Nursing simulation lab at Utica College

Nursing Department

What We Do

The Nursing Department at Utica College prepare nurses to excel in critical reflection, clinical competency, collaboration, caring, and leadership through evidenced based nursing science.

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Welcome to the Nursing Department at Utica College!


Our mission is to provide high quality, innovative, and transformational education to diverse learners and professionals. We prepare nurses to excel in critical reflection, clinical competency, collaboration, caring, and leadership through evidenced based nursing science.
Nurses prepared at Utica College are a vital component of the interprofessional healthcare team, responding to health needs across the lifespan locally and globally.


The Utica College Department of Nursing will be recognized as an innovative center of nursing excellence for learners and professionals regionally, nationally, and internationally. The schools educators, clinicians and researchers will inspire the next generation of nurse leaders to respond to the challenges of the dynamic and diverse healthcare environment.


1. Liberal Education Foundation:  Assimilate theories and concepts from liberal education into generalist foundation practice.
2. Leadership:  Practice leadership concepts to deliver high quality health care.
3. Professional Behavior:  Incorporate professional standards of moral, ethical, and legal conduct into practice.
4. Clinical Competence: Provide safe, competent care across the life-span.

The Nursing Program at Utica College

Nursing programs at Utica College

Utica College offers several exceptional options for nursing education:

CCNE Accredited
  • The baccalaureate degree programs in nursing at Utica College are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (
  • The master's degree program in nursing and the post-graduate APRN certificate program at Utica College is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted. 

Nursing Program Resources

Traditional Bachelor of Science (BS) Nursing Program

Handbook for students matriculating prior to Fall 2016:
View / Download Handbook
Handbook for students matriculating on and after Fall 2016:
View / Download Handbook

Online RN to BSN Nursing Program

Handbook for students starting prior to 2013:
View / Download Handbook
Handbook for students starting during or after 2013:
View / Download Handbook

Accelerated Bachelor of Science Nursing (ABSN) Program

View / Download Handbook

Graduate Nursing Program (MS)

View / Download Handbook

Note: This site provides links to other organizations as a service to our readers. Utica College Department of Nursing is not responsible for the information provided on other web sites.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

U.S. Department of Education's Federal Student Aid page - paying for college
Scholarship Listings for Nursing Students at
U. S. Department of Health & Human Services/HRSA Bureau of Health Profession Nursing Scholarship
FastWeb! - free scholarship search
CollegeXpress - scholarship and loan searches
College Resource Network Nursing Scholarships
F.A. Davis Undergraduate Nursing Scholarship
Recovery Village Health Care Scholarship
Nursing Student Loan Forgiveness Programs - Options posted by Fiscal Tiger
ACLS Scholarship for Healthcare Providers

Careers in Nursing and the Profession of Nursing - a nursing career resource
U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook - Registered Nurses
Discover Nursing from Johnson & Johnson
The Student Nurse Forum - support, information, resources and advice to guide you on your quest to becoming a nurse
National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCLEX)
Pearson VUE - administrator of the NCLEX

Nursing Organizations

American Nurses Association
National League for Nursing
New York State Nurses Association
The American Academy of Nursing
American Association for the History of Nursing, Inc.
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
National Student Nurses' Association
Transcultural Nursing Society
National Association of Hispanic Nurses
National Black Nurses Association

Nursing Online Resources

National Institutes of Health - health information search
New York State Department of Health
NOAH: New York Online Access to Health
Alcohol Effects, Addiction Treatment, and Resources 
Virtual Hospital - a digital library of health information
WebMD Medical Library - medical dictionary
Mesothelioma + Asbestos Awareness Center - The most update to date information about mesothelioma.
Gray's Anatomy of the Human Body - 1918 edition of book online
ECG Library - drug information online
RxList - drug index
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
New York Times Health News
Reuters Health Information
American Cancer Society
National Cancer Institute
AfterCollege Job Resource - nursing job listings in New York
MedHunters - job listings in healthcare and advice on the job search
Mesothelioma Guide - a site that guides mesothelioma patients to better health care options and to finding a cure - a nursing advocacy organization that offers a broad selection of tools, guides, and resources free of charge. is a leading senior care resource for family caregivers seeking information and support as they care for aging parents, spouses and other loved ones. We have been featured on the Administration for Community Living, AARP, Forbes, and is referenced by many governmental agencies and organizations across the internet.
Ultimate List of Discounts for Nurses - This list contains discounts from 200+ stores on everything from counseling services to yoga programs and even new mattresses.

A Greeting from the Nursing Department Chair

Thank you for your interest in the nursing program at Utica College!

Now is certainly an excellent time to consider a career in nursing or to advance your career by seeking a bachelor's degree in nursing. Nursing remains the largest health care profession and a challenging, exciting, diverse career opportunity.

"Caring and community characterize the Utica College nursing experience."

At Utica College you will be taught and mentored by faculty known for their clinical expertise and knowledge of professional nursing. Nurses practice in a wide variety of settings, and the goal of our program is to educate nurses who, as members of the health team, address the varied health concerns of individuals, families, and groups. Additionally, you will be provided with a solid foundation for pursuing graduate studies in nursing specialty practice areas.

Caring and community characterize the Utica College nursing experience. Our classes are small and students and faculty work together closely in an atmosphere designed to promote personal and professional development.

I am pleased you are considering nursing as a career and Utica College as your college.


Annette L. Becker, DNS
Chair of Nursing

Annette L. Becker, M.S., Assistant Professor of Nursing

Why nursing?
If you are thinking about a career that will involve caring for others, promoting health and wellness, and diagnosing and treating human responses to actual or potential health problems, then you may be up to the challenge of nursing. If caring were enough, anyone could be a nurse. Nursing is a combination of heart and smart – having warmth, compassion, and concern for human dignity combined with the ability to handle the intellectual rigor of nursing theory and science integrated with the natural and social sciences.

