Mission and Objectives

Mission Statement

The Nursing department is an integral part of Hudson Valley Community College and subscribes to the Hudson Valley mission statement and objectives. This is evident in the philosophy, conceptual framework, program outcomes and student learning outcomes of the department. The Nursing department has responded to the needs of the community by providing graduates who provide direct care to patients and families with common health care needs in structured settings.

Conceptual Framework

Because we believe that people, bio-psycho-social beings, adapt to an ever-changing environment, it is anticipated that there are certain stages throughout the life cycle when adaptation must take place. When people find it difficult to adapt this produces a crisis situation. We believe that the associate degree nurse helps people to make acceptable adaptations to identified problems. With this framework as a guide, we will study the concepts of stress, immobility, loss and crises throughout the curriculum.

Program Outcomes

The Nursing program will graduate individuals who will:

  1. Successfully complete the nursing program within 150 percent of the designated time.
  2. Perform at or above the national level on the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX).
  3. Express satisfaction with the program of learning at Hudson Valley Community College.
  4. Be evaluated as competent by their employers.


  2017 2016 2015 3 Year Mean
National rate (mean) 84.24% 82.09% 89-90% 84.44%
State rate (mean) 85.03% 83.23% 84% 84.08%
HVCC rate (mean) 91.80% 95.59% 91% 92.79%


Graduating class Number of Graduates Number employed Number transferred Not reported
2013 83 51 11 21
2014 80 57 14 9
2015 90 64 5 21

Our expected level of achievement is that 90 percent of our graduates will have employment or transfer within six months of graduation (November). The trended data for employers' satisfaction for years 2014-2016 expressed 95 percent satisfaction.


Graduating Class Retention Rate
2009 30%
2010 40%
2011 49%
2012 63%
2013 100%
2014 74%
2015 81%
2016 78%

Student Learning Outcomes

Student learning outcomes clearly state the expected knowledge, skills, attitudes, competencies and habits of mind that students are expected to acquire at Hudson Valley Community College's Nursing Program. Student learning outcomes are utilized to guide your learning throughout the program.

  1. Apply current evidence-based knowledge from nursing arts and sciences and liberal arts and sciences in providing and managing patient and family centered nursing care.
  2. Utilize critical thinking and nursing judgment, by means of the nursing process, as a basis for professional practice.
  3. Communicate through verbal, non-verbal, written and technological means to achieve a desired outcome.
  4. Implement the role of the professional nurse by:
    1. Incorporating evidence-based practice, and safe, quality patient care standards for a diverse patient population across the lifespan.
    2. Advocating for patients and families to promote, maintain and/or restore the patient's optimum level of health.
    3. Utilizing hospital and/or community resources.
    4. Facilitating inter-professional collaboration utilizing best practices for optimal patient outcomes.
  5. Function independently within the scope of practice for nursing.
  6. Demonstrate accountability for intellectual growth, professional development and lifelong learning. 

Get in Touch

Department or program information:

Martha Desmond
Fitzgibbons Health Technologies Center, Room 204

Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Summer Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Program admission information:

Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 223
Regular Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Summer Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.