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Nursing student and patient

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
Technical Standards

Department Spotlight

Students in Guatemala

Nursing Trip to Guatemala

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

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Student nursing sitting in chair outside

Meet Our Students

Total Enrollment - Day Program
153

RN-BSN Program
50

Department Announcements

January 4, 2017

Westfield State University is not accepting transfer applications for the traditional undergraduate BS in Nursing at this time; however, licensed Registered Nurses (RNs) who have earned an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) may apply for admission to the RN-to-BSN bachelor degree-completion program exclusively through the Division of Graduate & Continuing Education.

For RN – BSN Program, Contact:
 
Graduate / Part-Time & Evening Admissions
(413) 572-8020
wsucgce@westfield.ma.edu

Careers

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

  • Nursing Club

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

  • 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