St. Elizabeth College of Nursing

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St. Elizabeth College of Nursing
MottoLatin: Caritas benigna est
(Love is kind)
Location, ,
United States
ColorsGreen and yellow

St. Elizabeth College of Nursing (SECON) is a two-year private, non-profit college founded in 1904. It offers an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Nursing with curriculum plans designed to meet students' educational needs. The school has over 3700 graduates. It offers preparation for working in today's health care environment, a one-to-one relationship with faculty, experience with technology, and extensive hands-on clinical experience.


St. Elizabeth College of Nursing was established in 1904 as a single-purpose three-year diploma program in nursing. It was registered by the New York State Education Department as St. Elizabeth Hospital School of Nursing, and graduated its first class of seven in 1907. The nursing program was a natural outgrowth of the tradition and mission of St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC), which is to care for the sick and helpless. The college maintains a strong tie with its parent institution, SEMC - an affiliate of the Mohawk Valley Health System - as well as other clinical agencies, to provide superior clinical experiences for students in all clinical areas.

St. Elizabeth College of Nursing has graduated over 3700 men and women who provide professional and high quality care to clients of all ages.


The college now offers a two-year associate in applied science (AAS) degree in nursing, fully integrating theoretical learning with clinical experiences within a caring environment. The nursing courses include direct patient care that is planned and supervised by a faculty member with expertise in a particular nursing area. One of the strengths of the program at St. Elizabeth is its clinical component that combines the theory learned in class with actual nursing practice, allowing for immediate transfer and application of knowledge.

St. Elizabeth College of Nursing also offers an evening/weekend program, designed to meet the needs of students who are unable to attend classes during the traditional weekday hours.

In 2008, SECON and SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly) announced a unique dual degree partnership (1+2+1). This program is for students who possess excellent academic achievement and can meet the rigorous admission requirements for the program. During the freshman year, the general education and science requirements are completed at SUNY Poly. In years two and three, the student earns an associate degree while completing the nursing program at SECON leading to RN licensure. The fourth and final year of the program returns the student to SUNY Poly, where a BS degree is earned. The program affords the opportunity to earn two nursing degrees in four years.


  • Varinya Sheppard, Phd, MS, RN (President)
  • Jessica Eldred, MS, RN (Dean of Student and Faculty Development)
  • Beverly Plante, MS, RN (Dean of Student and Faculty Development)


  1. ^ "St. Elizabeth College of Nursing, Utica, NY". College Board. Retrieved April 19, 2015.

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