Nursing - Undergraduate

Associate Professor(s): Barbara M. Carranti
Assistant Professor(s): Virginia Cronin
Professor Emeritus: Susan B. Bastable
Professor(s) of Practice: Kara Keyes
Adjunct(s): Martha Alberti, Helen C. Clancy, Kristin A. Evans, Kattiria "Kathy" Gonzalez, Brooke A. Levandowski, Maria A. MacPherson, Eleanor Price McLees, Gina M. Myers, Scott Peterson, Rhonda L. Reader, Megan Wolfe

Clinical Coordinator: Kattiria "Kathy" Gonzalez

As the fastest growing field in health care, nursing offers exciting, rewarding, and challenging career options. The bachelor’s of science degree program of study in nursing is state approved and nationally accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and prepares nurses to function as generalists in practice when assuming the many excellent and ever-expanding employment opportunities available nationwide.

Academic Criteria for Undergraduate Nursing Students

  1. A grade of C or better must be earned in each nursing course and in courses supporting the nursing major (MTH 110 or MTH 111, BSC 345 and BSC 435) to progress in the undergraduate program of study. Withdrawal from a course for academic reasons will count as having taken the course and being unsuccessful in it. Only two courses can be repeated and a course can be repeated only once.
  2. Nursing courses from previous college course work with a grade of C and taken within 10 years prior to the date of matriculation will be considered for transfer credit to meet upper-division BS degree program requirements with the approval of equivalency by the course instructor. Courses taken more than 10 years prior to matriculation may be considered for transfer credit only with approval by the course instructor and department chair if justification of equivalency can be documented, such as the student has significant practice experience relevant to the major content of the course(s).
  3. Successful completion of the service learning hours and clinical hour requirements must be achieved to successfully pass courses with service learning and clinical components.
  4. A student not yet licensed as an R.N. but eligible for NYS registered nurse licensure may be conditionally accepted into the B.S. degree program, pending successful completion of the State Board exam (NCLEX) no later than the end of the first semester of matriculation. If the student is not successful at passing the licensing exam by that time, s/he must take a leave of absence from the program until R.N. licensure is granted. Students seeking endorsement for NY State licensure must have proof in hand before the beginning of the second semester of study. All students must maintain an unencumbered license while enrolled.
  5. Undergraduate students who do not possess RN licensure prior to enrollment in clinical courses (NSG 410: Managements and Leadership and NSG 440: Community Health Nursing) must communicate their intention to the professor before the first day of class as to when they plan to take the NCLEX-RN. It is possible for a student without an RN license to participate in an observational clinical experience in NSG 410 prior to licensure as long as they are eligible for the NCLEX-RN. Students may not enroll in NSG 440 until they produce a valid RN license.
  6. A DDPN student who is unsuccessful in one or more courses at St. Joseph's College of Nursing must meet with their Le Moyne adviser to revise their plan of study, which will likely result in extending their academic program of study beyond the original anticipated date of graduation.
  7. Every student, prior to registering for clinical courses, must be in compliance with the current health requirements of Le Moyne College and of each institution and agency in which they practice for the purpose of fulfilling the clinical component of their course work. Health requirements are subject to change. Students will be blocked from course registration until proof of health clearance has been provided.
  8. Every student is expected to display professional behavior in the classroom, laboratory, clinical, and service learning setting according to the nursing standards and ethical codes of conduct of the American Nurses Association (see Behavioral Probation policy below).
  9. Each student must be able to meet the basic technical standards of performance necessary for the practice of nursing (provided at the time of application and published below and in the Department of Nursing’s Student Handbook) for admission and progression in the program of study.
  10. A part-time student in the upper-division B.S. degree program is expected to complete the program of study within six years of matriculation.

Behavioral Probation

The hallmarks of a nursing professional are to exhibit at all times the behaviors that represent the practice standards and norms of ethical conduct expected of undergraduate nursing students. A violation of these expected behaviors may result in a decision by the Chair of Nursing and the Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies, in conjunction with the Academic Standards Committee (ASC) of the Department of Nursing, to place a student on behavioral probation for a minimum of at least one semester. Procedures may be found in the Department of Nursing Student Handbook.

