Dual Degree Nursing Program (DDNP)

The Dual Degree Nursing Program (DDNP) combines general education courses and nursing courses that allow students to complete their baccalaureate education in four years and be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN (RN licensing exam) in three years. After three years of full-time study, graduates earn an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree in nursing and are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN licensing examination to become Registered Nurses (RN). The fourth year is online for those who have obtained their RN license and have graduated with an AAS degree in nursing from SUNY Canton. The final year is career oriented so that students may work as RNs and attend school online to complete their degree.

Program Highlights

  • Career oriented
  • Obtain eligibility to be a Registered Professional Nurse
  • Develop critical thinking and professional behaviors
  • Become competent in nursing skills
  • Participate in clinical practicums and the skills laboratory

Students in this Major:

  • Utilize the nursing process, think critically, and base client care on evidence based practice.
  • Engage in active learning.
  • Develop personally and professionally.
  • Upon meeting the requirements for graduation, are eligible to sit for the licensing examination to become Registered Professional Nurses.


The Dual Degree nursing program at the Margaret J Sovie School of Nursing at the SUNY College of Technology located in Canton New York is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) with Continuing Accreditation.

  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
    3390 Peachtree Road, Suite 1400
    Atlanta, Georgia 30326
  • Registered by the NYS Education Department, Office of the Professions.
    State Education Building - 2nd Floor
    Albany, NY 12234
    Phone: 518-474-3817

NC-SARA: Mandatory Professional Licensure Disclosure

New York State takes pride in the high quality of its licensed and certified professionals.  For the protection of its citizens, each license and certificate has requirements that individuals must meet in order to be licensed or certified in New York State. SUNY’s academic programs leading to licensure or certification are carefully designed to meet and exceed these State requirements. This is a role SUNY plays in protecting the public. Other states frequently have their own requirements, so if your goal is to practice in another state, this disclosure will help you check to see what that state requires.

Per U.S. Federal Regulations, §668.43 (2019 Rule), and in compliance with the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA) Manual version 19.2, SUNY Canton provides the following disclosure related to the educational requirements for professional licensure and certification.

Career Outlook:

  • Nursing is the largest health care occupation.
  • There is increasing diversity in nursing employment, and projections indicate large numbers of new jobs.

Employers Of SUNY Canton Graduates:

  • Hospitals and physicians’ offices
  • Home healthcare services
  • Nursing care facilities
  • Correctional facilities
  • Schools
  • Military service

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Eyes on the Future

From the first graduating class to the present, our graduates have been employed or continuing their education within six months of graduation.

Placement Rates

Employment statistics are from the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2020-2030 Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Employment Outlook for Nursing

This program was created in part to help meet the demand for more advanced trained nurses amidst a nation-wide professional health care shortage. Employment of registered nurses is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through 2020 according to the Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. Registered nurses are projected to generate 587,000 new jobs, among the largest number of new jobs for any occupation.

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