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Nursing Dual Degree Program

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Dual Degree Program - Code #2373

Linda Panter, Department Chair and Program Coordinator
Email address: panterlk@alfredstate.edu

The demand for nurses with bachelor's degrees has never been greater.  According to the Health and Medicine Division's (HMD) Future of Nursing: Leading Change, at a minimum, 80 percent of nurses should have at least a bachelor's degree by 2020.  In order to meet the recommended need, Alfred State now offers a dual degree.

The new dual degree nursing program is a model to meet the high demand for bachelor's degrees in nursing, while allowing the student to earn both an associate and baccalaureate degree over four years.  The graduates of the associate program are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam at the end of the third year.  The nursing program will prepare you to become a registered professional nurse - one of the fastest-growing professions in the country.  Courses are sequential and progress from simple to more complex situations, with specialized content in obstetrics, psychiatrics, and pediatrics integrated into the program.  Clinical experience, an essential part of each nursing course, further enables you to gain technical competence to apply theoretical knowledge with practice.  The upper-division completion program will enhance your knowledge and skills foundation to function more autonomously and interdependently in diverse, complex, and dynamic health care environments.  Moreover, the program will enhance your potential to expand your responsibilities in practice to become a leader, coordinator, and manager of care.  Lastly, the program will serve as a solid academic foundation for advanced study in nursing at the graduate level.  Some of the BSN core nursing courses will begin to be offered in both an on-campus setting (for residential students), while online opportunities will be available for students not living on or near campus, providing flexibility and learning style choices for the adult student and working professional.

Clinical components will be required in the following courses:

  • NURS 6003 - Nursing Leadership and Management
  • NURS 6413 - Health Assessment and Promotion Across the Lifespan
  • NURS 7004 - Population Focused Care in the Community

It is strongly recommended that clinical site affiliations are submitted at least two months prior to taking the course to ensure that a clinical site agreement is in place.

As a graduate of this program, you will be prepared to assume a leadership role in the health care delivery system using gained experience, research, and technology for evidence-based decision-making.  You will be equipped to deliver, lead, and coordinate care for a variety of individuals from diverse backgrounds to improve client outcomes.

Advantages

  • Both the AAS and BSN programs are registered by NYS Education Department. Graduates of the AAS degree are eligible to apply for licensure as a registered professional nurse (RN-NCLEX) in any state.
  • Articulation agreements are in progress between multiple regional community colleges and Alfred State for the BSN program.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  • Applies technology and information management skills to retrieve data, communicate, support decision-making, and submit information.
  • Manages care for clients while evaluating own performance to improve professional practice, quality of care, and safety in a timely and cost-effective manner.
  • Demonstrates responsibility for continued learning and further growth.
  • Implements evidence-based practice to promote a caring environment that ensures client's safety, comfort, dignity, and self-esteem consistent with his/her developmental stage in an effective and efficient manner.
  • Demonstrates accountability and effective interpersonal relationships with clients and members of the health care team, and works collaboratively in professional practice.
  • Acquire self-empowerment to provide holistic care to a diverse population while providing health education using learner-centered focused principles.
  • Synthesize theory and concepts from nursing, the liberal education domain, and other professions to expand knowledge.
  • Create a plan to foster social justice through civic engagement.
  • Apply principles of critical reflection, inquiry, and evidence-based practice to resolve nursing issues.
  • Integrate leadership principles to design, manage, and coordinate care for individuals and populations in complex and changing health care delivery systems.
  • Appraise issues related to health promotion and disease prevention to promote healthy life for individuals, families, groups, and populations across the lifespan, with attention to rural communities, maintenance, and end of life.
  • Apply knowledge of informatics to foster inter- and intra-professional communication and collaboration in the delivery of safe, quality health care.
  • Create a philosophy as a foundation for committment to the profession, advancement, and lifelong learning.
  • Use a variety of methods to communicate in written and oral form throughout the program.

Professional Opportunities

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Physician offices
  • Industry
  • Ambulatory settings
  • Visiting nurses' agencies
  • Schools
  • Home health care
  • Health insurance providers
  • Leadership, management, research, education, and practice opportunities in a variety of health care settings and institutions throughout New York State and the US.

Student Achievement Data

The NCLEX pass rate for the May 2017 graduates is 89 percent.

The dual degree program was officially registered with the NYS Department of Education as of the fall 2016 semester.

Related Programs

Biological Science
Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Health Information Technology
Health Sciences
Human Services
Liberal Arts & Sciences: Humanities
Radiologic Technology

Entrance Requirements

  • Algebra, Biology, Chemistry
  • Combined reading/writing and math SAT score of 1080 or an ACT composite score of 21.  Additional details and entrance requirements may be obtained directly from the Admissions Office.
  • Required: It is essential that students are able to fully participate in clinical, caring for clients as assigned. Established entrance requirements for nursing students include being able to:
    • Ambulate (walk) without assistive devices
    • Lift at least 35 pounds
    • Function in a safe manner, not placing clients in jeopardy
    • Maintain confidentiality in regard to professional practice
    • Appropriately utilize standard medical equipment
    • Interpret data from electronic devices in the health care setting for the purpose of client care
    • Maintain professional composure at all times
    • Communicate effectively, orally, and in writing

A computer with Internet access, webcam, and Microsoft Office is required for the nursing program. Written work must be submitted in Word format.  Students are permitted to repeat an upper-level (5000 or higher) nursing core course one time only.  If a student is unsuccessful in the same nursing course twice, they will be unable to progress in the nursing program.