In conjunction with the American Nurses Association’s Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretative Statements (2001), examples of professional behaviors include, but are not limited to, demonstrating the following:

  • caring, sensitivity, compassion, tact, integrity, and tolerance towards others
  • written, verbal, and nonverbal communication that conveys respect for clients, self, peers, and faculty
  • responsibility and accountability for all actions, including timeliness to classroom, laboratory, and clinical experiences as well as prompt reporting to meetings with administrators, faculty, advisors, and preceptors
  • appropriate use of technology to maintain client privacy and confidentiality of medical information and to avoid disruptions in learning environments (class, lab, and clinical) as well as in meetings with students, faculty, staff, and colleagues, and to project a professional image on social media venues
  • appearance and conduct that conveys professional demeanor and adheres to institutional policies and procedures
  • remaining free of chemical dependency or substance abuse in classroom, laboratory, and clinical settings

Technical Standards for B.S. Degree in Nursing

The Nursing department’s curriculum is designed to provide the general education necessary for the practice of nursing at the baccalaureate level of preparation. Students build on the fundamental principles of nursing, acquire skills of critical judgment based on education and experience, and develop an ability to use principles and skills wisely in decision making and problem solving pertaining to the delivery of high quality nursing services. Students in the program of nursing are expected to fulfill the following technical standards:

  • Acquire information from demonstrations and experiences in the basic and applied sciences, including but not limited to information conveyed through lecture, group seminar, small group activities and physical demonstrations.
  • Acquire information from written documents and computer-information systems (including literature searches and data retrieval), and identify information presented in images from paper, videos, transparencies and slides.
  • Use and interpret information from diagnostic maneuvers (e.g. sphygmomanometer, otoscope, ophthalmoscope, etc.), and other diagnostic representations of physiological phenomena during the course of conducting a comprehensive physical assessment of a client.
  • Accurately elicit information, including a medical history and other information, required to adequately and effectively assess and evaluate a client’s condition.
  • Synthesize information to develop a plan of care.
  • Problem solve and think critically to judge which theory and/or strategy of assessment and intervention is most appropriate.
  • Use intellectual ability, exercise proper judgment, and timely and accurately complete responsibilities attendant to the delivery of care to clients.
  • Maintain effective, mature, and sensitive relationships with clients, students, faculty, staff and other professionals under all circumstances.
  • Perform specific procedures and interventions (e.g. basic life support techniques) sufficient to provide safe and effective nursing care according to prescribed therapeutic regimens.
  • Communicate effectively and efficiently with faculty, patients, families and all members of the health care team about a patient’s condition as called for under the circumstances.
  • Practice in a safe manner and respond appropriately to emergencies and urgencies.
  • Possess emotional stability to function effectively under stress and adapt to changing environments inherent in the clinical practice of nursing.
  • Practice universal precautions against contamination and cross contamination with infectious pathogens (e.g. wearing personal protective equipment, working with sharp objects and hazardous chemicals, treating clients with infectious diseases).
  • Demonstrate manual dexterity and motor skills in performing nursing procedures such as giving a bed bath, making an occupied or unoccupied bed, and positioning and transferring clients safely.
  • Upon admission, a candidate who discloses a disability and requests accommodation will be asked to provide documentation of his or her disability for the purpose of determining appropriate accommodations, including modification to the program.

The College will provide reasonable accommodations, but is not required to make modifications that would substantially alter the nature or requirements of the program or provide auxiliary aids that present an undue burden to the College. To matriculate or continue in the curriculum, the candidate must be able to perform all the essential functions outlined in these technical standards either with or without accommodation.

RN-BS Program

This state approved and professionally CCNE accredited 64-credit upper-division bachelor’s degree nursing education program is open to registered nurses interested in pursuing a higher level of education for professional nursing practice. Graduates of associate degree or diploma programs in nursing are eligible upon admission to transfer in a maximum of 60 credits of lower division prerequisite course work as a foundation for earning a B.S. degree in nursing on a full-time or part-time basis. The pre-admission requirements have been determined to allow prospective R.N. students a seamless transition to the upper-division program.

The centerpiece of this curriculum, which includes a combination of primarily theoretical courses as well as selected clinical hours, is designed for the education and development of the professional nurse. Simultaneously, this curriculum consists of a comprehensive set of core liberal arts and science courses in religion, philosophy, history, and English, which are required of all students regardless of major and serve as the underpinnings for the education of the whole person. This unique program of study in nursing is truly a “thinking” curriculum that affords students the necessary perspectives and skills to form their beliefs, value systems, and commitments to positions of leadership and service in their personal and professional lives.

Students seeking admission to the nursing major may enter in either the fall or spring semester. The curriculum is designed to be completed in two years by a full-time student or within three to four years by a part-time student. To facilitate completion of the curriculum in a timely fashion, many core courses are offered both semesters, with most of them also available in J-mester, May-mester and summer sessions. Both nursing and core courses are provided in three-hour blocks of time in a flexible scheduling mode of day and evening classes to accommodate the needs of the adult learner. Some courses are offered in a hybrid, on-line or condensed format.

