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SUNY Canton’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing Gains Accreditation

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

SUNY Canton’s online Bachelor of Science in Nursing program recently earned its initial five-year accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

The announcement was a result of a successful site visit by ACEN accreditors in February. The program was previously operating under ACEN candidacy status since its creation in 2009.


“The accreditation reaffirms that our program is the right choice for our students,” said Nursing Professor and Program Director Debra M. Backus, Ph.D. “We have an ideal learning environment for employed nurses looking to advance their education.”

Backus said the program is still accepting students for the fall 2014 semester. Those interested should contact SUNY Canton’s Office of admissions at 315-386-7123 or email

The online program creates a flexible learning environment that adapts to the lifestyle of working students. Graduates of the program have enhanced career opportunities and are often enrolled to seek higher-paid positions in their field. Almost all of the program’s graduates are pursuing master’s degrees, according to Nursing Professor Peggy LaFrance.

“Students are very impressed with the connections they make with our faculty members,” LaFrance said. “Their interactions help them gain insight into the larger perspective of the health care field.”

The program offers open enrollment for students who posses a valid United States nursing license and have earned an associate degree in nursing. Some of the students are nurses working at area hospitals including Canton-Potsdam Hospital, Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center, Gouverneur Hospital, Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley, Massena Memorial Hospital and Samaritan Medical Center. Another substantial population of students are from New York City and Long Island Hospitals.

The program was created in 2009 as one of a very few fully online two into four-year Nursing programs. In about four years it quadrupled its student enrollment and was recently ranked among the most affordable programs in the nation by SR Education group, an organization advocating for accessible higher education.

In addition to the Bachelor of Science Nursing program, SUNY Canton offers a one-year Practical Nursing certificate program and a two-year Associate of Applied Science Nursing program. Students who graduate from the two-year program often start their careers and begin working on their four-year degree.

The ACEN supports the interests of nursing education, nursing practice and the public by providing a voluntary, self-regulatory process by which non-governmental associations recognize educational institutions or programs that have been found to meet or exceed standards and criteria for educational quality.


About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.


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Criminal Justice Students Steal Top Honors

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Eight SUNY Canton criminal investigation students have uncovered new evidence that their efforts lead to success.

The students, who are members of SUNY Canton’s Beta Psi Delta club, the College’s chapter of the American Criminal Justice Association, took their first trip to the Association’s National Conference, held March 20-25 at the Memphis Marriott East Hotel in Memphis, Tenn. By the end of the event, the team had earned four top-three finishes.


Pictured are (l to r) Thomas J. Stafford of Malone, Armin Muheljic of Utica, Brian K. Harte, SUNY Canton assistant professor of criminal justice, Steve A. Tuttle of Cicero, Elizabeth S. Ayers of Ithaca, and Donald C. Milos II of Poestenkill.

“SUNY Canton is extremely proud of our students and how well they represented the College on the national stage,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “Between earning 12 trophies at last October’s Regional competition and their successes in Memphis, they have put SUNY Canton on the map as one of the strongest criminal justice programs in the country.”

Donald C. Milos II of Poestenkill, highlighted the event for the team as he placed first in the Police Management-Lower Division exam. His efforts in the Criminal Law-Lower Division exam earned him a second place finish.

Senior Elizabeth S. Ayers of Ithaca, finished second in the Corrections-Upper Division category while classmate Thomas J. Stafford of Malone, took third place in the Juvenile Justice-Upper Division exam.

Five others competed at Nationals including Beta Psi Delta President and senior Andrew C. Wood of Hermon, classmates Josh T. Burgert of Canandaigua, and Armin Muheljic of Utica, as well as junior Matthew R. Kraeger of Port Leyden, and sophomore Steve A. Tuttle of Cicero, who were all instrumental in the team’s successes.

“We are humbled to have earned academic honors for SUNY Canton while competing against 75 of the top programs in the nation,” said Brian K. Harte, assistant professor of criminal justice and club advisor. “The criminal justice department’s faculty members strive to promote excellence and scholarship. Placing nationally at this competition is a testament to how strong our criminal justice programs truly are.”

Harte noted the time commitment and energy needed for the students to be so successful at the National level. “Our students devoted many extra hours of study time outside of classes to prepare for this competition,” he said. “They helped gather sponsorships and secure funding that made it possible for us to compete. Their commitment to the College, their team, and their respective course of study makes me even prouder of their accomplishments at both the regional and national levels.”

The Student Cooperative Alliance and the SUNY Canton College Foundation assisted financially in getting the team to Memphis. Local businesses also played a critical role in sponsoring the students, including Eben’s Hearth, SeaComm Federal Credit Union, The Tick-Tock, Computer Guys, McClelland Agronomic Services, and Sergi’s. “Without their support, this trip simply would not have been possible,” Harte said.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

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Sign up for New York Alert through UCanWeb

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

SUNY Canton has reopened enrollment in the New York Alert emergency notification system for the Fall 2010 semester.

The NY-Alert system allows College officials to rapidly send out notifications to students, faculty, and staff through phone calls, email, and text message. If there is an emergency on campus, the College will be using this system as a way to relay potentially life-saving information and instructions.

The College will conduct a test of the system later in the semester.

The NY Alert program is completely voluntary for students, faculty, and staff. Members who want to receive the alert messages and instructions can sign up via SUNY Canton’s UCanWeb application.

Go there now by clicking You will be prompted to enroll, decline, or edit contact information upon the first log in. For more details and precise instructions on how to use the registration form in UCanWeb, please visit:

The State University of New York and SUNY Canton value your privacy. Your information is confidential within the NY-Alert System. The system is completely voluntary but strongly encouraged. Registrants can change their enrollment status at any time by logging into UCanWeb. SUNY Canton joined the SUNY NY-Alert System as part of the statewide emergency notification initiative.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

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Traditional Dance

Friday, November 30th, 2007

A Native American dancer spun and danced across the stage of the Kingston Theater, mesmerizing throngs of SUNY Canton students with his flawless performance. Larry Yazzie, an international lecturer, educator, performer, and a world-champion fancy dancer recently visited SUNY Canton for an educational performance, part of the college’s fall line up of student activities. His show balanced entertainment with education and features the high-energy traditional dance. He even brought students up on stage to join in the experience.

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SUNY Canton Calls for Distinguished Citizen Nominations

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

SUNY Canton is seeking nominations for the highly-revered Distinguished Citizen Award.

The award is decided upon by the College Council at their March 2008 meeting. The award will be presented to the deserving recipient (or recipients) at the college’s 100th commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 17, 2008.

The college gives this prestigious award in recognition of exceptional and distinguished service to the College, to the community, to the State, or to the nation. Past recipients include: philanthropists Allan P. and Catherine B. Newell; Edward S. Mucenski of Pinto, Mucenski and Watson P.C. in Potsdam; President Emeritus Earl W. MacArthur; and former state assemblywoman Chloe Ann O’Neil. Every recipient’s name is proudly displayed on a plaque in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center.

Written nominations must be submitted no later than February 1, 2008. Minimally, the nominations should include the name, position or title, a description, and a brief biography of the nominee. At least three letters of support from non-family members should accompany the nomination. Please submit all nominations to Wesley L. Stitt, College Council Chairman, SUNY Canton, 34 Cornell Drive, Canton, NY 13617.

For more information, contact Stacey L. Basford, Assistant to the President, at (315) 386-7204 or email


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