Earn a nursing degree without giving up your weekday job.
The Evening/Weekend Option is perfect for students who want to change careers and/or earn a full-time salary while pursuing a degree in nursing.
Typical Evening/Weekend Schedule
Evening/Weekend Option classes are offered every Wednesday evening and every-other-weekend on Friday afternoons 4pm-8pm, Saturday 7am-7pm, Sunday 7am-7pm throughout the year for 18 months. Some additional weekday hours are necessary throughout the program to complete curricular requirements. Hours may vary slightly.
Liberal Arts & Science Course Requirements
To earn your degree, you must complete courses in the liberal arts and sciences, preferably prior to your enrollment in the Evening/Weekend Option.
You may qualify to receive credit for similar courses taken at other colleges or universities. Contact the Office of Admissions at (315) 448-5040 for more information.*
*Courses taken at other regionally accredited colleges or universities must be similar in content and credit with a grade of “C” (2.0) to be awarded transfer credit. Science courses must have been completed within seven years prior to acceptance for transfer credit. Challenge exams may be possible and will be determined on an individual basis.
A Reputation for Excellence
At St. Joseph’s, you’ll join an outstanding and distinguished health care network. A 15-time winner of the National Research Corp. Consumer Choice #1 Award, St. Joseph’s also is the recipient of the HealthGrades® 2014 Cardiac Care Excellence and Cardiac Surgery Excellence Awards. St. Joseph's Nursing Excellence Recognized with Prestigious Magnet Recognition by the American Nurses Credentialing Centers (ANCC), and the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses: Beacon Award "Gold level" for excellence in critical care nursing for the Surgical Intensive Care Unit (2014). The clinical learning and simulation labs are equipped with 8 state of the art high fidelity simulators housed within replicated patient rooms. This setting allows students to practice in a realistic hospital environment. Classrooms have modern equipment including touch screen displays, high definition monitors, and interactive white board technology. The Library and Computer Learning Center has 45 computers, contains nearly 3000 print books and over 1200 electronic books on nursing, medical, and allied health topics. Additionally, the library subscribes to over 1200 electronic professional journals and newsletters, 49 print journals, and 12 databases for scholarly and evidence based research.
An Accessible and Affordable Education
We believe that any student who is accepted and wants to attend St. Joseph’s belongs here, so we work hard to make our college affordable. Our financial aid staff works with students to apply for federal and state aid, student loans and scholarships. You can also earn money and gain professional experience by working as a student nursing assistant at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center (students who successfully complete the first nursing course may apply). St. Joseph’s faculty and staff give students personal attention and support, and the results show. Our graduates consistently score above the state and national average on the national RN licensing exam and easily find employment. Click here for more information on Financial aid
Join a distinguished group of professional nurses
What makes us special?
- Direct patient care experience after just six weeks
- A nursing degree for the price of one year in a public college
- Affiliation with a nationally recognized health care network
- Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
- Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education
- RN licensing exam pass rate above state and national averages
- Excellent preparation for a career that enjoys a high degree of job placement
As a St. Joseph’s College of Nursing graduate, you’ll belong to a prestigious group of nurses who are distinguished by their compassion and expertise in science, health care, counseling, technology and communication. In just two years, you can earn an associate in applied science degree with a major in nursing and be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN licensure exam. If you choose to further your education, St. Joseph’s graduates are given consideration for transfer to one of several colleges offering a BS in nursing. Our classes are small, our instructors are generous with their time and attention, and you’ll start working with patients just six weeks into the first semester. The advantages of a St. Joseph’s education continue after you graduate. Our alumni go on to pursue rewarding careers in a variety of settings — some around the world and many of them right here at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center.