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Today's complex health care delivery system requires a well-educated professional nursing force. Utica College has a long history of offering high-quality health care programs that prepare students for success. Outstanding faculty, close personal attention, and extensive opportunities for clinical experiences starting sophomore year contribute to Utica College's reputation for excellence.

Utica College's nursing program offers many benefits, including:
  • A four-year program leading to a baccalaureate degree
  • Courses not available through two-year programs, including health assessment, community health, statistics, nursing management, research methods, and critical care nursing
  • Opportunities to take elective courses in forensic nursing (nursing care for prison populations) and geriatric nursing (nursing care for the elderly)
  • Small classes
  • Highly-qualified faculty
  • A strong clinical focus
  • Excellent facilities, including the Dr. Albert and Gloria Shaheen Nursing Laboratory
  • The opportunity to minor in related fields such as sociology or psychology
  • An unusually diverse student body; in 2003-2004, 38 percent of nursing students were from minority populations, and 16 percent were men
UC's nursing program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses.

The nursing program at Utica College is designed to provide students with a liberal arts education as well as a professional foundation integrating nursing theory with skills required for nursing practice.