Dean’s Message

Kathleen Scoble Headshot

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

With a forty-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 with each bringing something unique to our students. Along with expertise in their nursing specialties, Elms faculty are role models for our students, 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 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 Lyons 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. 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.

In keeping with our mission and vision to serve our community by educating professional nurses, the School of Nursing expanded its Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs to include a school nurse track building off the core MSN components with a specific, role-focused curriculum on school nursing as a specialized practice of public health.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), a clinical doctorate program addresses the growing need for advanced practice nurses in adult and family care using expert specialty faculty and unique academic clinical partnerships for the education and training of Nurse Practitioner students. Most recently a DNP track was added in healthcare innovation and leadership for post-masters nurse managers and leaders.

Whether you are a high school or second degree student seeking undergraduate nursing; or a nurse seeking degree completion, graduate studies in education or management; or a career as an APRN prepared with the clinical doctorate (DNP), 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 (BSN), accelerated bachelor of science in nursing degree program (BSN), the RN to BSN degree completion program (BSN),  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., MA, M.Ed., RN
Dean, School of Nursing
Professor of Nursing