Bachelor-level students are expected to write at a BS level proficiency, using APA format. Writing proficiency, grammar, spelling, and APA formatting are all essential elements of every nursing course. Failure to write at a BS level may result in failure of nursing course work.

Licensure

Upon completion of the AAS degree portion of the dual degree program, graduates are eligible to apply for licensure as a registered professional nurse (RN-NCLEX) in any state. Completion of the AAS nursing program does not assure licensure as a registered professional nurse. Graduates of this portion of the dual degree nursing program meet the education requirements for admittance to the RN licensure exam; however, there is a requirement that the applicant be of “good moral character” and a fee must be paid for the test and license. On the application for New York State licensure, the applicant is required to truthfully answer the following questions:

  • Have you ever been found guilty after trial, or pleaded guilty, no contest, or nolo contendere to a crime (felony or misdemeanor) in any court?
  • Are criminal charges pending against you in any court?
  • Has any licensing or disciplinary authority refused to issue you a license or ever revoked, annulled, canceled, accepted surrender of, suspended, placed on probation, refused to renew a professional license or certificate held by you now or previously, or ever fined, censured, reprimanded, or otherwise disciplined you?
  • Are charges pending against you in any jurisdiction for any sort of professional misconduct?
  • Has any hospital or licensed facility restricted or terminated your professional training, employment of privileges, or have you ever voluntarily or involuntarily resigned or withdrawn from such association to avoid imposition of such measures?
  • If the answer to any of the questions is yes, the applicant must offer full explanation and establish his/her good moral character with the State Education Department, prior to earning a license.

ACEN logoAccreditation/certification

The AAS nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), formerly the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC) [3343 Peachtree Road, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326]; phone (404) 975-5000, www.acenursing.org

The BSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education:

(CCNE) [655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001;202-887-6791] 
www.ccneaacreditation.org
CCNE logoand by Middle States Commission on Higher Education [3624 Market Street, 
2nd Floor West, Philadelphia, PA 19104; 267-284-5000].  
Both the AAS and BSN programs are registered by the NYS Education Department. Graduates of the AAS degree are eligible to apply for licensure as a registered professional nurse (RN-NCLEX) in any state.
 

Dual Degree Program Nursing – AAS to BSN Degree

TYPICAL FOUR-YEAR PROGRAM

First

BIOL 1404 Anatomy & Physiology I 4
COMP 1503 Freshman Composition 3
PSYC 1013 General Psychology 3
SOCI 1163 General Sociology 3
XXXX xxx3 General Education Elective (Fine Arts, Foreign Language, Western Civilization or American History) 3
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Second

BIOL 2504 Anatomy & Physiology II 4
LITR 2603 Introduction to Literature 3
PSYC 1023 Human Development 3
HLTH 1313 Nutrition 3
MATH 1123 Statistics I 3
      16

Third

NURS 1108 Nursing I 8
BIOL 4254 General Microbiology 4
ANTH 5113 Cross-Cultural Encounters 3
      15

Fourth

NURS 2208 Nursing II 8
SPCH 1083 Effective Speaking 3
XXXX xxx3 Liberal Arts Elective 3
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Fifth

NURS 3310 Nursing III 10
NURS 8003 Informtcs&Tech App in Hlthcare 3
NURS 5023 Contemporary Nursing 3
      16

Sixth

NURS 4410 Nursing IV 10
BIOL 6403 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
NURS 6413 Health Assmt & Promotion Acros 3
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Student is eligible to apply for licensure as a registered professional nurse (RN-NCLEX) in any state.


Seventh

NURS 5003 Ethical Issues in Health Care 3
NURS 6003 Nursing Leadership/Management 3
NURS 7003 Nursing Research 3
NURS xxx3 Nursing Elective (Upper Level) 3
XXXX xxx3 Liberal Arts Elective (Upper Level) 3
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Eighth

Evidence of RN Licensure required prior to progression into NURS 7004 Population Focused Care.

NURS 7004 Population Focused Care in Com 4
NURS 8013 Professional Capstone 3
XXXX xxx3 Liberal Arts Elective (Upper Level) 3
XXXX xxx3 Liberal Arts Elective (Upper Level) 3
XXXX xxx3 Liberal Arts Elective (Upper Level) 3
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Be advised that a prior felony conviction may impede a student’s ability to participate in a required professional practice experience.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

AAS

  • 36 credits of nursing (nursing I, II, III, IV)
  • 12 credits of natural science (anatomy & physiology I and II, microbiology)
  • 9 credits of social science (general psychology, general sociology, human development)
  • 6 credits of English/humanities (freshman composition, literature)

BS - Total dual degree credits

  • 64 credits of nursing
  • 60 gen ed/liberal arts and sciences credits