Students will be admitted to junior and senior years of this program as transfer students for the bachelor’s degree. Students accepted to this program must meet the Le Moyne College standards for transfer admission.

Admission Criteria for RN-BS students

See admission process and requirements for part-time and full-time transfer students under Enrollment Information, General Information in this catalog.

BS Program Objectives

After completion of the nursing course of study in the Jesuit tradition, which calls for the development and fostering of internalized Judaic-Christian values, beliefs, and commitment, the graduate’s personal and professional growth and development will be enhanced. It is an expectation that upon successful completion of the baccalaureate degree in nursing at Le Moyne College, the graduate will:

  1. practice in the multidimensional role of a generalist in the provision of health care to individuals, families, groups, communities and populations.
  2. synthesize knowledge from the liberal arts and sciences and nursing for application to professional nursing practice.
  3. communicate effectively with clients, colleagues (intraprofessional), and other health professionals (interprofessional) through proficient use of listening, verbal, non-verbal, and written skills as well as through demonstrating literacy and the use of patient care technology for information management.
  4. integrate principles of altruism, ethical decision-making, cultural diversity, and caring in the delivery of health services to clients.
  5. critically evaluate research-based findings as evidence to change practice.
  6. apply critical thinking skills when assessing, designing, managing, implementing and evaluating outcomes of nursing interventions.
  7. demonstrate evidence of professional development and growth by engaging in activities to promote the advancement of the profession.
  8. apply principles of teaching and learning in health promotion and protection, risk reduction, disease management and rehabilitation activities for the improvement of health outcomes.
  9. incorporate principles of leadership to effectively and efficiently use resources and interpret policies and regulations for enhancing the practice environment and improving quality and safety in practice.

These above objectives apply to students prepared in both the RN-BS and DDPN programs.

Expectations of Program and Undergraduates

Core Competencies provide the foundation upon which the bachelor’s curriculum is built. They are consistent with and integral to the mission of Le Moyne College in preparing nurses for leadership and service in a diverse society. These core competencies, which are fundamental to the practice of professional nursing, are reflected throughout all of the course work and include professional role development, caring, critical thinking, communication, assessment, and leadership. The following table provides the definitions of these core competencies and illustrates how they are operationalized in the nursing program outcomes.

Core Competencies Inherent in RN-BS Program Outcomes

Definition of Core CompetenciesBS Program Outcomes
Critical Thinking: is an intellectual process of decision making that involves using data from multiple sources to question assumptions, reason inductively and deductively, problem solve intuitively and creatively, analyze, synthesize, and apply evidence from research, and evaluate outcomes when dealing with complex and dynamic situations.BS graduates integrate information from nursing and the liberal arts and sciences to make decisions in the delivery of quality and safe care.
Communication: is a complex process of sharing information, ideas, and perceptions through the use of listening, verbal and non-verbal interactions, written skills, and literacy in multi-media technology to convey intended messages in a manner that is logical, clear, accurate, therapeutic, and relevant to individuals, families, groups, communities and populations.BS graduates incorporate principles of effective communication using a variety of techniques to interact with and convey information to clients, peers (intraprofessional), other health care providers (interprofessional), and communities of interest to improve health outcomes.
Assessment: is a multidimensional process to gather information about physical, psychosocial, cognitive, spiritual, and environmental needs of individuals, families, communities and populations for the purpose of diagnosing, planning, implementing, and evaluating client care outcomes based on the findings.BS graduates apply assessment skills to determine the health status and needs of the client for the prevention of disease, promotion of wellness, reduction of risk, and maintenance of optimal well-being
Caring: is an expression of respect for the dignity, well-being (physical, psychological and spiritual) and self-worth of others, honoring the client’s ethical right to self-determination, confidentiality, and truth telling, and to safety and fairness in treatment regardless of race, creed, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status or cultural differences.BS graduates integrate principles of caring in the delivery of health services to clients.
Professional Role Development: is an integrative process whereby the individual assumes characteristics, values, and behaviors associated with a commitment to professional nursing practice which includes assessing, designing, managing, coordinating, and evaluating initiatives using the best available evidence to promote quality and safety in care.BS graduates demonstrate competencies associated with professional nursing practice in the multidimensional role as generalist.
Leadership: is the ability to gather and synthesize information from multiple sources regarding health policy, regulations, systems functioning, and organizational needs to make appropriate, creative, and innovative decisions in achieving quality and safety in the delivery of patient-centered care and in supporting a positive environment conducive for practice.BS graduates incorporate information management, use of evidence, application of technology, and recognition of policy, finance, and regulatory requirements based on theoretical and conceptual frameworks.

