Nursing Major

Hartwick Nursing Students in Simulation Lab

Hartwick has over 75 years of experience preparing nurses at the baccalaureate level.

Where degrees in nursing can take you.

As a Hartwick nursing student, you’ll start taking nursing classes during your very first semester. Most other programs make you wait until the sophomore or junior year. You’ll spend four hours each week in our newly-expanded nursing lab, gaining the skills you’ll need for your career at Hartwick—and beyond. Toward the end of the semester, you will have the chance to practice these skills in a clinical setting.

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

The nursing curriculum ensures that Hartwick’s nursing students are well prepared for the realities of entry-level positions in any area of professional nursing practice, and in any setting. Our NCLEX pass rate for May 2020 graduates was 92.59%.

As leaders in the field, the majority of Hartwick nursing graduates pursue advanced degrees in leadership, practice, teaching, and research.

Hartwick graduates pursue careers as registered nurses and can earn a median salary of $71,730. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of registered nurses employed from 2016 to 2026 is expected to grow by 15%. This means there will be over 438,000 new jobs open in the nursing field in the next decade.

Pursuing a nursing degree at Hartwick is an excellent career choice and there are ample job opportunities available in the field.

Putting nursing to work.

Hartwick nurses can be found delivering exceptional care in diverse healthcare settings the world over. Many pursue advanced degrees as nurse administrators, nurse anesthetists, clinical nurse specialists, nurse educators, nurse midwives, and nurse practitioners.

Hartwick alumni work for:

  • Albany Medical Center
  • Boston’s Children’s Hospital
  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
  • Duke University Medical Center
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • New York University Hospital
  • The North Shore LIJ Health System
  • Stony Brook Children’s Hospital
  • Strong Memorial Hospital
  • SUNY Upstate Medical Center

Hartwick graduates have been accepted at:

  • Boston College
  • Drexel University
  • Duke University
  • Frontier Nursing University, School of Nurse-Midwifery
  • Maitripa College
  • State University of New York at Binghamton, Stony Brook, and Buffalo
  • State University of California, San Francisco
  • University of Alabama
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Pennsylvania

Regional clinical affiliates for Hartwick undergraduates include:

  • A. O. Fox Memorial Hospital, Oneonta NY
  • At Home Care, Bassett Healthcare Network, Oneonta, NY
  • Bassett Medical Center, Cooperstown NY
  • New York State Veteran’s Home at Oxford
  • Robinson Terrace, Stamford, NY
  • Springbrook, Oneonta, NY

Beyond the basic.

The Nursing Department is planning to offer Transcultural Nursing with national and international options beginning J Term 2022. Junior nursing students in both forms of Transcultural Nursing learn firsthand about the impact of culture, politics, economics, and globalization on healthcare and healing. Through their work, students are able to recognize the health-related beliefs of the culture, and how those beliefs affect the health of the people. In addition to coursework, there also is time for learning about the local culture. Enrollment in this course is limited and selection is competitive.

Senior nursing students are engaged in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, Community Health, Advanced Medical Surgical Nursing, and Leadership courses, among others. In their final semester, the Independent Practicum gives seniors the opportunity to narrow their focus on an area of interest—such as pediatrics, ICU, or labor and delivery—and to shadow a nurse preceptor for five weeks. This hands-on experience prepares our nursing students for the realities of nursing practice—and many return from their practicum with a job offer.


A closer look.

Hartwick’s nursing curriculum, like the profession, is demanding. 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 educate a nurse who has the heart and skilled know-how of a professional. That’s what makes Hartwick-educated nurses stand out.

Entrance Requirements

Students applying to the nursing program immediately following high school should have a strong background in the sciences (preferably with four years of high school math and science) and with a high school average of 87 or higher. Nursing applicants are usually required to submit SAT or ACT scores. We have waived SAT/ACT test requirements for 2020-2021.

Successful transfer applicants will have a strong background in the sciences and a GPA of 3.0 or higher at their previous institution, depending on the intended program.

Meet the nursing faculty and staff.

