Undergraduate Nursing Programs

Traditional Option

About the Option
The Traditional Baccalaureate Program Option is a day program that follows a conventional semester format, meeting 5 days a week and grounded in Dominican College’s solid liberal arts tradition.  This program is open to candidates with no prior nursing background, as well as to Licensed Practical Nurses who wish to advance in the profession. You will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and with the educational and professional benefits of our liberal arts education, ready to make a solid impact on 21st-century health care.  

Summary of Requirements
The Traditional Option requires a total of 131 credits, including a minimum of 70 liberal arts credits and our 61-credit sequence of professional nursing courses. 

Liberal Arts Requirements: A firm background in liberal arts is what distinguishes the BSN from other nursing degrees, and what develops the well-rounded and nuanced perspective held by the most sensitive – and successful – professionals in the health care field. The Liberal Arts component of Dominican College’s nursing program will help you acquire the sensitivity and perspective you need, and will prepare you for our nursing curriculum by providing a strong foundation in the physical, natural and social sciences.

As part of the completion of Dominican College’s General Education Curriculum (G.E.C.), nursing students must complete two courses in Mathematics; one Introduction to Philosophy course (Discovery of Reason, God & the Medieval Mind, or Discovery of Freedom); Anatomy and Physiology I & II; Chemistry; Biochemistry; Microbiology; and Pathophysiology.

In addition, 15 semester hours in the Social Sciences are required, including General Psychology 102: Social Bases of Human Behavior; Developmental Psychology I and II; and one course in Sociology. 

Nursing Requirements: Whatever area of professional nursing you choose, Dominican College’s 61-credit undergraduate Nursing curriculum provides you with the knowledge and practice you need to excel. Our professional courses combine academic lecture and clinical laboratory experience, engaging you in intense academic study and in hands-on learning that stresses critical thinking, decision-making, and interpersonal communication with clients and their families.  Courses include Nursing Transitions; Introduction to Professional Nursing I and II; Pharmacologic Agents; Professional Practice Concepts; Principles of Health Assessment; Nursing Research; Parent-Child Nursing; Adult Nursing I and II; Family Health Nursing; Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing; Community Health Nursing; Nursing Leadership/Management; and a Nursing Seminar that focuses on professional development. 
 
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Accelerated Option

About the Option
The Dominican College Division of Nursing offers a baccalaureate nursing curriculum that combines classroom and laboratory instruction with up-to-date clinical experience in a wide variety of health care settings. The nursing program is approved by the New York State Education Department and fully accredited by the Office of the Professions and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The College mission of leadership, excellence, and service supports a nursing program that integrates high patient care standards with nursing scholarship.

Summary of Requirements
The 12-month Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) Weekday Option is available for applicants who hold a baccalaureate degree in another discipline. The 58-credit curriculum includes all the components of the Traditional Nursing Option in an accelerated, back-to-back trimester format. Faculty are credentialed in their areas of expertise and experienced nurse educators. The full time, weekday schedule calls for students with motivation and dedication to their academics. The ABSN Option begins each May; all graduates are eligible to take the state licensing examination (NCLEX).

Prerequisites
The 11 prerequisites for the ABSN Option are Sociology, General Psychology, Development Psychology I & II, Chemistry I, Biochemistry, Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Microbiology, Pathophysiology, and Statistics. English and Mathematics Placement Tests are prescribed by the Office of Admissions. All social science, science, mathematics prerequisites, and placement tests must be completed prior to starting the nursing program. A C+ minimum is required for all science prerequisites.

Admission to Dominican College and the ABSN Option
Candidates send their official transcripts to the Office of Admissions and complete an application to Dominican College. Admission to the ABSN Option is a separate process conducted by the Nursing Division. Criteria for admission include a minimum baccalaureate GPA of 2.7, completion and documentation of all prerequisites and placement tests, and the space available. It is recommended that applications be submitted by November 1st before the next ABSN Option begins.

For further written information, contact
Dr. Bonnie DeSimone, EdD, RN, B-C
Professor of Nursing
Coordinator of the ABSN Weekday Option
845 848-6028
bonnie.desimone@dc.edu 

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Weekend Accelerated Option

About the Option
The Weekend Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (WABSN) Option is a 24-month program that takes place on the weekends, enabling you to achieve a BSN in only two years with the option of working full-time during the week.  This program takes place in an accelerated, back-to back six trimester format that begins each May, and is designed for those who already hold a baccalaureate or higher degree in another discipline. If you already hold a bachelor’s degree and you seek a nursing program that offers educational and professional excellence with the flexibility of a weekend schedule, our Weekend Accelerated Option will fulfill your ambitions.

Summary of Requirements
The WABSN curriculum consists of 58 credits of nursing courses that provide you with the advanced knowledge and professional training you need to excel in any area. Our professional courses combine academic lecture and clinical laboratory experience, engaging you in intense academic study and in hands-on learning that stresses critical thinking, decision-making, and interpersonal communication with clients and their families.  Courses include Introduction to Professional Nursing I and II; Pharmacologic Agents; Professional Practice Concepts; Principles of Health Assessment; Nursing Research; Parent-Child Nursing; Adult Nursing I and II; Family Health Nursing; Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing; Community Health Nursing; Nursing Leadership/Management; and a Nursing Seminar that focuses on professional development. All science and social science prerequisites are completed prior to beginning nursing courses.  

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Wednesday Accelerated RN to BS Option

About the Option
The Wednesday Accelerated RN to BSN option provides a unique opportunity for RNs who are employed full-time to obtain a BSN within a workable time frame.  Nursing classes are held on Wednesday day or evening schedules, and are sequenced within an eighteen-month period with the summer off.  Arts and sciences requirements may be fulfilled within an accelerated evening or weekend schedule.  

Summary of Requirements
The nursing curriculum consists of award of 33- 36 credits on admission and an additional 25-28 credits of nursing courses taken to complete the 58 credit requirement. The Wednesday Accelerated program offers courses that will build on your prior education and your experience as an RN, allowing you to achieve a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in less than two years. The curriculum you will follow combines academic lecture and clinical laboratory experience, engaging you in intense academic study and in hands-on learning that stresses critical thinking, decision-making, and interpersonal communication with clients and their families.  Your studies at Dominican College will include the following courses: Pathophysiology; Principles of Health Assessment; Professional Practice Concepts; Family Health Nursing; Nursing Research; Community Health Nursing; Nursing Leadership/Management and a Nursing Seminar that focuses on professional development. Transcripts from previous colleges and universities are reviewed and from 70 to 90 credits may be transferred for previous coursework. 

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