Core RequirementsHours
COR 100 First Year Seminar3
WRT 101 Critical Writing3
PHL 110 Introduction to Philosophy3
HST 110 - HST 111 World Civilization6
ENG 210 Major Authors3
PHL 210 Moral Philosophy3
EAC Encountering Another Culture/Language6
ENG 310 Literature and Culture3
Social Science*3
Natural Science*3
IDS Interdisciplinary Studies*3
COR 400 Transformations3
Visual & Performing Arts*1

* NOTE: Some Core requirements may be fulfilled by major requirements. See core section for more information. Because there have been substantial changes to the core curriculum, the above requirements may not apply to all students; for students who entered Le Moyne College prior to Fall 2013, be sure to consult with your advisor for appropriate course selection(s).

Nursing Major

Students admitted to this program must meet the Le Moyne College standards for transfer admission. There is no time limit for transfer of courses to meet prerequisites for admission. The following are 60 credits of prerequisites for students with associate degrees and diplomas in nursing:

Biology (microbiology 3-4 credits; anatomy and physiology 6-8 credits) 9
Nursing 30
Math (college algebra or higher) 0-3
Electives in liberal arts and sciences 6-9
English (three credits must be in composition) 6
Social Sciences (three credits must be in psychology) 6

Typical Program for Nursing Major

First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
Junior Year
NSG 315*3 NSG 3503
NSG 3303 NSG 4203
BSC 345+ 3 MTH 110**3
ENG 2103 HST 1113
HST 1103 PHL 2103
PHL 1103
Senior Year
NSG 410***3 BSC 435+3
Selected Elective3 NSG 440***4
REL 100-4003 NSG 4613
PHL 301-3033 THE 100-4003
ENG 3103 COR 400-level3

* Includes lab.

** MTH 110 Introduction to Statistics (three credits) may be taken as a substitute for MTH 111. MTH 110/MTH 111 is a major support course for the BS degree and a minimum grade of C must be earned

*** Includes clinical hours.

+ BSC 345 and BSC 435 are major support courses for the BS degree and a minimum grade of C must be earned.

Dual Degree Partnership in Nursing (DDPN)

The DDPN represents a unique articulation agreement between Le Moyne College and St. Joseph’s College of Nursing at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center. This 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 (see the following DDPN curriculum plan).

In addition to the B.S. program objectives, the purposes of this articulation model are to:

  • Provide an innovative approach that contributes to the recruitment and retention of applicants pursuing nursing education.
  • Promote the smooth transition of qualified applicants intending to complete the DDPN at Le Moyne College and St. Joseph’s College of Nursing.
  • Provide students with a dynamic four-year living and learning campus environment at Le Moyne that enhances their personal and educational development.

Admission Criteria for DDPN Students

See admission process and requirements for full-time freshmen under Enrollment Information, General Information in this catalog.

High school seniors are required to apply simultaneously to both Le Moyne College and St. Joseph’s College of Nursing by completing a Le Moyne College application, which serves as a joint application to both institutions. The decision to admit students considered qualified for the DDPN will be at the sole discretion of the appropriate admissions committee of each college. Progression of students to the second year of the DDPN at St. Joseph’s College of Nursing will be decided prior to the fall semester of enrollment. Agreement on the number of students accepted each year into the DDPN will be at the discretion of the two institutions.

Admission into the DDPN does not guarantee admission or transfer into any other program option at either institution.

High school seniors who are accepted to the DDPN must meet all of the conditions of their acceptance as required by each individual college. Students already enrolled in their first year of study at Le Moyne College who have not previously applied for and/or been accepted to the DDPN may be considered for acceptance as a change of major internal transfer on an individual basis. Because of limited space, this is a very competitive process based on the pool of applicants. In addition, a very limited number of students who have completed college credits at another institution can be considered on an individual basis for acceptance to the DDPN as an external transfer.

Students admitted to the Dual Degree Partnership in Nursing (DDPN) apply for full-time financial aid from Le Moyne College in years one and four and full-time financial aid from St. Joseph’s College of Nursing in years two and three of the program of study. It is important to note the following information in pursuing this curriculum plan:

  1. If students are involved in a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) sport, scholarships can only apply during years one and four of the program. Given the rigor of the curriculum, students who choose to become involved in athletics are encouraged to join a club sports team.
  2. If students are awarded a Le Moyne Scholarship, it will only apply for years one and four while they are full-time at Le Moyne.

