• A Hartwick student using a microscope in the science lab.
  • A Hartwick professor discussing Botany with a student.
  • Hartwick students giving a presentation in front of the class.
  • A Hartwick professor helping a student during class.


What is this major?
Preparation for a career in the rapidly changing field of nursing requires more than a specialized scientific training necessary for licensure. Nurses must understand people and the world in which they live. They must be excellent communicators, have analytical and decision-making skills, and be prepared to assume positions of leadership in patient care and management. Professional competencies increasingly will be defined in terms of the application of critical thinking to a broad range of health problems in people in order to promote, maintain, and restore high-level wellness. Completion of Hartwick's Baccalaureate Nursing Program, as part of a broader liberal education, will enable students to acquire these skills in addition to the nursing skills they will need to practice in our high-tech, health-conscious society.

What can I do with this major?

Bachelor's Degree/Entry Level Further Education/Experience Required
  • Become a registered nurse
  • Practice in any area
    • community health nursing
    • emergency room nursing
    • maternal/child health nursing
    • military nursing
    • medical/surgical nursing
    • pediatric nursing
    • psychiatric nursing
  • Nurse anesthetist
  • Nurse practitioner
  • Speech pathologist
  • Nurse mid-wife
  • Professor of Nursing

 What skills will I improve/gain?
Oral and written communication, critical thinking, problem solving, interpersonal skills, quick decision-making, assessment/evaluation, visual monitoring, data recording/reporting, information gathering, ability to work well under stress, prioritize multiple tasks, analyze data, assess need for nursing care, plan and implement nursing care, evaluate nursing care, collaboration, knowledge of science, nursing, human behavior, teamwork, flexibility

Who employs graduates from this major?
Hospitals, community agencies, rehabilitation agencies, nursing homes, schools, health maintenance organizations, recreational facilities, laboratories, business and industry.

What is special about this major at Hartwick?

  • Nursing courses begin in first year
  • May qualify for certification as Nursing Assistant after first year in program
  • Bassett Partnership Program
  • January Term Transcultural Nursing in Jamaica, West Indies
  • Excellent clinical experience: Albany Medical Center, Bassett Medical Center, Fox Memorial Hospital, school-based clinic, At Home Care
  • Part of Johnson & Johnson network for employment

Visit the Nursing Department Web page.

Department Chair
Jeanne-Marie Havener, 607-431-4785, havenerj@hartwick.edu

Undeclared Contact
Jennifer Morissette, 607-431-4790

Major Connections Contacts
Please contact the Department Chair by e-mail to ask for the names of a few upper-level students you can contact.

Why contact upper-level students? These students can be a good resource to learn what a major is like, what careers are typical, what the professors are like, or even to learn what helped them to decide on this major.