History of St. Elizabeth College of Nursing

St. Elizabeth College of Nursing (SECON) was established in 1904 as a single purpose three-year diploma program in nursing. It was registered by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) as St. Elizabeth Hospital School of Nursing and graduated its first class of seven in 1907. The nursing program was a natural outgrowth of the tradition and mission of St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC) which is to care for the sick and helpless. The College maintains a strong tie with its parent institution, SEMC - an affiliate of The Mohawk Valley Health System - as well as other clinical agencies to provide superior clinical experiences for students in all clinical areas.

The College now offers a two-year associate in applied science (AAS) degree in nursing, fully integrating theoretical learning with clinical experiences within a caring environment. The nursing courses include direct patient care that is planned and supervised by a faculty member with expertise in a particular nursing area. One of the strengths of the program at St. Elizabeth is its clinical component that combines the theory learned in class with actual nursing practice allowing for immediate transfer and application of knowledge. St Elizabeth College of Nursing also offers an evening/weekend program. This program is designed to meet the needs of students who are unable to attend classes during the traditional weekday hours.

In 2008, SECON and SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly) announced a unique dual degree partnership (1+2+1). Our 1+2+1 program is for high school students who possess excellent academic achievement and can meet the rigorous admission requirements for the program. During the freshmen year, the general education & science requirements are completed at SUNY Poly. In years two and three, the student will earn an associates degree while completing the nursing program at SECON leading to RN licensure. The fourth and final year of the program returns the student to SUNY Poly where a BS degree is earned (BSN). This is a great opportunity to earn two nursing degrees in four years!

St. Elizabeth College of Nursing celebrated 110 years of operation and has graduated over 3600 men and women who provide professional and high quality care to clients of all ages. The College continues to respond to ongoing changes in health care and remains a leader in nursing education in the Mohawk Valley.