Students will be admitted to Le Moyne College as undeclared majors and will declare their major as Nursing at the completion of the third year of study at St. Joseph’s College of Nursing and prior to beginning their fourth year of study at Le Moyne College.

  • Students must meet the academic, health, technical standards and financial requirements of both institutions.
  • Students must maintain full-time status while enrolled in the first and fourth years at Le Moyne College and the second and third years at St. Joseph’s College of Nursing
  • Students must live on the Le Moyne campus or be a commuter student during all four years of study.
  • Students must successfully complete all first-year courses at Le Moyne College prior to beginning the second year of study at St. Joseph’s College of Nursing.
  • It is expected that once a student is accepted into the DDPN, all lower division liberal arts and science courses in the curriculum will be taken and successfully completed through Le Moyne College as per the DDPN program of study plan. If a course needs to be repeated or if an exceptional circumstance exists, a waiver of this policy will be considered on an individual basis. However, please be aware that this waiver, if granted, may have potential financial or other implications.

Verification of eligibility for progression to St. Joseph’s College of Nursing following the first year at Le Moyne College must be submitted in writing by the Chair of the Department of Nursing to the Dean of the St. Joseph’s College of Nursing no later than March 30th prior to the fall semester of the second year of study. Evidence for progression requires:

  • A written report from the Chair of nursing at Le Moyne College of the student’s academic status related to achievement of course work in year one.
  • An official transcript from Le Moyne College to be sent to the dean at St. Joseph’s after the student’s completion of the spring semester of year one. To progress to year two, the student must be in good standing with a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 2.75 by the end of the spring semester prior to progressing to the fall semester at St. Joseph's College of Nursing and also minimum grade of “C” or above must be earned in the five required liberal arts and sciences courses completed during year one as indicated in the program of study.
  • If a student is dismissed from either the associate's degree or bachelor's degree portion of the DDPN for academic or integrity issues, the student is automatically withdrawn from the DDPN.

To meet the graduation requirements for the Associate Degree in Applied Science (A.A.S.) from St. Joseph’s College of Nursing, students must satisfy the required course work as designed in the DDPN curriculum plan.

Upon successful completion of the St. Joseph’s Associate Degree nursing program, students will have earned an A.A.S. degree with a major in nursing and are expected to successfully challenge the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX) for licensure as a Registered Professional Nurse in the summer between the third and fourth years of study.

Progression into the fourth year of full-time study at Le Moyne College for completion of the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in nursing requires the student to have a minimum G.P.A. of 2.0 and evidence of R.N. licensure.

Core RequirementsHours
COR 100 First Year Seminar3
WRT 101 Critical Writing3
PHL 110 Introduction to Philosophy3
HST 110 - HST 111 World Civilization6
ENG 210 Major Authors3
PHL 210 Moral Philosophy3
EAC Encountering Another Culture/Language6
ENG 310 Literature and Culture3
Social Science*3
Natural Science*3
IDS Interdisciplinary Studies*3
COR 400 Transformations3
Visual & Performing Arts*1

* NOTE: Some Core requirements may be fulfilled by major requirements. See core section for more information. Because there have been substantial changes to the core curriculum, the above requirements may not apply to all students; for students who entered Le Moyne College prior to Fall 2013, be sure to consult with your advisor for appropriate course selection(s).

Typical Program for Dual Degree Partnership in Nursing (1+2+1 Plan)

First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
Freshman Year
BSC 201 (1)4 BSC 202 (1)4
PSY 101 (1)3 ENG 210 (3)3
WRT 101 (1)(2)3 SOC 101 (1)3
HST 1103 NSG 3303
COR 1003 HST 1113
Sophomore Year
PSY 220 (4)3 BSC 205 (4)4
PHL 1103 NSG 120 Health and Illness Across the Lifespan (4)4
NSG 110 Foundations of Nursing and Health (4)7 NSG 121 Nursing Assessment and Skills II (4)2
NSG 111 Nursing Assessment and Skills I (4)2 NSG 122 Family Health (7.5 weeks) (4)4
PHL 2103
Junior Year
ENG 3103 PHL 346 (4)3
NSG 210 Holistic Health Care (7.5 weeks) (4)5 REL 100-4003
NSG 211 Nursing Assessment and Skills III (4)2 NSG 213 Transition into Professional Practice (4)9
NSG 212 Health Care Systems (7.5 weeks) (4)5 NSG 214 Nursing Assessment and SKills IV (4)1
Senior Year
NSG 3153 NSG 3503
BSC 345 (5)3 NSG 4203
NSG 410 (6)3 NSG 440 (6)4
THE 100-4003 NSG 4613
MTH 110 (7)3 BSC 435 (5)3
Selected Elective (5)3 COR 400-level3

(1) required for progression to the nursing program at St. Joseph’s and a minimum grade of C must be earned.

