Nursing Major

Hartwick has 75 years of experience preparing nurses at the baccalaureate level. Our NCLEX pass rate for May 2017 graduates was 91%.

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.

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. 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.

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 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.

Beyond the basic.

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.

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:

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

Hartwick graduates have been accepted at:

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

Regional clinical affiliates for Hartwick undergraduates include:

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

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 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.

Meet the nursing faculty and staff.

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.

Jane Bachman
Coordinator of Nursing Opportunities
Marie Bashaw
Associate Professor of Nursing
MS, DNP, Wright State University
Dawn Bertola
Visiting Clinical Instructor of Nursing
BS, RN; Binghamton University
Areas of expertise:
Pediatric Nursing, Maternal Child Health, Medical Surgical Nursing
Melody Best
Visiting Assistant Professor of Nursing
Ph.D. (ABD), SUNY Binghamton
Jamie Dalton
Administrative Assistant
Akhtar Ghassemi
Associate Professor of Nursing
Ph.D., University of Rochester, Warner Graduate School of 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
Margaret Kiss
Visiting Assistant Professor of Nursing
MNE, South University, Savannah, Georgia
Jodi Krzyston
Assistant Professor of Nursing
MSN, Walden University
Lorena Marra
Assistant Professor of Nursing
MS, Binghamton University
Cynthia Ploutz
Clinical Assistant Professor
MS, FNP; State University of New York at Binghamton
Areas of expertise:
Family Nursing, Gerontology, Reminiscence and Validation Therapies, Animal Assisted Therapy, Health and Wellness, Healthy Aging, Health Assessment, Role Play and Theatre in Teaching
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
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
Nicole Zhang
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Ph.D., Binghamton University

Three-Year Bachelor’s Degree Program.

Ready to move faster? Get the full Hartwick nursing experience in three-quarters the time at three-quarters the cost. Learn more about the three-year program.


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