Nursing Overview

Hartwick College Department of Nursing’s Mission

Our mission is to educate highly-qualified, self-directed nurses who will function well in the rapidly-changing healthcare system. You will possess the personal, intellectual, and social skills necessary to meet the challenges of an ever-changing interdependent and diversified world. 


The baccalaureate degree in nursing at Hartwick College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530, Washington, D.C. 20036, 202-887-6791.


At Hartwick, new nursing students learn basic nursing skills in the first year, with Foundations of Nursing Practice in the fall semester, and Health Assessment in the spring. While most of the weekly labs take place on campus, by the end of the semester students will spend 16 hours at a clinical site.

Hartwick’s nursing curriculum, like the profession, is a demanding one. A professional nursing degree from Hartwick is based upon a strong foundation in the arts, humanities, social and behavioral sciences, and physical and life sciences. 

Progression Policy

Nursing is a rigorous program of study. Students must earn a grade of C or better in each course required for the major in order to progress. A specific course for the major may be repeated only one time. A maximum of two different courses required for the major may be repeated one time; this includes prerequisite and co-requisite courses.

Students who are unable to meet this progression standard will be dismissed from the nursing program. Please review the entire progression policy here.

Clinical Experiences

Nursing is an applied science – the science of human care. Nurses provide care to the ill, injured, or those in crisis. Nurses promote health, reduce risks, treat, and rehabilitate. Nurses are the hands-on, eyes-on, 24-7 monitoring and surveillance team.

In your first year as a nursing student you will concentrate on learning the basic nursing skills. Starting in your second year of classes, you attend a 6-to-12-hour clinical rotation each week. You work hand-in-hand with clinically expert faculty to apply what you are learning in the classroom and in the learning laboratory to clinical settings. Over the course of the program, you gain more than 800 hours of supervised clinical experience, which prepares you to take on the challenges of direct patient care in a variety of settings.

Because of high demand from other collegiate nursing programs, students should be prepared for clinical rotations that are scheduled on weekends. 

By the time you are a senior, you will have completed a wide spectrum of courses: pediatrics, women’s health, gerontology, medical-surgical nursing, community health and psychiatric/mental health. And you will have worked in a variety of health care settings, among them:

  • rural and urban teaching hospitals;
  • a birthing center;
  • a hospice;
  • a certified home health care agency;
  • pre-schools;
  • school-based health centers;
  • elder day care centers;
  • nursing homes;
  • rehabilitation centers;
  • ambulatory surgical centers;
  • dialysis centers.

The health care facilities in the region offer state-of-the-art care, including cutting-edge open heart surgery, telehealth, telestroke, and robotic surgery programs, to name a few.

In the last half of  your senior year, you will complete a 200-hour Senior Independent Practicum. This gives you the opportunity to narrow your focus and to shadow a nurse in an area of specialization at a hospital with which Hartwick has an affiliation agreement. This very hand-on experience prepares you for the realities of nursing practice —and many return from this practicum with a job offer.

Clinical Affiliates

Hartwick’s Department of Nursing maintains partnerships with the following facilities and organizations in the region:

  • A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital, Oneonta, NY
  • At Home Care, Oneonta, NY
  • Bassett Healthcare Network, Cobleskill, NY
  • Bassett Medical Center, Cooperstown, NY
  • Bassett Healthcare Network, Oneonta, NY
  • Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care, Oneonta, NY
  • Delaware County Public Health, Delhi, NY
  • Ellis Medical Center, Schenectady, NY
  • Golisano Children’s Hospital, Syracuse, NY
  • Hampshire House Assisted Living and Memory Care, Oneonta NY
  • Laurens Central School, Laurens, NY
  • NYCAMH (New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health), Fly Creek, NY
  • Oneonta City Schools, Oneonta, NY
  • Oneonta Housing Authority, Oneonta, NY
  • Oneonta Specialty Services, Oneonta, NY
  • Otsego County Mental Health Clinic, Oneonta, NY
  • Otsego County Public Health Nursing Service, Oneonta, NY
  • The Plains at Parish Homestead, Oneonta, NY
  • Robinson Terrace Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, Stamford NY
  • Robynwood Home for Adults, Oneonta NY
  • Springbrook, Oneonta NY
  • St. James Manor, Oneonta, NY
  • St. Margaret’s Center, Albany, NY