(2) WRT 100: Introduction to Critical Writing may need to be taken before enrolling in WRT 101 depending on outcome of entry English placement exam.

(3) If WRT 100 is taken in the first semester and successfully completed, then WRT 101 must be taken in the second semester and ENG 210 in the summer session.

(4) These courses are part of St. Joseph’s program of study and are taken at St. Joseph’s College:

NSG 110 Foundations of Nursing and Health

NSG 111 Nursing Assessment and Skills I

PSY 220 Human Development

NSG 120 Health and Illness Across the Lifespan

NSG 121 Nursing Assessment and Skills II

NSG 122 Family Health

BSC 205 Microbiology

NSG 210 Holistic Health Care

NSG 211 Nursing Assessment and Skills III

NSG 212 Health Care Systems

NSG 213 Transition into Professional Practice

NDG 214 Nursing Assessment and Skills IV

PHL 346 Ethics

(5) BSC 345 and BSC 435 are major support courses for the B.S. degree and a minimum grade of C must be earned.

(6) includes clinical hours

(7) may take MTH 111 (4 credits) as substitute for MTH 110. MTH 110/MTH 111 is a major support course for the B.S. degree and a minimum grade of C must be earned.

Accelerated Dual Degree Partnership in Nursing (A-DDPN)

This 18-month option is specifically designed for candidates with a bachelor’s (BA or BS) degree in another field who are interested in pursuing nursing education for a career as a registered nurse.

The A-DDPN program of study awards both the associate’s degree and bachelor’s degree in nursing. The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree from St. Joseph’s College of Nursing (SJCON) allows students to qualify for NCLEX-RN® examination (National Council Licensure Examination)* and professional Registered Nursing (RN) licensure. The Bachelor of Science degree in nursing is awarded from Le Moyne College.**

* The NCLEX-RN® first time pass rate at SJCON is consistently higher than the state and national averages.

** All 28 credits of BS-level nursing courses must be earned at Le Moyne for a student to be granted the BS degree in nursing.

Admission Criteria

  • Bachelor’s degree (BA or BS) in another discipline from an accredited school.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 from the non-nursing bachelor’s degree preferred (consideration may be given to applicants with a cumulative GPA of 2.8 to 2.99).
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 in pre-requisite courses.
  • Favorable letter of recommendation that addresses academic ability and nursing potential.
  • Typewritten personal statement.
  • Personal interview with faculty member/administrative staff from either the Department of Nursing at Le Moyne College or St. Joseph’s College of Nursing.

Admission into the A-DDPN does not guarantee admission or transfer into any other program option at either institution.

Prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of “C”:

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II (4 credits each, including labs)
  • Microbiology (4 credits, including lab)
  • Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)
  • Human Growth and Development (also known as Developmental Psychology)
  • Statistics (3 credits)
  • Chemistry (3 credits) or Regents Chemistry in High School
  • Critical Writing (3 credits)
  • Selected Elective 300-400 Level (3 credits)

Application Deadline

For a July start date, the application deadline is September 1.

Typical Program for Accelerated Dual Degree Program

First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
Summer I
NSG 4613
Term I
NSG 110 Foundations of Nursing and Health*7
NSG 111 Nursing Assessment and Skills I*2
NSG 120 Health and Illness Across the Lifespan*4
NSG 121 Nursing Assessment and Skills II*2
NSG 3503
NSG 3303
J-Mester or May-mester
NSG 4203
BSC 4353
Term II
NSG 122 Family Health*4
NSG 210 Holistic Health Care*5
NSG 211 Nursing Assessment and Skills III*2
NSG 212 Health Care Systems*2
NSG 3153
NSG 4103
Term III
NSG 213 Transition into Professional Practice*9
NSG 214 Nursing Assessment and Skills IV*1
PHL 346 Ethics and the Nurse*3
NSG 4404
BSC 3453

* Evening/weekend courses taken at St. Joseph's College of Nursing. Term I runs July - December, Term II runs January - June, and Term III runs July - December.

If a student is dismissed from either the associate's degree or bachelor's degree portion of the A-DDPN for academic or integrity issues, the student is automatically withdrawn from the A-DDPN.

