Why Choose Nazareth for Nursing?

Nazareth's nursing degree program prepares you to be a culturally-competent caregiver with an awareness of global health issues, ready for the complexity and challenge of modern health care.

Our goal is to prepare professional nurse generalists who possess an in-depth knowledge of nursing and are able to provide culturally congruent nursing care to diverse patients and families across all health care settings. Our curriculum is rich with humanities, biological sciences, and social sciences. Your bachelor's degree from Nazareth will enable you to be successful in your future nursing career.

High Nursing Exam Pass Rate

Nazareth's nursing students have a high pass rate on their first attempt taking the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN®): 100% for May 2018 graduates and 100% for December 2018 graduates.

Program Highlights

Nazareth College's distinctive nursing department:

  • Embraces a small, personal learning environment with accessible faculty to provide you with individual attention.
  • Accepts applicants directly into the program as freshmen. You are assigned a nursing faculty advisor for guidance and support throughout your nursing studies.
  • Uses a transcultural focus throughout the curriculum to develop your skills to care for patients of diverse backgrounds, languages, and socioeconomic levels.
  • Provides opportunities for interprofessional education and interaction with fellow School of Health & Human Services students, including occupational therapy, physical therapy, art therapy, music therapy, speech therapy, and social work.
  • Incorporates clinical experiences in acute, ambulatory, and community-based settings. Classroom faculty also teach in these clinical settings.
  • Strengthens your clinical skill development through interactive experiential learning in a state-of-the-art nursing simulation center. The center is available for student practice sessions with peers throughout the semester.
  • Incorporates academic curricula that develops the high-level critical thinking skills necessary for your attainment of RN licensure.
  • Collaborates closely with the public health program for students interested in a public health dual major or minor.
  • Encourages study-abroad opportunities for nursing students to practice in global settings such as Belize and Finland.
  • Supports nursing student athletes to successfully combine nursing studies with a sports commitment.

Nursing at Nazareth College

    Program Options, Requirements, and Course Descriptions

    Program Director

    Mary Dahl Maher

    Mary Dahl Maher

    Associate Professor and Chair, Director of the Public Health Program in Nursing
    Smyth Hall 221A

    Education: B.S.N., D'Youville College; M.S.N., Case Western Reserve University; M.P.H., University of Rochester; Ph.D., University of Rochester

    Teaching and Research Interests: Midwifery, global public health, international education and women's studies. Recent research and publications include perinatal outcomes of Latina migrant farmworker women, international nursing dual-degree programs, and the influence of first-wave feminism on the professionalization of nursing.

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    BSN, nursing major, nursing degree program for RNs and LPNs at Nazareth College Rochester, NY.

    Maggie Dawidczyk ’10

    “Nazareth prepared me with social, professional, and communication skills that enhanced my ability to take on a leadership role as an RN. The nursing program taught me to be self-directed, resourceful, and sensitive to all cultures and systems, which has proven invaluable,” said Maggie Dawidczyk ’10, who went on to earn her master’s degree as a clinical nurse leader. She works as the nurse manager for the Trauma/General Surgery & Colorectal Surgery unit at Strong Memorial Hospital. 

    Example Career Settings

    • Elementary and secondary schools
    • Hospitals, clinics, and private practices
    • Home care agencies
    • International nursing organizations
    • Long-term care settings
    • Military
    • Nursing schools
    • Pharmaceutical companies
    • Medical equipment companies
    • Special interest groups

    Clinical Sites

    • Canandaigua VA
    • HCR of Rochester
    • Lifetime Care
    • Rochester General Hospital
    • University of Rochester Medical Center
    • Unity Hospital


    • Centers for Disease Control
    • Cleveland Clinic
    • Mayo Clinic
    • Mt. Sinai Health System
    •  Rochester Regional Health System
    • UR Medicine Health System
    • Yale Primary Care

    Graduate Schools

    • Albany Medical College
    • Boston College
    • Emory University
    • SUNY Buffalo
    • University of Rochester
    CCNE accredited nursing logo

    The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Nazareth College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).