The College 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 offers an evening/weekend nursing program in addition to the weekday program. It is designed to meet the needs of the adult learner who is unable to attend classes during the weekday hours. Adults 21 years of age and older, holding a high school diploma or equivalent, are eligible. Entrance requirements for the weekend candidate are the same as for the weekday applicant.
An applicant who does not qualify for admission to the nursing curriculum due to lack of pre-requisite courses or who may benefit from a year of general education courses may be accepted into the nursing program as a matriculated non-nursing student. This applicant may be able to complete the program of study in three (3) academic years.
1+2+1 SUNY Poly/SECON - Dual Degree Partnership Program in Nursing
The 1+2+1 program, instituted in 2008, is designed to allow the exceptional high school student to earn two degrees in four years; an AAS Degree from St. Elizabeth College of Nusing (SECON) and a BS in Nursing from SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly). As a student of SUNY Poly (Years 1 and 4), a strong educational framework is achieved. The student becomes enrolled at SECON (Years 2 and 3) and receives an extensive nursing theory (630 clinical hours) while a student at the College.
For more information regarding the SUNY Poly/SECON 1+2+1 Program, contact the Admissions Coordinator at (315) 801-8347.
The primary site for clinical experiences is St. Elizabeth Medical Center. Other facilities utilized are Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare located a short distance from St. Elizabeth's; Golisano Children's Hospital in Syracuse; Rome Memorial Hospital, Rome, and various community agencies.
The College provides instruction and educational services to students enrolled at SECON. All nursing classes are conducted at St. Elizabeth's and taught by St. Elizabeth College of Nursing faculty. All general education courses, with the exception of Microbiology, are taught at SUNY Poly and students are required to provide their own transportation. Microbiology is taught on SECON's campus. Students have the opportunity to participate in selected services, library and media services, and have access to SUNY Poly personnel and campus facilities.
The College of Nursing requires students to provide their own transportation to the College of Nursing, SUNY Poly, clinical agencies, community experiences, workshops and teaching days. Students are generally able to arrange car pools to facilities not within walking distance. SUNY Poly is located approximately five miles from SECON's campus.
Hours of Operation
Clinical experiences and classes are scheduled during the day and evening hours Monday through Friday for the weekday program, and weekday evenings in addition to Saturday and Sunday for the weekend program.