BS-MS Bridge Program

In recent years, an increasing number of students who complete the RN-BS degree program requirements at Le Moyne are choosing to continue their education by pursuing the MS degree program in nursing at our institution. A BS-MS Bridge Program provides these students with incentives (both in reduced time and tuition costs) to pursue graduate-level education and allows them a smooth transition from undergraduate to graduate study. Three courses already exist in the upper-division bachelor’s degree nursing program, NSG 461 (Principles of Teaching and Learning), BSC 435 (Epidemiology), and a 300/400-level selected elective. If these three courses (nine credits) are taken at a 500-level, they serve to satisfy degree requirements in both the undergraduate and graduate programs, thereby reducing the current 39-credit MS degree to a total of 30 credits.

Students interested in being considered for this BS-MS Bridge Program must apply for matriculation. For acceptance to the BS-MS Bridge Program, prospective RN-BS students are required to have a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0. Students completing Year III of the DDPN who are ready to enter the RN-BS program but instead are seeking acceptance to the BS-MS Bridge Program must have a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher from the first three years of DDPN study. Students already enrolled in the RN-BS Program also must have a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher in their current studies and must have earned a grade of B or better in two upper-division courses in the nursing major (one of which must have a NSG prefix). Thus, the student who is planning to transition to the MS degree in nursing at Le Moyne has demonstrated the ability to master course work at a level of academic achievement predictive of potential success in graduate school.

In this BS-MS Bridge Program, a 500-level CCM (Consortium for Culture and Medicine) course or an approved 500-600 level Le Moyne course replaces the 300/400-level selected elective, NSG 535 (Epidemiology) replaces BSC 435, and NSG 561 (Principles of Teaching and Learning) replaces NSG 461.

In terms of progression criteria for undergraduates who are accepted into this transition program, they must complete these three 500-level bridge courses with a minimum grade of B to count towards the MS degree requirements. They also must have maintained a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 while enrolled in B.S.-level course work to be eligible to move on to the MS level. If they do not meet both of these requirements, they will only be eligible to graduate with the B.S. degree (assuming they successfully meet the undergraduate program requirements according to established policies).

If a student is in academic jeopardy in a 500-level nursing course (NSG 561, NSG 535 or selected elective), then the student must request to be lowered to a 400-level no later than mid-terms of the semester enrolled.

Post-Baccalaureate RN to MS Certificate

For RNs with a BA or BS degree in a field other than nursing, please see description in the Graduate Program in Nursing.


NSG 315 . Health Assessment (3).

This course uses a systems perspective to broaden the student's knowledge of physical, cultural, sociological, and nutritional aspects of health assessment of individuals across the life span. A laboratory setting is used to acquire and refine the techniques of physical assessment and critical thinking skills are emphasized in the identification of risk factors and other variables affecting health patterns. A focus is placed on therapeutic communication skills for effective interviewing and history taking, which are essential in the collection of health assessment data. Students are expected to accurately perform a systematic, comprehensive health assessment and a critical analysis of assesssment data. Registration open only to Nursing or with permission of the department Chair.

NSG 315L . Health Assessment Lab (0).

NSG 330 . Professional Issues and Trends (3).

This course focuses on the role of the professional nurse from an evolutionary, present, and future perspective. Educational, organizational, philosophical, and practical trends are explored. Identification of the characteristics of a profession and the qualities of a professional nurse enhances the student's insight into the meaning of professionalism in practice. Selected concepts and issues related to practice standards and modalities, taking into account the diversity of the client populations served, are theoretically applied to the care of individuals, families, and groups in a variety of settings. The impact of interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches on the socialization and re-socialization of the professional nurse in practice is emphasized. THe development of a written philosophy of nursing is required, which provides each student with the opportunity for personal reflection on the profession and the role of the professional nurse within the dynamic system of health care delivery. Fulfills Core requirement(s): DIV.

NSG 350 . Research in Nursing (3).

This course, which addresses the principles of scientific inquiry, introduces the student to the development of nursing as a science. An understanding of the major steps of the research process fosters the acquisition of analytical thinking, problem solving, and critical appraisal skills. Students are guided in the assessment and evaluation of both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies. The role of the professional nurse as data collector, designer, producer, replicator, and consumer of research is explored. The opportunity to critique selected research studies allows the students to apply knowledge of the research process and to understand how research findings provide the basis for evidenced-based practice. Prerequisite/corequisite: NSG 330. (Taking MTH 111 beforehand is recommended.) Fulfills core requirement: WID.

NSG 380-389 . Special Topics in Nursing (3).

This series of courses provide the opportunity for the study of content specifically related to nursing and health care that is not included in regularly scheduled course offerings. Courses designated as such will explore professional topics and issues of particular interest to students and faculty. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing or permission of instructor.

