St. Joseph's College of Nursing offers both weekday and evening/weekend options for an Associate in Applied Science degree with a major in nursing. The Dual Degree Partnership in Nursing (DDPN) with Le Moyne College allows students to achieve both an associate's and a bachelor's degree in four years. The Accelerated Dual Degree Partnership in Nursing (A-DDPN) option with Le Moyne College allows students who already have a bachelor's degree in another field to earn both an Associate's Degree and Bachelor's Degree in 18 months.
A graduate of St. Joseph's College of Nursing will be eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), and if successful be licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN) in his or her state.
Students in the weekday option attend classes on a four-semester schedule. This option is geared toward students interested in an academic schedule that offers 2 or 4-year nursing options.
Dual Degree Partnership in Nursing (DDPN)
The DDPN represents a partnership agreement between Le Moyne College and St. Joseph's College of Nursing. The DDPN requires two years of full-time study at Le Moyne College and two years of full-time study at St. Joseph's College of 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. Nursing courses and direct patient care at St. Joseph's College of Nursing begins in year 2. Students continue taking nursing courses at St. Joseph's for Year 3. After graduation, students take the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX). Students then return full time to Le Moyne College in year 4 to complete the bachelor's degree program requirements.
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.
Accelerated Dual Degree Partnership in Nursing (A-DDPN)
This 18-month program is for candidates with a bachelor's (BA or BS) degree in another field who are looking for a fast-track path to a career as a Registered Nurse. The A-DDPN program of study awards both an associate's degree from St. Joseph's College of Nursing and a bachelor's degree in nursing from Le Moyne College.
Students who are a part of the A-DDPN option divide their classroom time between St. Joseph's College of Nursing and Le Moyne College. Simultaneously, students attend BS-level nursing classes during the week at Le Moyne College. Earning the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree from St. Joseph's College of Nursing allows students to qualify for the NCLEX-RN examination (National Council Licensure Examination) and professional Registered Nursing (RN) licensure.
Admission Criteria (not all inclusive)
- Bachelor's degree (BA or BS) in another discipline from an accredited school
- Preferred 3.0 GPA
- Pre-requisite courses overall GPA of 3.0 or better
- Personal interview
Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science (RN to BS)
Students who earn an associate's degree from St. Joseph's are eligible to transfer and complete a bachelor's degree at any of the following institutions.
- Le Moyne College in Syracuse
- Nazareth College and St. John Fisher College in Rochester
- State University of New York (SUNY) Institute of Technology in Utica
- SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse
- Utica College in Utica
- Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona
Students earn an associate in applied science degree with a major in nursing at St. Joseph's College of Nursing then are eligible to sit for the national licensing exam. The program is designed to allow for students to transfer to a bachelor's degree program at one of several colleges listed above.
Minimum Academic Requirements (not all inclusive)
- High school diploma or equivalent GED/TASC
- Algebra, biology, and chemistry at a high school or college level (New York State regents preferred)
- Rank in the upper half of HS graduating class
- SAT and/or ACT score (recent high school graduates or high school senior)
- HS applicants strongly encouraged to complete 4 years of science/math coursework at the Regents level where applicable
Nursing programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
St. Joseph's College of Nursing is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
Rankings, Recognitions, and Awards
- #215 Catholic School (out of 246; top 90%) in the USA
- #18 Catholic School in New York
US News & World Report ranked St. Joseph's College of Nursing #201 (tie) in Best Nursing Schools: Master's (2019).
St. Joseph's College of Nursing has earned the National League for Nursing's designation as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education for 2016-2019.
St. Joseph's College is a 15-time winner of the National Research Corporation Consumer Choice #1 award.
St. Joseph's has earned Magnet recognition by the American Nurses Credentialing Centers (ANCC).