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Nursing Dual Degree Program

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Dual Degree Program - Code #2373

Jody Blankenship, Department Chair
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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. To maintain licensure as a registered nurse (RN) in New York State, RNs must have attained a baccalaureate degree or higher within 10 years of initial licensure. To meet this 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 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, mental health, 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. 


Both the AAS and BS in nursing programs are registered by NYS Education Department. Graduates of the AAS degree are eligible to apply for licensure as a registered nurse and sit for the NCLEX-RN (RN National Boards) in any state.

Graduates of the AAS degree are eligible to apply for licensure as a registered nurse and sit for the NCLEX-RN in any state.

The BS in nursing program can be taken entirely online, allowing the student to progress at their own pace.  The BS in nursing Program is registered by the NYS Education Department.

Articulation agreements are in place between multiple regional community colleges and Alfred State for the BS in Nursing program.


Facilities used for clinical experiences may include: Cuba Memorial Hospital, Elderwood, Guthrie Healthcare Hospital, Unity Hospital, FF Thompson Hospital, Highland Park Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, Jones Memorial Hospital, Noyes Memorial Hospital, Olean General Hospital, St. James Hospital, Wyoming County Community Hospital,  as well as other area facilities and community sites.

Students may be placed in day, evening, and night clinical placement, weekend and weekday rotations, and will be responsible for their own transportation.

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 BS in Nursing core 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.

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.

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

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.

Program Student Learning Outcomes - AAS

  • Patient-centered care – Acquires self-empowerment to provide holistic care to a diverse population while providing health education using learner-centered focused principles.
  • Teamwork and collaboration – Demonstrates accountability and effective interpersonal relationships with clients and members of the health care team, and works collaboratively in professional practice.
  • Evidence-based practice – 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.
  • Quality improvement – Demonstrates responsibility for continued learning and further growth.
  • Safety – Manages care for clients while evaluating own performance to improve professional practice, quality of care, and safety in a timely and cost-effective manner.
  • Informatics – Applies technology and information management skills to retrieve data, communicate, support decision making, and submit information.

           Reference: Quality and Safety Education for Nurses, 2019

Program Student Learning Outcomes - BS in Nursing

  • 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.
  • 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 commitment 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 exist in a variety of health care settings and institutions throughout New York State and the US.


NYCLEX-RN First-time Candidate Pass Rate

  2021 2022 2023
Alfred State College 70.69% (41/58) 68.00% (34/50) 88.89% (48/54)
New York State 77.72% (13,920/17,911) 73.52% (12,200/16,595) 84.39% (9,266/10,980)
National Average 77.91% (66,808/88,349) 82.80% (71,639/86,520) 88.56% (165,036/186,352)

Student Completion of the Dual Degree Nursing Program

Dual Degree (AAS/BS) Program 2019 2020 2021
Completion Rates** NA NA

45% (39/87)

Fall 2016 Cohort tracked for 5 years.  Full 1.5 times is 6 years.

**students who complete the program within 1.5 times of the length of program

Employment Statistics

Employment and continuing education rate of 100 percent - 100 percent are employed; 0 percent continued their education

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Entrance Requirements

Required: Algebra, Biology, Chemistry

Required: It is essential that students are able to fully participate, with or without a reasonable accommodation, in clinical caring for clients as assigned. 

Nursing students should be able to: 

  • Ambulate in a sufficient manner in order to appropriately and safely perform patient care.
  • Lift at least 35 pounds.
  • Function in a safe manner, not placing clients in jeopardy.
  • Maintain confidentiality in regard to professional practice.
  • Appropriately use standard medical equipment.
  • Interpret data from electronic devices in a health care setting for the purpose of client care.
  • Maintain professional composure at all times.
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing.

Required Equipment

A tier 1 laptop computer is required for students entering this degree program, as it will be needed for on-campus exams and other educational purposes.  Microsoft Office is required; internet access is required.  In addition, a handheld pocket-sized electronic device is required (i.e. smart phone) for downloading program software.  The device must have the capability to turn off both phone and camera.  Further system requirements will be sent via a newsletter in early June to newly admitted, transfer, and continuing students.  Laptop specifications are available at


Upon completion of the AAS degree portion of the dual degree program, graduates are eligible to apply for licensure. 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.

To be a licensed and registered as an RN in New York State, you must: 

  • Be of good moral character
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Graduate from a nursing education program acceptable to NYSED
  • Complete New York State required infection control coursework and child abuse reporting coursework
  • Pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX_RN) or another license examination acceptable to NYSED
  • Apply for an RN license with NYSED

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?

ACEN logoAccreditation/certification

  • Alfred State College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), 3624 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19104; 215-662-5606, The MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
  • The AAS nursing program at Alfred State College located in Alfred, NY is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30326  404-975-5000,
  • The Alfred State College BS in nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.  (ACEN), 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30326 (404) 975-5000
  • Both the AAS and BS in Nursing Programs are registered by the NYS Education Department.  


