Why Choose Nursing?

Nursing is not only a science — it’s an art. At Elmira, our nursing program students are driven to achieve their goals and are passionate about caring for others. You will complete rigorous academic coursework to enhance critical-thinking and clinical-reasoning skills. And beyond the classroom, you’ll gain clinical experience as early as sophomore year to build hands-on learning and prepare you for real-world problem-solving.

What Nursing Will Teach You

Students who complete the program in nursing will be able to:

  • Utilize theories and concepts from humanities and natural, social and nursing sciences to focus on individuals, families, groups, and communities as the recipients of nursing practice
  • Employ the nursing process in any setting to assist with the promotion, restoration, and/or maintenance of optimal health for the client of any age
  • Use evidence-based findings to improve the quality of nursing care provided to the client
  • Apply knowledge and skills of information management and technology in nursing practice
  • Participate in identifying community and societal needs for the health care of client systems
  • Provide leadership in defining, implementing, and evaluating the nursing practice in the provision of comprehensive health services
  • Collaborate with consumers and colleagues to support necessary changes in overall health behaviors and health-care delivery for the improved welfare of society
  • Practice nursing in accordance with legal rights and ethical responsibilities
  • Demonstrate commitment to personal and professional development

Note: Learning goals are subject to regular review and revision.

Where Can Nursing Take You

When you earn your bachelor’s in nursing from Elmira, you’ll be eligible to enter the workforce as a registered nurse. Or you may choose to continue to graduate school to become a nurse practitioner, nurse educator, nurse anesthetist, or nurse administrator. Our emphasis on experiential learning means that whichever path you follow, you’ll be ready to pursue it with confidence.

In fact, all nursing students begin clinicals in their sophomore year and then complete a career-related internship at a hospital in the third term of the senior year. Some students also complete an internship at a hospital during the summer between the junior and senior years.


Graduates work in a variety of areas and specialties in hospitals including medical surgical, critical care, emergency nursing, obstetrics, pediatrics, and mental health. They also work in roles in community health agencies, clinics, schools, and businesses. Many graduates also pursue graduate degrees and work as managers, nurse practitioners, and nurse anesthetists.

Internships & Opportunities

All nursing students complete a comprehensive preceptorship in the last term of the seniors year. They spend 180 hours working directing with a registered nurses in a clinical area. This intense experience provides Elmira College students with the experience and confidence necessary to transition to their role as a registered nurse.

Many students also chose to participate in internships with hospitals in the summer of the junior year.

The baccalaureate nursing program at Elmira College is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Read more information about this program from the ACEN.

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