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Nurses play vital roles at all levels of the health care system. They are caregivers, counselors, educators, and advocates who work with clients of all ages. Care is given in a variety of inpatient and community settings, and involves clients with chronic and acute health care needs. Nursing is a continually growing field that offers diverse opportunities and challenges.

The College's rigorous and highly-praised nursing program offers diverse clinical experiences in hospitals, long-term care facilities, and community settings. Courses in nursing and the liberal arts provide in-depth career preparation. Scholarships are available for students in the Nursing program. The most recent first-time NCLEX pass rate for the program is 92%. The completion rate within 150% of four semesters for the program is 80%, and our job placement rate within six months is 100%. 

Clinical Experience

To prepare nursing students for the many diverse roles available to them, clinical opportunities in a variety of health care settings are integrated as part of each semester.


Students have the opportunity to participate in a nursing internship offered during the summer after the second semester of the nursing program, and during winter break after the third semester. The internship provides hands-on experience within the limits of students’ current clinical knowledge. Students work directly under the supervision of an RN preceptor for a total of 100 or 150 hours and are also supported by a faculty mentor. Settings for internships have included acute inpatient units, same day surgery, community agencies, midwife/MD offices, mental health clinics, and hospice organizations.

Degree Requirements

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After passing the NCLEX-RN examination and obtaining an RN license, graduates are eligible for employment in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, schools, industries, hospices, family planning agencies, doctor’s offices, and a variety of other settings. Graduates have found employment in a variety of health care facilities throughout the U.S., and are prepared to pursue baccalaureate and higher degrees in nursing and advanced practice roles. Learn more about related jobs: 

Program Chair


Kim Sharpe, MS, RN, CHPN

Professor, Nursing

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Transfer Options

We encourage our nursing graduates to continue their education. Recent transfer institutions include:

  • Binghamton University
  • Elmira College
  • Empire State College
  • SUNY Delhi
  • Keuka College
  • Utica College
  • SUNY Upstate Medical University
  • Le Moyne College


The 첥Ƶ Cortland’s nursing degree program is accredited by the:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, Georgia 30326

NY State Education Department
Office of the Professions
Division of Professional Licensing Services
Nurse Unit
89 Washington Ave
Albany, NY 12234-1000
HESC code: 006788


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