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Health & Medicine Profile

The College of New Rochelle School of Nursing is a coeducational program renowned for its outstanding curriculum and quality education. Our philosophy and holistic approach to nursing is embodied by the “CNR Nurse,” who possesses the expertise, compassion, and professionalism that is highly valued in the health care community.

The School of Nursing offers leading-edge programs that prepare you for successful nursing careers in a wide variety of health care settings, including hospitals, doctors’ offices, rehabilitation centers, and health service departments. On campus you’ll benefit from expert faculty who bring innovative teaching methods to our classrooms and modern simulation laboratories.

Because of our excellent location 16 miles outside Manhattan, you’ll gain hands-on experience through clinical rotations at top institutions like New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center Hospital, Blythedale Children’s Hospital, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. You will be prepared to take on roles in family practice and holistic nursing with a curriculum that is on top of the latest professional developments and emphasizes a holistic approach to caring for patients.

Academic programs
Our nursing students benefit from a rigorous degree program grounded in the College’s distinctive liberal arts curriculum. The program leads to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree that is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Our robust curriculum includes a wide range of disciplines across science, math, literature, and the arts, empowering you to gain the valuable critical-thinking, analysis, and communication skills needed to succeed in today’s marketplace.

Supported by vast professional preparation and experiential learning opportunities, our students synthesize the concepts explored in both the liberal arts and professional nursing components in their education. As a result, our graduates are well prepared to practice holistic health care, engage in evidence-based treatment, collaborate across disciplines and fields, and demonstrate exceptionally high levels of accountability and leadership.

The practical skills and techniques you learn in the classroom are put into practice in the Learning Resource Center for Nursing, a multipurpose facility that features two simulation laboratories, a health assessment lab, space for skill practice with high-tech mannequins, and a media room equipped with TV/DVD capabilities, computers, and nursing software to enhance your learning. Our labs include an intensive care unit, computerized medication system, nurses’ station, obstetrical suite, and a home care suite.

Outcomes that matter
Our programs focus not just on knowledge and skills but on leadership, mentoring, and advocacy. At CNR mentors play a huge role in preparing you for aspects of the job that can’t be taught in the classroom, like how to talk to the family of a loved one who is dying. You’ll learn to be an advocate for yourself, your patients, and other nurses.

Nurses who hold a bachelor’s degree are frequently looked to for leadership in hospital settings, even early on in their careers. CNR nurses in particular are highly respected in the field and at their clinical placements due to the outstanding preparation they receive at the School of Nursing.

The recent average starting salary for nurses graduating from The College of New Rochelle is $60,000. CNR nurses carry a reputation of excellence and are in high demand in the New York City metro area and around the country.

Plus, when you attend CNR, you connect to a professional alumni network of more than 50,000 people from 45 U.S. states and 44 countries to help you get your foot in the right door.   

Professional experience
At its core nursing is a service profession that meets the health care needs of individuals, families, and communities with knowledge, understanding, and compassion. We infuse curricular and cocurricular education, which means you will apply what you are learning in the classroom out in the real world simultaneously. In addition to our on-campus simulation laboratories and clinical placements at some of the best health care institutions in the Northeast, students also volunteer at local health care facilities and travel to countries like Mexico to provide health care delivery programs to women and children.

A campus community
CNR’s setting delivers you the best of both worlds. Our suburban campus in Westchester County provides a personal educational environment enhanced by an abundance of intellectual, professional, and cultural resources available locally and in nearby New York City. As a nursing student, you’ll find support through our Living Learning Communities, where students with similar majors and interests live together, collaborate on academic projects, and work closely with faculty. These communities encourage deeper inquiry into academic subjects and facilitate action and service. You will also be grouped by your class year/age group to foster productive and lasting bonds with your classmates.  

On-campus support for nursing students includes our Student Nurses’ Association, which provides opportunities for study, professional development, and a variety of social activities.

Study abroad opportunities
Our students are encouraged to take advantage of study abroad opportunities, which contribute to the development of a rich understanding and appreciation for other cultures, languages, and perspectives. During their time abroad, students gain academic credit as well as invaluable life experience, leadership skills, self-confidence and independence, and heightened cultural sensitivity that will serve them well in our increasingly interconnected world.

In order to make study abroad available to the widest selection of students possible, study abroad opportunities include the two-week Bridging Cultures program as well as summer, semester, and year-long programs. Financial support is available with the Russel and Deborah Taylor Foundation, which may fund up to half of the cost for qualified students to study abroad.

Vibrant campus life
Because life at college is about more than just studying, CNR has a wide selection of clubs, athletic teams, and service and spiritual opportunities. We offer six NCAA Division III athletic teams, as well as a wide variety of intramural and recreational activities. Our award-winning Wellness Center features an NCAA competition-sized swimming pool, exercise studio, and gymnasium. Named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the last five years, our students serve meals at the local soup kitchen, participate in Midnight Runs to assist the homeless in New York City, and take service trips in and outside the country.

Scholarships and grants
CNR recognizes outstanding students by awarding numerous merit scholarships to those who demonstrate exceptional accomplishment, leadership, commitment to service, and intellectual promise. More than 90% of our students receive financial aid and/or scholarship money. CNR School of Nursing students are eligible for the same scholarships offered to students in the School of Arts & Sciences, as well as several nursing-specific scholarship opportunities.

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