(Lancaster) -- A Lancaster County nursing and health sciences school is changing its name in a move to attract more students and better define its purpose.
Lancaster General College of Nursing and Health Sciences is now Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences.
Over a two-year period, prospective students and their families, along with current students and other stakeholders, were asked to share their perceptions of the school.
School leaders say the new name avoids the confusion some found around the word "general" - which is a reference to Lancaster General Hospital.
College spokeswoman Stephanie Ellis says the switch does not change the relationship between the college and the hospital.
"The college is still owned by Lancaster General Hospital," Ellis explains. "It's the college's main clinical affiliate and one of the largest employers for our graduates."
School leaders say the new name will also make the college more marketable to Pennsylvania students outside the midstate as well as those in surrounding states.
In a news release, college president Dr. Mary Grace Simcox says, “I believe it (the name change) positions us to continue to grow as a college and expand upon our mission of educating students for excellence in health care practice, leadership and the continuous acquisition of knowledge.”
The change is part of a strategic process to grow the college, which welcomes more than 500 new students next week.
The school offers 14 programs to more than 1,400 students on its Lime Street campus in Lancaster city and has plans to introduce graduate education in 2015.
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