St. Elizabeth College of Nursing

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 an 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 celebrates 118 years of operation. We continue to respond to ongoing changes in health care and remain a leader in nursing education in the Mohawk Valley.

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