The broad liberal arts and sciences education that complements Hartwick’s nursing program provides the communication, critical thinking, informed decision-making, and leadership skills the profession demands. Hartwick nurses are highly qualified, self-directed individuals who are able to thrive in both the present and a rapidly changing healthcare system of the future.
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. By the end of the semester, you will have the chance to practice these skills in a clinical setting.
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.
As leaders in the field, the majority of Hartwick nursing graduates pursue advanced degrees in leadership, practice, teaching, and research.
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 create a nurse who has the habits, heart, and skilled know-how of a professional. That’s what makes Hartwick-educated nurses different, and better.
Hartwick College offers a wide variety of January Term courses, and in their junior year, nursing students have the option of taking Transcultural Nursing in Jamaica, West Indies. This offers an opportunity to learn firsthand about the impact of culture, politics, economics, and globalization on healthcare and healing.
Senior nursing students are engaged in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, Community Health, 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.
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.
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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 required to submit SAT or ACT scores; successful candidates will have minimum scores of 1080 (SAT) or 24 (ACT).
Successful transfer applicants will have a strong background in the sciences and a GPA of 2.5 or higher at their previous institution, depending on the intended program.
Hartwick’s expert nursing faculty are future-focused. They work side-by-side with students who are meant for more. Students who will make a difference. Hartwick students.
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