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An Education that Fits

An Education that Fits

Education has to fit student career objectives and learning needs. The College of Saint Elizabeth (CSE) understands that and delivers, especially for adult learners.

“I loved the College of Saint Elizabeth from the first time I started taking classes,” said Kathy Basile, who is a two-time graduate, having completed both a Master of Science in Health Care Management, ’08,  as well a Master of Science in Nursing Education, ’09. “I liked the attention to adult learners who have to work full time as well as take classes.  The College truly takes an interest in each one of us.”

Basile, who started her career as a Registered Nurse after studying at St. Mary’s Hospital in Hoboken, N.J., is now interim director of educational services at Saint Clare’s Hospital in Dover, N.J.  From there she coordinates all educational programs for more than 3,000 employees at four New Jersey locations – Dover, Denville, Boonton and Sussex. On a daily basis, she draws on knowledge gained in her courses, especially the health care management area.  “The classes gave me invaluable education on how the system works…what health care organizations should look like. A lot of it was useful, practical information.”  That, along with her background in nursing and nursing education, provides a solid foundation for her current job.

Depending on the program, adult students often have the option to take classes either on campus or at their place of employment. Basile opted for the former. “I liked meeting people from all walks of life and throughout the whole health care industry. I prefer taking classes outside my workplace.”

Basile continues to pursue her education and is now enrolled in the Ph.D. program in nursing at Rutgers University. “We are life-long learners as nurses. In today’s ever-changing system of health care, nurses need to focus on continuing their formal education and research in order to provide the best care to the communities we serve,” she said. “At College of Saint Elizabeth, I truly learned the spirit of service and commitment to scholarship.”