Hartwick’s expert nursing faculty are future-focused. They work side-by-side with students who will make a difference. Hartwick students.

Kathleen Ash
Visiting Assistant Professor of Nursing
MS, RN, Sage Graduate School
Areas of expertise:
maternal child health and evidence based practice.
Dawn Bertola
Clinical Instructor of Nursing
MSN, RN; Western Governors University
Areas of expertise:
women's health, obstetrics, and pediatrics.
Melody Best '84
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Ph.D., RN-C, WHNP; Binghamton University, Hartwick College
Areas of expertise:
maternal/fetal nursing care, women's health, healthcare simulation, nursing informatics, electronic medical record documentation, research methods and processes.
Geneen Bolton
Coordinator of Nursing Opportunities
B.A.; Stony Brook University
Areas of expertise:
nursing department and college admissions requirements, transcript review, course registration, program evaluation, academic support, and works directly with nursing students identified through early alert system.
Jamie Dalton
Administrative Assistant
Melissa Davis
Clinical Associate Professor of Nursing
RN, MSN, Excelsior College; DNP, Yale University
Areas of expertise:
medical-surgical nursing, fundamentals, hospice, community health nursing, adult learning theory/application, constructivist teaching, curricular development, medication errors and prevention.
Akhtar Ebrahimi Ghassemi
Associate Professor of Nursing
Ph.D., MHC, MSN, RN (NY & NJ); University of Rochester, Iran University of Medical Sciences and Health Services
Areas of expertise:
mental health nursing, mental counseling/counselor education, and nursing education
Patricia Grust
Clinical Associate Professor and Department Chair
Ph.D., RN, CLNC; Capella University
Areas of expertise:
evidence-based practice and nursing research, civility and incivility, professional socialization and mentoring, policy, ethical, legal and regulatory issues, teaching-learning methods.
Beth Ann Gutierrez
Nursing Laboratory Specialist
Erica Holoquist '06
Nursing Laboratory Coordinator
Pamela Hunt
Assistant Professor of Nursing
MSN, RN; Walden University
Areas of expertise:
medical and surgical critical care, medical and interventional cardiology, medical surgical nursing, education.
John Janitz
Simulation Lab Technician
Margaret Kiss
Visiting Assistant Professor of Nursing
MSN, MNE, RN; South University, Saint Francis School of Nursing
Areas of expertise:
leadership, critical care, medical surgical nursing, educator, oncology, infusion therapy, health care policy.
Jodi Krzyston
Assistant Professor of Nursing
MSN, Walden University
Patricia Manocchi
Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing
BSN, MSN, St. Joseph's College
Lorena Marra
Professor of Nursing
MS, FNP-C; Binghamton University
Areas of expertise:
pediatric health care.
Donna Moore
Clinical Coordinator
BSN, RN; SUNY Institute of Technology at Utica, Albany Memorial School of Nursing
Areas of expertise:
public health nursing/community health nursing, and health education.
Mary Louise Maia Silber
Visiting Assistant Professor of Nursing
MHA, RN-BC; Pfeiffer University
Areas of expertise:
leadership and management, women's and reproductive health, quality and safety in healthcare, health assessment.
Theresa Turick-Gibson
Professor Emerita in Nursing
Ed.D. (c), Binghamton University; MA, Teachers’ College, Columbia University; PPCNP-BC post-master’s certification, Syracuse University
Areas of expertise:
pediatric nursing, obesity, child and adolescent health, pharmacology, pathophysiology, health promotion and risk reduction, school-based health, teaching-learning methods.
Lisa Wehner
Associate Professor of Nursing
Ph.D., Northcentral University; FNP, Stony Brook University; MS, BS, Syracuse University
Areas of expertise:
cardiovascular, critical care, emergency, surgical nursing.
Greta Wood
Nursing Laboratory Assistant
Nicole Zhang
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Ph.D., RN; Binghamton University
Areas of expertise:
urologic nursing (urinary incontinence (UI) and urinary tract infection(UTI)), gerontological nursing (particularly geriatric syndromes and co-morbidity), development of healthcare devices, community health, nursing theory, transdisciplinary research.

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