The Elms College baccalaureate nursing curriculum integrates a strong liberal arts and sciences core with a nursing curriculum that emphasizes nationally recognized standards and competencies for nurses and health professionals.
Elms bachelor of science in nursing students are well educated through rigorous coursework, state-of-the-art simulation labs and through diverse clinical practice in a variety of healthcare settings to gain the knowledge and skills to successfully engage in professional nursing practice.
Elms nursing graduates become knowledgeable, innovative professional nurse leaders prepared to influence and drive healthcare change, make important contributions to patient safety and quality healthcare delivery.
Elms boasts award-winning BS athletes across all Division III sports. More than half (60%) of our athletes on the women’s lacrosse, softball, and basketball teams are also nursing majors.
Clinical learning begins sophomore year
Student-led Undergraduate Nursing Council provides continuous feedback and student experience input
Specialized support and a dedicated nursing computer testing lab
Click to view course requirements for the major in Nursing (BSN).
124 credits (including Elms College core requirements).
Core Nursing Requirements
# of Credit Hours
Introduction to Contemporary Nursing Practice
Medical Dose Calculations
Health Assessment of the Adult
Fundamentals of Nursing
Nursing Care of the Adult I
Nursing Skills Lab I
Mental Health Nursing
Nursing Care of the Adult II
Nursing Skills Lab II
Children and Families
Nursing Care of the Older Adult
Population-based Health Nursing
Nursing Leadership and Management of Care
Required Non-Nursing Courses (40 credits)
# of Credit Hours
Anatomy and Physiology I
Anatomy and Physiology I Lab
Anatomy and Physiology II
Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
Nutrition and Yoga
Health Care Ethics
Spanish II Lab
Human Behavior in the Social Environment
Introduction to Cultural Competence
Rebecca Cao '17
Rebecca Cao ’17 took a unique approach to her nursing education, choosing to stay an extra year at Elms to complete a second major in computer information technology (CIT). Here, she explains how her understanding of technology led her to a clinical analyst job at Berkshire Health Systems.