Nursing & Allied Health Department

Why Nursing?

Nursing is both an art and a science. The nursing program includes courses in the liberal arts, the sciences and nursing. The curriculum prepares graduates to accept responsibility for the care of clients and families in a variety of health care settings, to function in beginning leadership roles, and to be consumers of and participants in nursing research. Students are provided with the foundation for graduate study in nursing.  Upon completion of the program, graduates will be fully prepared to take the National Council Licensing Examination in Nursing for Registered Nurses (NCLEX), a required credential for nursing practice in Massachusetts and the United States as a whole. 

What makes us great:
Small program size. In recognition of the growing health care needs of an aging population, the nursing curriculum places special emphasis on care of the older adult. A one-year formal student-to-student mentorship program where incoming freshman students are paired with an upper classman nursing student, to help transition into the program and help get the incoming student connected with other nursing students and activities on campus. A patient Simulation Laboratory with video and voice recording equipment.  Capstone Preceptorship program where students work at a health care organization during their last semester under the supervision of a registered nurse. 

Nursing Program Overview
Nursing Accreditation

Department Spotlight


Nursing Trip to Guatemala

While many students were enjoying their 2014 winter break, 19 of the our nursing students took the Westfield Engages civic engagement initiative to Guatemala on a humanitarian mission.  It was the first time Westifled State sent nursing students on a medical and public health mission to help the impoverished nation.



Meet Our Faculty

Full-time Faculty

Department Chair
Karen Manning


Meet Our Students

Total Enrollment


Nursing graduates will be prepared for a multitude of nursing positions working in:

  • Acute care hospitals
  • Long term care facilities
  • Rehabilitation settings
  • Out-patient health clinics
  • Public health agencies
  • Nursing homes
  • Psychiatric settings
  • End-of-life facilities

Clubs & Organizations

  • Medical Science Club

    The Medical Science club was created to serve the needs of students who intend on pursuing a career in medicine.

    Medical Science Club Constitution

  • Nursing Club

    The primary purpose of this organization shall be to foster and promote an understanding of health care issues and societal issues.

    Nursing Club Constitution

  • EMS Club

    This club promotes the training of First Responders, as well as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT's) and First Aid Instructors

    EMS Club Constitution