The Dual Degree Partnership in Nursing (DDPN) represents a unique articulation agreement between Le Moyne College and St. Joseph’s College of Nursing. The 1+2+1 DDPN requires two years of full-time study at Le Moyne College (years one and four) and two years of full-time study at St. Joseph’s College of Nursing (years two and three) to satisfy both the associate degree and bachelor degree requirements.
The innovative DDPN allows high school students to earn both associate’s and bachelor’s degrees in nursing in the same amount of time it typically takes to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
DDPN students are enrolled at Le Moyne for all four years, but are jointly enrolled at St. Joseph’s during Years 2 and 3. Students attend Le Moyne College full time in Year 1, taking core liberal arts and science courses and adjusting to the rigors of college academics. They put their classroom learning into practice during Year 2 when they begin nursing courses and begin direct patient care at St. Joseph’s College of Nursing. Students continue taking nursing courses at St. Joseph’s for Year 3, graduate, and then take the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX). They return full time to Le Moyne College in Year 4 to complete the bachelor’s degree program requirements.
*To progress into the nursing curriculum for Year 2 of the DDPN, students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 and a minimum grade of “C” (2.0) or better from a regionally accredited college or university in required coursework that must be completed during Year 1.
DDPN students live on the Le Moyne campus for all four years. There, they may enjoy an array of social and cultural events, such as concerts, films, lectures, club meetings and more. Only three miles separate Le Moyne from St. Joseph’s College of Nursing, giving students in Years 2 and 3 easy access between campuses.
DDPN students may participate in club and intramural sports at Le Moyne College. They also have full use of Le Moyne’s recreation center—a modern facility with a swimming pool, fitness center, weight room, elevated jogging track, racquetball courts and more.
St. Joseph’s College of Nursing integrates direct patient care experience into every aspect of the curriculum. Students may also practice their skills in St. Joseph’s state-of-the-art simulation lab. Because they gain so much direct patient care experience, graduates enjoy plentiful job opportunities, including those at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center.
The DDPN offers several options to help students make a smooth transition from high school to college, including:
Apply using a Le Moyne College or common application. Applicants are required to submit the following to Le Moyne College:
A tour of each campus is strongly recommended.
Admission to the DDPN is highly competitive. For early action decisions, students must submit their application and supporting documentation to Le Moyne College by Nov. 15. Notification of early action decisions begins Dec. 15. Students should submit their application and supporting documentation to Le Moyne College by Feb. 1 for regular admission. Regular admission candidates will be notified on a rolling basis. A joint admission committee consisting of representatives from both colleges meets to review applications and make admission decisions. Le Moyne College will issue one decision letter on behalf of Le Moyne College and St. Joseph’s College of Nursing.
Those candidates who are accepted into the DDPN option are directly accepted into nursing and do not “apply into” nursing as a major at any point.
The cost of earning two degrees through the DDPN is actually less expensive than earning a traditional bachelor’s degree from a private, four-year college. The financial aid offices at each college help students and their families apply for a variety of federal and state aid, student loans and scholarships.
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