Message from the Chair of Nursing

Annette L. Becker DNS, RN, Professor of Nursing and Chair of the Nursing Department

Welcome! I’m so glad you’re considering Utica University’s Accelerated Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program to help you transition into a rewarding nursing career. We designed our ABSN program for students like you who desire a challenging, yet supportive, environment to become a nurse on an accelerated timeline.

You may be pursuing a bachelor’s of science in nursing for a variety of reasons, but the fact that you’re considering the Utica University ABSN program shows that you’re dedicated to becoming the best nurse you can be and don’t want to waste any time to make that happen. At Utica University, we understand that. That’s why we’re dedicated to your success and to filling the growing nurse shortage with confident, capable nurse leaders.

The Utica University ABSN program operates learning sites in Syracuse and Albany, New York, separate from the main Utica University campus in Utica, New York. Why do we offer separate program sites? The answer is simple: To build locations that address the dire need for nurses throughout the state and across the country. We do that by offering more access to our accredited 16-month curriculum and focusing on the unique learning needs of nursing students who desire a fast track to transition into the profession.

We also do that by preparing you to be so much more than a nurse. Upon completion of the Utica University ABSN program, you’ll graduate with the practical skills, medical knowledge, and research theory background commensurate of leaders in the field. You’ll also leave with all the makings of a practice-ready, compassionate, and confident nurse — the sort of highly-skilled, sought-after professional today’s healthcare employers want to hire.

Thank you again for considering Utica University’s ABSN program, and best of luck on your nursing school journey. We’d be honored to be a part of it.


Annette L. Becker DNS, RN
Professor of Nursing and Chair of the Nursing Department