Dean’s Message

Dean Kathleen Scoble

On behalf of our nursing faculty, welcome to the Elms College School of Nursing.

With a thirty-year history, we are honored with an excellent reputation for educating nurses. With just under 500 nursing students, our School of Nursing is highly selective. The nursing faculty excel in providing our students at all levels – undergraduate, masters and doctoral – with personal and individualized attention both in the classroom and through our academic advising. You will find with us a sense of intimacy where the focus on students and their individual needs is a primary value.

When choosing any school or nursing program, faculty is a most important consideration. Our nursing faculty are both outstanding teachers and expert clinicians and each brings something unique to our students. Along with knowledge and expertise in their nursing specialties, these faculty are role models for our student nurses, showing them a passion for nursing and a commitment to patients and families for making a difference in their care and their health.

Our curriculum for undergraduate nursing and advanced practice nursing (DNP) has widely incorporated the use of simulation as an essential teaching method for clinical skills. The School of Nursing teaching facilities boast advanced nursing simulation skills labs, classroom and laboratories housed in the college’s new Center for Natural and Health Sciences. Academic studies also include community outreach and a service learning model where student nurses have the opportunity to engage in hands-on learning and reflective practice following their experiences.

Additionally, we are proud to describe our clinical learning environment as exceptional. We are affiliated with a wide range of healthcare organizations that provide us with clinical learning sites where students have the opportunity to work with diverse patients populations; and where numerous practicing nurses, every day, contribute to the education of our nursing students.

This fall, September 2014, I am delighted to announce that we opened the doctor of nursing practice (DNP), a clinical doctorate degree program, educating advanced practice nurses for roles as family nurse practitioner and adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner who will practice at the highest level of nursing practice and clinical leadership. In keeping with our mission and vision to serve our community by educating professional nurses, the Elms College DNP program addresses the growing need for advanced practice nurses in adult and family care. For the DNP program, we have collaborated in the development of unique academic clinical partnerships for the education and training of DNP students.

Whether you are a high school or second degree student seeking undergraduate nursing, a nurse seeking degree completion, graduate studies in education or management or you are a nurse seeking a career as an APRN with the doctor of nursing practice, we welcome you to explore our educational offerings that support preparation for the many career opportunities in nursing today –  the baccalaureate in nursing degree program (BS), accelerated bachelor of science in nursing degree program (BS), the RN to BS degree completion program (BS),  the master of science in nursing degree program (MSN), the master of science in nursing and master of business administration dual degree program (MSN/MBA) and the RN-MSN degree program.
Welcome to the Elms College School of Nursing. Your path to becoming a leader in the nursing profession starts here.

Kathleen Scoble, Ed.D., R.N.
Dean, School of Nursing, Associate Professor