Student Nurses in Athletics

We Believe It Is All About Balance

The School of Nursing recognizes that our students bring more than their academic ability to the Elms College community.  Our students are often high school athletes who can perform at a high level on the field and in the classroom.  Elms College is an NCAA Division III institution and a member of the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) with 15 sports teams.

As a student nurse athlete, we believe that you can be equally committed to your academic and athletic experience.  The School of Nursing does not restrict participation in college athletics.  Working with your academic advisor and course coordinators responsible for clinical placement, student nurse athletes are able to meet the obligations of being a student nurse and an athlete.

Here are just a few of the numerous achievements of our student nurse athletes:

  • 50 Elms Student Athletes were named to the 2013 Fall Semester New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Academic All-Conference Team. Eighteen (18) of the 50 athletes named are nursing majors participating in Cross Country, Field Hockey, Men’s Soccer, Women’s Soccer and Women’s Volleyball.


  • In the 2012 Field Hockey season, Goalkeeper Alexandra Bonavita ‘13, set a new program Record for Saves previously set in 1997.  During her 4 years at Elms College as a nursing major, Alexandria was also named as the NECC candidate for the NCAA 2013 Woman of the Year award, named to the 2012 Longstrengh/NFHCA (National Field Hockey Coaches Association) Division III All-New England West Region Team and received the NECC Rookie of the Week and Player of the Week honors.


  • Swimmer Tessa Dudnake (Nursing Class of 2014) began smashing pool records the minute she dove into the pool in the Partyka Natatorium and currently holds 3 individual school records and 3 team relay records. Tessa earned 14 GNAC (Great Northeast Athletic Conference) Championships in 7 individual events and 7 relays with 5 resulting in meet records.


  • At the 2013 Athletic Awards Banquet, nursing majors swept the three major athletic award (selected by the head coaches) :
    • Woman Athlete of the Year – Tessa Dudnake (Class of 2014)
    • Monsignor Timothy J. Leary Award – Leah Spring ‘13
    • Dr. Joachim Froehlich Award – Alexandra Bonavita ‘13