Nursing Degree Program Options

The Department of Nursing offers two programs which lead to a Bachelor of Science with a major in Nursing: a pre-licensure program and a program for licensed registered nurses (RNs) with an Associate degree in nursing.

There are four routes to the Bachelor of Science with a major in nursing for pre-licensure students:

  1. Traditional first year student enrollment
  2. Transfer student enrollment
  3. Enrollment in the Accelerated Summer Program
  4. Enrollment in the Rural Nursing Opportunities Program (RNOP). 

RNs with an Associate degree seeking to earn the Bachelor of Science with a major in nursing may enroll in either our:

  1. Education Mobility Program
  2. RN Mobility Program & Partnership for Nursing Opportunities Program (PNOP)

First-Year Students

The Bachelor of Science degree with a major in nursing may be completed within a traditional 4 year program, or, for motivated students, a three-year degree program, designed to be completed in three years and one summer. This rigorous program dramatically reduces the cost of a private college education while enabling students in the program to take advantage of every opportunity offered in our traditional four-year program.


Transfer Students

The Nursing Department welcomes transfer students! Whether transfer students bring a semester of credit or a bachelor’s degree, there is a range of options available. Transfer students may apply to the traditional four year program or, if eligible, to the three-year degree program.

Accelerated Summer Program

Eligible students complete an intensive three-course sequence over the summer. Successful completion of the summer courses enables students to enter the nursing major in the fall as juniors.

Accelerated Summer Program Sequence

Students will be in class two days per week, and in lab or on clinical units two days per week. Clinical visits may be scheduled on weekdays or over the weekend.

Nursing 134:  Foundations of Nursing Science
 (5 credits) focuses on the foundational theories of nursing as well as acquisition of the fundamental skills necessary for professional practice. (Theory & Lab)

Science 144:  Health Assessment
 (4 credits) focuses on the synthesis of knowledge from the biological and behavioral sciences in learning skills in assessment, data collection and physical examination.  (Theory & Lab)

Nursing 234:  Medical-Surgical Nursing I (5 credits) introduces students to the physical, psychological, and sociological aspects of illness as experienced by the adult client. Aging and cultural aspects that have an effect on nursing care are stressed. (Theory & Lab)

Cost to Students
The fee for the Accelerated Summer Program courses is offered at a discounted rate for 2016-17 at $530.00 per credit.

Room and Board
Rooms will be available on campus during the summer for a fee. The College dining hall may be open during a portion of the summer.

The Rural Nursing Opportunity Program (RNOP)

The Rural Nursing Opportunity Program (RNOP) is an intensive 18-month hybrid program designed for students who have completed all nursing pre-requisites as well as Hartwick’s general education requirements. Most candidates have completed a previous four-year degree.



Q: How do prospective students submit an application? 
A: Prospective students should submit an application online. The Common Application is available on the Hartwick website. In addition to the application, students must submit official high school transcripts, official college transcripts from each college attended, and two letters of reference. It is most helpful if all of these materials are submitted together. Accepted students will receive a transfer credit evaluation with their acceptance letter. You may contact the Transfer Coordinator Geneen Bolton, with questions about the admissions process, or the Coordinator of Nursing Opportunities Jane Bachman, with questions about the nursing program.

Q: How should prospective students submit character references? 
A: Students may mail letters of reference to the college, or send them via email to the Transfer Coordinator Geneen Bolton,

Q: Is an interview part of the admissions process? 
A: No, an interview is not required but may be helpful in determining if our program is the right fit for you.

Q: What is the application deadline? 
A: The application deadline is May 1.

Q: Are students eligible for financial aid? 
A: Accelerated baccalaureate students are eligible for federal financial aid, which sometimes includes Pell Grants. In some cases, students in this program are also eligible for the New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) if they did not previously receive all eight semesters of TAP in their previous degree program. Many students may be eligible for Stafford loans. Students are encouraged to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and contact Director of Financial Aid Melissa Allen,, for more information.

Q: What does the financial aid award include? 
A: The financial aid award budget includes tuition, commuting costs, books and supplies.

Q: How do students find out their eligibility for Stafford loans? What are the typical Stafford loan lifetime limits? 
A: Students can determine their Stafford Loan eligibility by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). A financial aid award will then be prepared for the student. Aggregate limits for Stafford Loans are set by the federal government and can be explained by the Financial Aid Office. Students cannot be in default on a prior federal student loan.

Q: What are the financial aid options for students taking summer courses? 
A: Get in touch with Financial Aid at Hartwick to let the office know you are planning to apply for alternative loans so they can work with you on the application process.

