powerful partners

Powerful Partners: Training at a World-Class Facility

For three decades, Colby-Sawyer's nursing program has been closely affiliated with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC), New Hampshire's only academic medical center. Just half an hour north of campus, DHMC now considers the Colby-Sawyer curriculum its own undergraduate nursing program. This relationship has made it possible for Colby-Sawyer to hire DHMC nurses on a contract basis to teach half-time at the college alongside full-time faculty members.

Colby-Sawyer's Nursing Program is a combination of three kinds of teaching: classroom, laboratory and clinical. The majority of the classroom teaching occurs at Colby-Sawyer; the lab teaching is split between the college and DHMC, and the clinical education happens at DHMC where nurses work closely with student nurses from their sophomore year to their senior spring semester. One significant resource is the DHMC simulation lab, where nursing students can apply their training in a real-life environment.

Colby-Sawyer nursing graduates are sought after everywhere and especially by DHMC, thanks in part to the close relationships students develop with the hospital's staff during their studies. Colby-Sawyer students spend two-and-a-half years, and sometimes externships and preceptorships, embedded in the organization, so the people who interview them for jobs already know their strengths and how they function on the floor.