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.

You can join Nazareth's chapter of the National Student Nurses' Association — the only one in the region — for mentoring to support you in preparing for your initial licensure, to network, and to foster your professional development.

High Nursing Exam Pass Rate

  • Nazareth nursing students in 2020 earned a 97% pass rate in their first attempt on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN®).
  • Based on students' success over the past three years and the strength of Nazareth's accredited program, RNCareers.org ranks Nazareth's nursing program #3 statewide.

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 a week in Belize and a semester or two in Finland. The Finland option can include a dual degree and licensure in the European Union.
  • Supports nursing student athletes to successfully combine nursing studies with a sports commitment.

Nursing at Nazareth College

    Program Options, Requirements, and Course Descriptions

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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. 

    In Demand

    Registered nurses are among the top occupations for expected job growth through 2029, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    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
    College of Distinction: 2022-2023 Nursing badge

    Nazareth is among a select group of top colleges and universities across the country hand-picked to earn a 2022-2023 Top Nursing Colleges of Distinction for its programs that are well rounded, highly accredited, and focused on student success.

    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).

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