What can a career in nursing offer me?
In addition to the personal satisfaction of knowing you have made a real difference in the lives of others, nursing is a profession that challenges you to be your best. It offers unlimited job opportunities and career advancement, job security, flexibility in work schedules, and a competitive salary.

We are currently in the midst of one of the most severe nursing shortages ever experienced in the United States, and projections for the future are alarming. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (2018) projects 1.1 million additional nurses are needed to avoid a further shortage. Employment opportunities for nurses are projected to grow at a faster rate (15%) than all other occupations from 2016 through 2026 (US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2018).

Other than hospitals, schools, and doctors’ offices, where do nurses work?
Today’s nurses work in a variety of settings, including emergency rooms, forensic and correctional facilities, acute care facilities, long-term care facilities, health care agencies, community clinics, school systems, government agencies, research labs, insurance agencies, and private practice offices. They can work in large urban areas, remote rural locations, or other countries. Nurses can enter into advance practice roles such as certified nurse midwives, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, nurse anesthetists, researchers, legal nurse consultants or health policy analysts. They can elect to teach college or enter administration as executives of health care agencies. Nursing is truly a lifelong profession, and the possibilities are endless.

Aren’t nurses primarily assistants to physicians in medical settings?
Definitely not. Over the past 50 years, nursing has progressed from an occupation to a fully licensed independent profession separate from medicine. Nurses work collaboratively with physicians and other health care professionals as colleagues in health care to assess, diagnose, and treat individuals and families.

Why study at Utica College to become a nurse?
Quite simply, because the UC Department of Nursing has enjoyed many years of success in terms of student satisfaction, graduate professional accomplishment, and employer satisfaction.

The nursing program offers many benefits, including:

  • A four-year program leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing
  • An Accelerated Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (ABSN) for students who hold a bachelor's degree in another field and want to achieve a BS in nursing
  • An online RN to BSN program
  • A Master of Science degree in nursing in the areas of Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), nursing education, and nursing leadership
  • Cutting-edge curricula
  • Separate courses available only in a baccalaureate nursing program such as health assessment, community health, nursing management, critical care nursing, research methods, and statistics.
  • A strong clinical focus
  • Small nursing classes
  • Highly qualified faculty who hold a minimum of a master’s degree in nursing and/or doctoral degrees. All faculty are actively involved in clinical practice and/or research.
  • Commitment to advising and mentoring. All matriculated students are assigned a nursing faculty advisor before their first semester on campus. Students are encouraged to meet with their advisors frequently—not just for course registration.
  • Commitment to advising and mentoring
  • Diverse student body

Will I have time to be on an athletic team and still fit in all of my classes and clinicals as a nursing major?
YES! Many campus-based nursing students participate in team sports at Utica College. In fact, it is not uncommon for a nursing major to be captain of a team. Some team sports with nursing representation include football, basketball, swimming, ice hockey, soccer, field hockey, softball, and lacrosse.

Dr. Albert and Gloria Shaheen Nursing Lab

Dr. Albert and Gloria Shaheen Nursing Lab

Located in Utica College's F. Eugene Romano Hall, the Dr. Albert and Gloria Shaheen Nursing Laboratory is a cutting-edge educational facility that features:

  • Fully equipped reproduction of a modern hospital ward with nursing station, bedside monitoring and respiration technology, and more
  • Isolation room with state-of-the-art diagnostic and vital sign monitoring equipment
  • Smart classroom
Resources for Current Students

Important forms, lab user information, and more. (Login required.)

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More about the Nursing Lab:

  • State-of-the-art 3,050 square-foot lab facility
  • Natural light from
    multiple windows
  • Located in F. Eugene Romano Hall, rooms 202A and 202B 
    See campus map 
Main resources:
  • Examination bay - features 6 exam tables and 6 wall mounted diagnostic systems (instrumentation for examining ear, nose and throat)
  • 10 bed section (Romano 202A) - features over-bed tables, bedside cabinets for skills practice and clinical simulation which includes wall mounted headwall systems (oxygen, compressed air flow meters and suction regulators)
  • Classroom area (Romano 202B) - fully equipped with DVD/VCR unit, ceiling-mounted projector, pull-down screen, and laptop computer 
  • Nursing station - simulates hospital conditions to include references, computers, patient charts and paperwork from area health care facilities
  • Multipurpose exam room - can serve as an isolation room, physician’s exam room or critical care room with a bedside monitor
  • Conference meeting area - for both student and faculty meetings and discussions
  • Secure storage room - for lab equipment and supplies 
Other important features:
  • Sinks at both ends of the nursing lab and in the exam room
  • Room divider for maximum flexibility
  • Patient-friendly color scheme (Viva Gold, Baked Clay, Accessible Beige)


Each patient care bed features:
  • USB port
  • nurse call light
  • privacy curtains
Equipment includes: 
  • IV pumps (Abbott, Alaris, Baxter, IMED)
  • PCA pumps
  • Epidural pump
  • Enteral feeding pumps
  • Crash cart/medication cart
  • Stryker stretcher
  • Crib
  • Bedside commode
  • Crutches
  • Walkers
  • Wheelchairs
  • Flat screen TV for debriefing scenarios
State-of-the-Art Training Manikins

Also on our list of critical equipment is state-of-the-art training manikins. These include:

  • Vital-Sim Nursing Baby
  • Nursing Kid
  • Nursing Anne
  • Nursing Kelly
  • Sim-Man (our latest addition), currently installed in the exam room

These manikins are introduced to the students in assessment class and will be utilized in each nursing course for clinical simulation and skills practice. See specific descriptions and features.

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