Q: What are the fees for this program? 
A: Hartwick is charging a reduced rate for program credits. The fees for 2016-2017 are $530 per credit hour for summer classes and $880 per credit hour for classes held during the regular academic year

Q: Are RNOP students required to pay campus fees for the first semester? 
A: The $400 acceptance deposit is applied to tuition. All other campus fees are waived.

Q: What additional fees are required for the RNOP program?
A: Prior to starting classes, students are required to purchase a Hartwick clinical kit, books and scrubs. Additional estimated fees include professional liability insurance, lab fees, etc.

Q: Is on-campus housing available for RNOP students?
A: On-campus housing is available to RNOP students only during the first summer of the program.

Q: Are CPR classes offered at Hartwick? 
A: Although CPR classes are offered at Hartwick periodically, RNOP students should arrange to complete CPR certification prior to starting the program. Please note that the only CPR certification accepted is Basic Life Saving for Healthcare Providers through the American Heart Association.

Q: What health records are required? 
A: Students need to submit a completed medical form prior to the start of classes, paying special attention to sections specific to nursing majors.

Q: When does the program begin?
A: The program usually begins in early June. Students must complete all program pre-requisites prior to the start of class.

Q: How many of the classes will be online?
A: All courses will be offered in a web-enhanced format; this means that content will be presented using a blend of both face-to-face classroom learning and distance learning methods. The courses in this program will be offered in a compressed time frame (4-6 week iterative blocks); thus, students will take only one class at a time and meet (either virtually or face-to-face) for class 6-12 hours per week and for clinical 15-20 hours per week. Face-to-face class meetings and clinical or lab experiences will usually take place either afternoon/evening or on the weekends; summer classes generally take place in the morning/afternoon. 

Q: Do all of the courses have clinical or learning lab components? 
A: No. Pharmacology, Gerontology, Intro to Research Methods and Design, Senior Thesis and Transition to Professional Practice I are non-clinical courses.

Q: What is the Senior Independent Practicum? 
A: The Senior Independent Practicum (5 credits) provides an opportunity for the student to individually develop and implement a study program in an area of specialized interest in nursing and assists the student in the transition from academe to the realities of professional practice. This seven-week independent internship is planned in collaboration with a faculty member and an on-site supervisor.

Q: What is the percentage of lab experience vs. class time? 

  • 3 credit courses = 39 hours of class plus a 3 hour final or culminating experience 
  • 4 credit courses = 39 hours of class plus a 3 hour final or culminating experience plus 56 hours in the learning lab or clinical 
  • 5 credit courses = 39 hours of class plus a 3 hour final or culminating experience plus 78 hours in the learning lab or clinical
  • Senior independent practicum = 200 hours of clinical experience

Q: Can program graduates go directly to a research or advanced practice position? 
A: No, students need to complete a graduate program first. Approximately 80% of our nursing graduates go on to graduate education within five years. Most graduate programs are an additional 1-2 years of study.

Q: How does this program prepare students for the NCLEX-RN licensing examination? 
A: Students graduating from the Department of Nursing are well-prepared through their program to practice as a novice nurse generalist and sit for the national licensure examination to become a registered nurse. Throughout the program students are given opportunities to practice taking computerized examinations that mimic the NCLEX-RN examination. The testing program that we use also provides students with test-taking skills, review materials, and individualized remediation materials to prepare them for taking the licensing examination. As in other professional programs where standardized testing is required in order for the individual to practice in the profession, we strongly urge our graduates to take a NCLEX-RN review course.

Q: Does Hartwick offer the NCLEX-RN exam onsite? 
A: No. Students from New York State must be certified as graduates of a pre-licensure program and sign up through the New York State Department of Education’s Office for the Professions to take the examination. When the students sign up to take the examination they are given a number of different test sites from which to choose that are located throughout the state.

Educational Mobility Program for RNs

Nurses with an Associate degree in nursing who possess a license as a Registered Nurse (RN) may be accepted with advanced standing as candidates for a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in nursing. Students in this program complete 7 nursing courses as well as the liberal arts courses necessary to meet the Liberal Arts in Practice (general education) requirements of the College. 

RN Mobility Program & Partnership for Nursing Opportunities Program (PNOP)

Nurses employed full-time at Bassett Medical Center who have an Associate degree in nursing as well as a license as a Registered Nurse (RN) may be accepted with advanced standing into the PNOP program. Students take one to three courses each semester, including summer classes as needed. Courses meet either at Bassett Medical Center or at the College. The employer pays tuition and fees in return for service.

More about PNOP


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