BSN students at Elms thrive on realistic simulation lab experiences, rigorous academics, and challenging clinical rotations to pass the NCLEX and enter the workforce ready to make a difference.

Simulation Labs

Elms bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) students cultivate their skills in the Lyons Center, our campus’ innovation hub that is home to three cutting-edge simulation labs. Designed to mirror real hospital environments, our sim labs are fully-equipped with 13 high-tech mannequins that enable you to practice health assessment techniques prior to beginning clinical rotations.


Nursing education at Elms emphasizes a holistic approach to patient care. Along with learning contemporary nursing and healthcare standards, our students gain experience in nurturing and healing a patient’s mind, body, and spirit in harmony. Our BSN program connects the liberal arts and sciences with an evidence-based curriculum that prepares nurses to pass the NCLEX upon graduation.

Elms College is #1 among nursing schools in Western Massachusetts for NCLEX pass rates (97%, class of 2019). We’re also proud to be ranked in the top 10 of nursing programs across the state.

Professional Development

Nursing students at Elms are encouraged to take advantage of a robust set of professional development opportunities, including:

  • An NCLEX prep course using ATI software
  • Mock interviews with healthcare employers
  • Presentations from the Student Nurse Council
  • Lectures by thought leaders in the medical and healthcare fields
  • Networking events sponsored by Career Services
  • Internships

Clinical Rotations

After completing skills lab and simulation lab requirements, nursing students apply their learning in healthcare settings across Western Massachusetts. Often working alongside other Elms students, our nurses gain firsthand experience working in medical-surgical, intensive care, pediatric, maternity, mental health, and geriatric units, among others.

Interdisciplinary Careers

Making connections across disciplines is a core value at Elms. Many students in our BSN program expand their skills and worldviews by minoring in bioethics and medical humanities. Others, like Rebecca Cao ’17, have even added a second major, like computer information technology and security, to prepare for a specific job within healthcare.

Visit our School of Nursing website for more information.