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DDNP - Program Description

Students In This Program

  • Integrate theory from nursing, humanities, and biological and social sciences to transform the associate degree Registered Nurse to the baccalaureate prepared Registered Nurse.
  • Facilitate the development of nurse leaders capable of assuming influential roles in the positive, transformation of individuals, groups, and the healthcare system.
  • Promote the development of critical thinking and reflection through the synthesis of theoretical, research-oriented, evidence-based practice.
  • Transform students from the role of associate degree prepared to baccalaureate prepared nurses through the mentoring relationship.

Career Opportunities

  • Public and Community Health
  • Armed Services and Veterans Administration
  • Entry level nursing management
  • Acute, long-term, and specialty nursing units

Accreditations

  • Registered by the NYS Education Department, Office of the Professions.
    State Education Department
    The University of the State of New York
    Division of Professional Education
    Professional Education Program Review
    Education Building
    89 Washington Avenue
    2nd Floor, West Wing
    Albany, NY 1223
    Email: OPPROGS@MAIL.NYSED.GOV
    Phone: (518) 474-3817 ext. 360

Admission Requirements


PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (Curriculum 32770)

Full-Time Status

Semester I Credits

BIOL 217 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
ENGL 101 Composition and the Spoken Word 3
PSYC 101 Intro to Psychology 3
MATH 111
MATH 121
Survey of Math OR
College Algebra (GER 1)
3
SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
TOTAL CREDITS 16

Semester II Credits

BIOL 218 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
PSYC 220
PSYC 225
Child Development OR
Human Development
3
MATH 141 Statistics 3
  Liberal Arts Elective (GER 4, 5, 6, 7, 8) 3
  Liberal Arts Elective (GER 4, 5, 6, 7, 8) 3
TOTAL CREDITS 16

Semester III Credits

BIOL 209 Microbiology 4
NURS 101 Nursing Fundamentals 6
NURS 103 Pharmacology 1
NURS 105 Nursing Seminar 1
  Liberal Arts Elective (GER 4, 5, 6, 7, 8) 3
TOTAL CREDITS 16

Semester IV Credits

NURS 106 Maternal Child Nursing 4.5
NURS 107 Mental Health Nursing 4.5
NURS 104 Pharmacology 1
BIOL 391 Pathophysiology 3
  Liberal Arts Elective (GER 4, 5, 6, 7, 8) 3
TOTAL CREDITS 16

Semester V Credits

NURS 200 Pharmacology 1
NURS 201 Medical Surgical Nursing I 10
BIOL 310 The Genome 3
  Liberal Arts Elective (GER 4, 5, 6, 7, 8) 3
TOTAL CREDITS 17

Semester VI Credits

NURS 202 Medical Surgical Nursing II 3
NURS 203 Professional Issues & Trends in Nursing 3
NURS 204 Pharmacology 1
  Liberal Arts Elective (GER 4, 5, 6, 7, 8) 3
TOTAL CREDITS 15

Semester VII Credits

NURS 300 Conceptual Frameworks 3
NURS 303 Health Assessment 3
NURS 304 Health Promotion and Restoration 4
NURS 370 Research Methods in the Health Sciences 3
  U/L Liberal Arts Elective (GER) 3
TOTAL CREDITS 16

Semester VIII Credits

NURS 302 Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Care 3
NURS 400 Nursing Management and Leadership** 3
NURS 402 Community Health Nursing 4
NURS 403 Transcultural Nursing 2
  U/L Liberal Arts Elective 3
TOTAL CREDITS 15

Graduation Requirements: Total Semester Hours – 126 credits with minimum 2.0 GPA

*A grade of “C+” or better is required for successful completion of all Nursing courses and a “C” or better in all co-requisite courses.

Successful completion of all co-requisite courses and a minimum semester GPA of 2.0 is required to continue in the program. This requirement is different from that of the college in order to help insure that the student is adequately prepared to enter the nursing profession, increase likelihood of success on the NCLEX-RN test, and enhance the ability of the student to transfer credit to another college.

Once enrolled in NURS 101, students must complete the program within five years. For extraordinary circumstances, permission to complete the program beyond five years must be granted by the Dean of the School of Science, Health, and Criminal Justice in consultation with the Nursing Department Director.

Of the four pre-licensure clinical nursing courses (NURS 101, 106, 107, 201, 202) only one course may be repeated one time. Examples of interpretation of this rule follow:

  • A student does not obtain the final required grade of “C+” or better in NURS 101 and repeats the course. That student will not be allowed to continue in the program if he/she needs to subsequently repeat NURS 101, 106, 107, 201, or 202.
  • A student successfully completes NURS 101 on the first attempt, but does not get the required grade of “C+” in NURS 106 or NURS 107 and repeats the course. That student will not be allowed to continue in the program if he/she needs to subsequently repeat NURS 106, 107, 201, or 202.
  • A student successfully completes NURS 101, NURS 106 and NURS 107 on the first attempt, but does not get the required grade of “C+” in NURS 201 and repeats the course. That student will not be allowed to continue in the program if he/she needs to subsequently repeat NURS 201 or 202.
  • A student successfully completes NURS 101, 106, 107, and 201 on the first attempt, but does not get the required grade of “C+” in NURS 202 and repeats the course. That student will not be allowed to continue in the program if he/she needs to subsequently repeat NURS 202.

** CPR certification (American Heart Association for Health Care Professionals - BLS for Adults, Infant, and Child or Red Cross certification (Professional Rescuer Course) is required for NURS 101, 106, 107, 201, and 202.

** Students will complete clinical experiences in hospitals, long-term care facilities, and community agencies throughout Northern New York. Clinical hours may include day, evenings, and weekends. The college does not provide transportation to the clinical agencies.

** The New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions requires persons applying for licensure to answer questions related to criminal convictions and/or professional misconduct.

** In order to be eligible to take RN boards (NCLEX exam), you must have the required educational background and be of good moral character. Persons charged with or convicted of a crime (felony or misdemeanor) in any state or country, or who have committed an act which raises a reasonable question as to the applicant's moral character (e.g., professional misconduct, unprofessional conduct, incompetence or negligence, or the termination of professional training, employment or privilege or voluntary/involuntary leaving to avoid termination by any hospital or licensed facility) shall be referred to the executive director of the Office of Professional Discipline or his/ her designee. This is a lengthy process and the applicant is responsible for his/her own legal fees. A person concerned with his/her eligibility is advised to initiate the process well before graduation. (Source: New York State Licensing Application Packet published by the New York State Education Department, Office of Professions).

  • NOTE: *** Students must take seven out of ten General Education Requirements (GER), no fewer than 30 credits in the approved SUNY GER courses in the categories of Basic Communication and Mathematics, and in at least 5 of the following 8 categories: Natural Science, Social Science, American History, Western Civilization, Other World Civilizations, Humanities, the Arts and Foreign Languages.
  • Upper division credits must be a minimum of 45 upper division credits with 24 upper division credits in the nursing major.

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