Two nurses in simulated hospital setting caring for infant.
Nursing
  • Student to faculty ratio: 11:1
  • Typical class size: 20-25
  • Fisher family:1

Nursing

All great nursing programs stress more than technical know-how. As a nursing student at Fisher, you will be trained to provide exceptional patient- and family-centered care.

With clinical experiences throughout the Rochester region and opportunities to participate in health care mission trips abroad, you will gain hands-on practice in a variety of practical settings.

Fisher also offers an accelerated option that allows specific graduate-level courses to be taken, with one course fulfilling a designated undergraduate requirement. This lets you shorten the time needed to pursue graduate studies at the Wegmans School of Nursing without compromising didactic and clinical learning experiences.

Program Overview

The traditional nursing program at Fisher is grounded in both discipline knowledge and the science of evidence-based practice.

During your first two years, you will complete College Core and prerequisite liberal arts and science courses, and participate in non-credit nursing seminars. You’ll study and practice nursing theory during the clinical portion of the program, and engage in evidence-based clinical coursework in the specialties of nursing care. The program culminates in a precepted clinical role transition course.

You also will have the chance to study in the Wegmans School of Nursing’s simulation center, which mirrors an actual hospital unit. Working with specialized simulation medical equipment offers you enhanced training and experience that reinforces the experiential component of the curriculum.

Life After Fisher

As a graduate with a bachelor's degree in nursing, you will be joining an elite group of individuals. Fisher nursing graduates are consistently ranked at or above the state and national average for similar B.S. programs.

After graduation, you will be equipped for an entry-level generalist practice nursing role in any of the numerous local, national, and international health care opportunities available. Frequently Fisher nursing students are recruited for and offered jobs from the nurse managers in settings where they are in student clinical placements or summer jobs.

New graduates in the greater Rochester area who have a B.S. in nursing and an RN license start at $45,000-$49,000. Salaries are higher in larger urban areas such as New York City and Boston.

My Fisher education has been one of the best experiences of my life and has prepared me for so much. I have gotten many offers and compliments before people even meet me when they find out that I am a Fisher grad. ”


Shalonda Lester
  • Shalonda Lester
  • R.N., Emergency Department, Highland Hospital

As a nurse, you realize what you know and what you do make a difference in people's lives. The work is its own reward. It's tremendously challenging, it's never boring, and there's privilege to it. Nursing is not what I do...it's who I am. ”


Dianne Cooney Miner
  • Dianne Cooney Miner
  • Dean, Wegmans School of Nursing