Nazareth College Nursing Program Review

Nazareth College (NC) is a private liberal arts school in Rochester that was founded in 1924 by the Sisters of St. Joseph. The student body consists of around 2,000 undergraduate students and 1,000 postgraduate students and 40 undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education programs. There are many clubs and organizations plus a variety of athletics for student athletes. The campus of Nazareth College is close to Rochester, a city with arts, music, and shopping. The college has a highly respecting Bachelor of Science in nursing program that leads to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Nursing Programs

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Nazareth College’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program is unique in several ways. Students learn to work in multicultural settings with patients of diverse backgrounds and needs. There is also a chance of studying abroad to learn about the healthcare in other countries like Finland or Great Britain, an opportunity that is not offered to nursing students in many other programs. Nazareth received the American Association of Colleges of Nursing award for its study abroad dual-degree program that allows RNs to study at two different universities in Europe. Nurses in this program are licensed in the U.S. and in Europe. The nursing program also emphasizes global health issues.

Other features of the Nazareth College BSN nursing program include the opportunity for students to complete interdisciplinary studies in art therapy, communications sciences, or gerontology. Clinical care experience varies widely from acute settings to long-term care and that which is community-based. Students who graduate from this program are well-prepared to take the NCLEX-RN, the national exam for licensure as a Registered Nurse. The BSN program

RN to BS

The college’s Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science (BS) in nursing is also offered at Nazareth College. RNs may elect to complete their bachelor’s degree studies on either a part-time or full-time basis. There is also a Fast Track program that allows for completion of the BS in only 16 months. RNs with an associate degree are able to transfer credits from their previous college-level work to the BS program at Nazareth.


Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) who want to take more liberal arts classes and higher level nursing courses may also want to earn their Bachelor of Science degree at Nazareth. They may also enter the program with advance credits by taking the challenge tests that are offered. Passing the tests allows LPNs to opt out of beginning-level nursing courses.

Advanced Certificate in Nursing Education

Although Nazareth College does not offer a Master of Science (MS) degree in nursing, the college does offer an advanced certificate for RNs who already have a MS. This program requires 15 credits and prepares students to teach student nurses in associate, baccalaureate, or diploma nursing programs. The program focuses on helping RNs learn teaching skills in both the classroom and in clinical settings. They also learn how to educate the community about wellness, communicable diseases, immunizations, and a wide variety of topics. Three hours of teaching practicum are required before the certificate is granted. At the end of the program, students take the required national exam to receive their certificate as nurse educators.

Nazareth College
4245 East Avenue,
Rochester, New York 14618
(585) 389-2525