Why Should I Choose Nursing?

Nursing is not only a science — it’s an art. At Elmira, our Nursing degree 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 Will I Learn Through Nursing?

Students who complete the Nursing degree program 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.

“I love having the close, personal conversations, and the ability to ask your professors any questions you have because it is such a close community.”
Ana Marotti ‘23

What Can I Do With A Nursing Degree?

When you earn your bachelor’s degree 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.

More About Careers

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.

Here are some statistics:

  • Class of 2022 cohort NCLEX pass rate: 91.4%
  • Annual state pass rate (includes previous year students retaking exam): 88%
  • Class of 2022 completion rate: 61.2%
  • Class of 2022 job placement rate (based on student survey): 100% employed in nursing

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