Office of Accessibility Services

Students who believe they need a reasonable accommodation to properly participate in this program may contact Melanie Ryan in the Office of Accessibility Services. This office may be contacted by email at  or by phone at 607-587-4506. Please keep in mind that some accommodations may take time to implement, so students seeking accommodations are encouraged to contact OAS as early as possible.

Dual Degree Program Nursing – AAS to BS in Nursing Degree


For the AAS Nursing courses students must earn a "C" in Nursing I (NURS 1055 and NURS 1133) and Nursing II (NURS 2055 and NURS 2133) and a "C+" in Nursing III ((NURS 3055 and 3155) and Nursing IV (NURS 4055 and NURS 4155) to progress in the nursing program.  Competency in medication clinical computation is required each semester and is tested as part of each nursing semester.

NOTE: BIOL 1404 Anatomy & Physiology I and BIOL 2504 Anatomy & Physiology II have to be completed with a "C+" and must be taken in the classroom with lab component at the same college in a face-to-face environment.  Microbiology must be taken in the classroom with lab component at the same college in a face-to-face environment.

Specific policies related to progression in the nursing program and readmission to the nursing program are publicized to enrolled nursing students in the Nursing Student Handbook.


BIOL 1404 Anatomy & Physiology I 4
COMP 1503 Writing Studies 3
PSYC 1013 General Psychology 3
SOCI 1163 General Sociology 3
GLST 2113 Global & Diverse Perspectives 3

Minimum of "C+" is required in BIOL 1404 to progress
Minimum of "C" grade is required for Nursing I


BIOL 2504 Anatomy & Physiology II 4
LITR xxx3 Literature Elective 3
PSYC 1023 Human Development 3
BIOL 1313 Nutrition 3
MATH 1123 Statistics I 3
MATH 2124 Statistical Methods & Analysis 4

Minimum of "C+" is required in BIOL 2504 to progress
Minimum of a "C" grade is required for Nursing II


NURS 1055 Nursing 1 5
BIOL 4254 General Microbiology 4
ANTH 5113 Cross-Cultural Encounters 3
NURS 1133 Nursing 1 Lab 3

BIOL 4254 is a prerequisite for NURS IV.  A minimum grade of "C+" is required for BIOL 4254.
Minimum of a "C+" grade is required for NURS 4055 and NURS 4155.


NURS 2055 Nursing II 5
NURS 2133 Nursing II Lab 3
SPCH 1083 Public Speaking 3
XXXX xxx3 Gen Ed Elective 3

A minimum of a "C" grade is required for all upper-level nursing courses


NURS 3055 Nursing III 5
NURS 3155 Nursing III Lab 5
NURS 8003 Informtcs&Tech App in Hlthcare 3
NURS 5023 Contemporary Nursing 3


NURS 4055 Nursing IV 5
NURS 4155 Nursing IV Lab 5
BIOL 6403 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
NURS 6413 Health Assmt & Promotion Acros 3

A minimum of a "C" grade in all upper-level nursing courses is required

Student is eligible to apply for licensure as a registered professional nurse (RN-NCLEX) in any state.


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

A minimum of a "C" grade for all upper-level nursing courses is required


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
NURS xxx3 Nursing Elective (Upper Level) 3
XXXX xxx3 Liberal Arts Elective (Upper Level) 3
XXXX xxx3 Liberal Arts Elective (Upper Level) 3

A minimum of a "C" grade in all upper-level nursing courses is required

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  • 63 credit hours
  • 36 credits of nursing (Nursing I, II, III, IV)
  • 12 credits of natural science (Anatomy & Physiology I and II, Microbiology)
  • Six credits of social science (General Psychology, Human Development)
  • Six credits of humanities (Freshman Composition, Effective Speaking)
  • Three credits of other world civilization (Global Perspectives)
  • A student must successfully complete all courses in the prescribed four-semester program and earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 which is equivalent to a C average.

BS in nursing degree credits

  • 124 credit hours
  • 28 credits of upper-level nursing credits (36 hours from prior AAS degree)
  • Three credits of natural science (Nutrition) (12 from prior AAS degree:  Anatomy & Physiology I and II, Microbiology)
  • Three credits of social science (General Sociology) (six from prior AAS Degree:  General Psychology, Human Development)
  • Three credits of humanities (literature elective)
  • Three credits of math (Statistics I or Statistical Methods)
  • Three credits of a general education elective in American History, Western Civilization, Foreign Arts, or Foreign Language.  From prior degree:  Basic communication.  A student must successfully complete all courses in the prescribed four-semester program and earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 which is equivalent to a C average.

Any student wishing for more information should contact the Nursing Department.