Nursing Overview

Hartwick College Department of Nursing’s Mission

Our mission is to educate a highly qualified, self-directed nurse who will competently function in the present and rapidly changing healthcare system of the future. The graduate 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.


Some nursing programs don’t start nursing courses until the third year. 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. The professional nursing component is based upon a strong foundation in the arts, humanities, social and behavioral sciences, and physical and life sciences. That’s what helps create a nurse who has the habits, heart, and skilled know-how of a professional–and that’s what helps to prepare Hartwick nursing graduates for entry-level positions in any area of professional nursing practice, and in any setting.

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

By the time they are seniors, our nursing students have completed a wide spectrum of courses: pediatrics, women’s health, gerontology, medical-surgical nursing, community health and psychiatric/mental health. And they have worked in a variety of health care settings, including 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, and dialysis centers.

While Hartwick exists in an idyllic rural setting, 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 their senior year, students complete their five-week Senior Independent Practicum. This gives them the opportunity to narrow their focus and to shadow a nurse in an area of specialization at a hospital of their choice. This very hand-on experience prepares our nursing students 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
  • Albany Medical Center, Albany, NY
  • Bassett Healthcare Network, Cobleskill, NY
  • Bassett Medical Center, Cooperstown, NY
  • Bassett Healthcare Network, Oneonta, NY
  • Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care, Oneonta, NY
  • Chestnut Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Oneonta NY
  • Delaware County Public Health, Delhi, NY
  • Ellis Medical Center, Schenectady, 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
  • Robynwood Home for Adults, Oneonta NY
  • Springbrook, Oneonta NY
  • St. James Manor, Oneonta, NY
  • St. Margaret’s Center, Albany, NY
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