In just two years, earn an associate in applied science degree and be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN licensure exam.
Students in the Weekday option attend classes on a four-semester schedule. This option is geared toward students interested in a traditional academic schedule that offers 2 or 4-year nursing options.
The 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 fulltime study at St. Joseph’s College of Nursing (years two and three) to satisfy both the associate degree and bachelor degree requirements. This program is ideal for high school students who want a traditional college experience. Learn more
Unlike many four-year nursing programs which require two years or more of coursework before clinical experience begins, St. Joseph’s puts students at the patient’s bedside within six weeks of starting the first semester. You’ll complete up to 180 hours of clinical practice each semester with up to 225 hours in semester four. Students rotate through clinical areas, including pediatrics, medical/surgical, oncology, geriatrics and psychiatry. Our concept based curriculum includes content related to professional nursing practice, psychiatric nursing, adult medical/surgical nursing, obstetrics, and pediatrics, with nutrition and pharmacology integrated throughout. Each of these courses complements the clinical rotations. In addition, students take 27 credits in liberal arts and science courses – such as general psychology, anatomy and physiology, and nursing ethics – through our affiliate, Le Moyne College. If you need assistance understanding your academic credits and requirements, an admissions representative is available by appointment to help.
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.
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.
What makes us special?
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.
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