Department of Health & New York Academy of Medicine.[18]

In May 2011, Touro affiliated with New York Medical College (NYMC),[8][9] a health sciences university and medical school located in Westchester, New York and affiliated with several New York City hospitals. In addition to the M.D. degree, NYMC offers doctoral and masters programs in public health, physical therapy and the basic sciences.[19]

December 2013 – The Touro College and University System announced the appointment of former Nevada Congresswoman Shelley Berkley to the position of CEO and Senior Provost of Touro’s Western Division. Berkley took the helm of both the Nevada and California campuses.[20]

September 2014 - Marking a major milestone for Middletown, Orange County and the Hudson Valley, Harlem-based Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine celebrated the grand opening of its new campus in Middletown.[21]

In July 2015 Touro announced The Hebrew Theological College (HTC) of Skokie, Ill. officially joined the Touro College and University System.[22]

In 2015 Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harlem received several awards for leadership and service, including a community service award from the NAACP-Mid Manhattan Branch and a “Spirit of the Heart” award from the international Association of Black Cardiologists for its work in eliminating disparities in healthcare.[23]

In October 2015, Touro announced that New York State Senator Simcha Felder had joined the faculty of the Lander College of Arts and Sciences (LAS) in Flatbush, a division of Touro College, as an assistant professor of management. Felder would also serve as an assistant dean of recruitment.[24]

The 2015 Social Mobility Index (SMI) ranks Touro College high in its contribution toward narrowing the economic gap in the U.S. Making the SMI top twenty for the first time, Touro College scored high on all SMI variables: number of low income students admitted and graduated, low tuition cost and high employment outcomes after graduation.[25]

In 2015, for the third year in a row, Touro College Graduate School of Education awarded more Master of Education degrees to minority students than any other college or university in New York State, according to the magazine, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.[26]


In 2007, at least two school employees were caught by an internal college audit accepting bribes to change grades and provide fake degrees. They were handed over for prosecution by the college and subsequently convicted and imprisoned.[27][28][29]

Degree programs[edit]

Doctoral: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.); Professional: Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO), Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), Doctor of Public Health (DrPH), Juris Doctor (J.D.), Doctor of Medicine (M.D.), Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD); Master’s: Master of Arts (M.A.), Master of Arts in Education (MAEd), Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Education (MEd), Master of Laws (LL.M), Master of Science in Medical Health Sciences (MSMHS), Master of Professional Studies (MPS), Master of Public Health (MPH), Master of Science (M.S.), Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT), Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS), Master of Social Work (MSW); Bachelor’s: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN); Associate: Associate in Arts (A.A.), Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.), Associate in Occupational Studies (A.O.S.), Associate in Science (A.S.);Certificates: Various certificate degree programs offered at graduate and undergraduate levels, in such areas as bilingual education, school leadership, and business.[30]

Notable alumni[edit]

Boyd Melson (right)

See also[edit]


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