College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Message from the Dean

Vision is knowing who you are, where you're going, and what will guide your journey,  Ken Blanchard (1982).

At the beginning of every academic year, we face the challenge of bringing it to a happy ending. We as academicians, survive multiple challenges every year which include: updating programs and curricula, integrating new knowledge and technology advances, meeting expectations and leading students to success, and responding to parents’ concerns regarding career choices of their youth. It is seems to be an easy job if someone looks at it from the outside. On the inside, it is a totally different story, and the stress that comes with it is tremendous. Increasing achievement is never an easy job, closing the achievement gap is even harder. Achievement does not only involve students, but also administrators, faculty and the whole college staff. Success is a team effort and the team always needs to embrace change and become more innovative. It is worthwhile always to pilot a change, and help blossom new ideas and practices. Remember, we are working with generations of the future, and they cannot be taught by methods from the past.

"Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren't used to an environment where excellence is expected", Steve Jobs.

Founded in 1948, the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Makassed University of Beirut is one of the oldest schools of nursing in the country; and in concert with the mission of the Makassed Philanthropic Islamic Association, is dedicated to serving the community through quality academic education. Since then, it has passed through several milestones and became a leading academic institution graduating high quality health care professionals to meet the challenges of the health care industry. The College of Nursing and Health Sciences is well positioned to ease the demand for BSN prepared nurses through our quality nursing program. Our experienced faculty accentuates the importance of this community-based program through their expertise and involvement in teaching and service. The mission of our program is to prepare graduate nurses who are able to collaboratively function in inter professional health care teams.

Our undergraduate curriculum has a strong emphasis on health promotion across the life span and the care of individuals and families in changing and challenging health care environments. Graduates of the program receive a Bachelor of Science degree, are eligible to take the official licensure exam, and are prepared for general nursing practice in a variety of health care settings.

To meet the increasing demands for graduate nursing programs, the college also offers graduate education leading to a Master degree in Nursing Administration. Post basic certificates are also available for nurses working in various health care settings, where programs are tailored to institutional needs for continuing education in specific clinical specialties. To prepare graduates for challenging health care markets, we gathered the most current evidence regarding the education and practice in nursing and other health professions and developed quality programs for the 21st century.  

I invite you to explore the opportunities we have to offer and welcome you at the College of Nursing and Health Sciences - Makassed University of Beirut. This is an exciting time to be embarking on a career in health care for the ever changing field of health care. Our nationally accredited Bachelor of Science programs in nursing and other health specialties address the critical shortage of health care providers in the country and the region. Our graduates are currently working in many health care institutions in Lebanon and abroad, and occupying leading positions in those institutions. They are the true ambassadors of the Makassed, spreading a legacy that extends over 65 years.

The college is supported by a dedicated Board of Directors of the Makassed Association and committed faculty and staff. Welcome to this journey launching you into a career that will change your life – with potential for global career prospectives!


Dr. Sawsan H. Ezzeddine

Dean, College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Makassed University of Beirut