NSG 387 (NSG 697/MIS 450/MIS 710). Health Information Systems (3).

This course provides students with the knowledge of the design, use, and evaluation issues of health informatics applications. The topics include:(1) health informatics as a discipline; (2) career options for health informatics; (3) major health applications and commercial vendors; (4) strategic information systems planning and project management; and (5) new opportunities and emerging trends. A semester-long group will provide students hands-on experience in planning healthcare information systems; associated ethical and legal concerns, software engineering and human-computer interaction issues, and user acceptance and outcomes evalutation methods will also be discussed.

NSG 390 . Independent Study (1-6).

A student who wishes to pursue an independent study project for academic credit must submit, prior to registration, a proposed plan of study that includes the topic to be studied and the goal to be achieved, the methodology to be followed, schedule of supervision, end product, evaluation procedure and number of credits sought. The proposal must be approved by the supervising faculty memeber, the department chair and the dean of arts and sciences. It will be kept on file in the dean of arts and sciences' office. Pass/fail option.

NSG 401 . Holistic Stress Management (3).

This course is designed to introduce undergraduate and graduate students to the field of holistic stress management. Stress will be understood from physiological, psychological, and spiritual dimensions. The impact and role of physical activity, nutrition, sleep, congnitive coping skills, and relaxation techniques will be examined from the perspective of how they support health and prevent and/or alleviate the physical symptoms of stress when caring for self, patients, families, or others. Students will learn comprehensive principles, theories, and skills needed to effectively manage personal stress, and to understand the psychosomatic (mind-body-spirit) relationship. The course will support students to employ a holistic approach to stress management in both their personal and professional lives.

NSG 410 . Management and Leadership in Nursing (3).

This course addresses the professional role of the nurse as manager and leader within the health care environment. The multiple and complex factors involved in the management and leadership function of the professional nurse are examined, including employment practices, staffing, institutional development, budgetary and health care financing concerns, accountability, information management, consumer satisfaction, and employee and employer relations. Selected management and leadership models, concepts, and theories are explored as a basis for planning, organizing, directing, changing, and controlling dynamic human resources for the provision of quality nursing care in a variety of health care settings. Particular emphasis is placed on ethical decision making and on the development of communication and interaction skills essential to effectively working with groups and organizations. A clinical practicum experience provides the student with the opportunity to observe the role of the nurse as manager and leader and to apply the principles of management and leadership within a practice setting. Prerequisite/corequisite - NSG 330

NSG 420 . Family Health (3).

The focus of this course is on the family as client. The framework for investigation is family systems theory combined with a developmental life- cycle approach. The growth of many types of family systems, such as traditional, single parent, and divorced families, as traced as they evolve overtime. Cultural, ethnic, racial, religious, and socioeconomic variables that strongly influence family life are identified and analyzed. In addition, study is directed at special family problems, such as the impact of chronic illness, abuse, incest, and separation. Advanced communication skills are integrated throughout the course as students have the opportunity to thoroughly assess their own nuclear and extend families, a process which is then applied to the holistic assessment of client families. Critical thinking is emphasized as students are challenged to critique current family theory and research for the planning of nursing interventions with client families. Prerequisite/corequisite - NSG 330 Fulfills Core requirement(s): DIV.

NSG 440 . Community Health (4).

This capstone course focuses on the theory and practice of community health nursing using an open systems framework. It blends the components of public health science, which incorporates the principles of epidemiology, and the art and science of nursing. The emphasis is on the community as client for a population-focused practice of nursing. Students conduct assessments of individuals, families, and groups to identify health needs and commonly encountered health problems within the population. Research-based findings are critically examined and applied in the process of planning, implementing, and evaluating nursing interventions at the primary, secondary, and tertiary levels of prevention. Using the many community-based resources available for nursing practice, students are provided the opportunity for clinical experience in a wide variety of settings to advance their skills in delivery of care to populations and in communicating and collaborating with clients and health care team members for the overall improvement in the health of the community. Prerequisite: NSG 420 and NSG 330 Pre/co-requisite: BSC 435 Fulfills Core requirement(s): DIV.

NSG 461 (NSG 561). Principles of Teaching and Learning (3).

The focus of this course is on role development of the nurse as educator and is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to educate various audiences in a variety of settings with efficiency and effectiveness. It is a comprehensive coverage, both in scope and depth, of the essential components of the education process and the principles of teaching and learning. Designed to increase students' proficiency in educating others, it takes into consideration the needs and characteristics of the learner as well as how to choose and use the most appropriate instructional techniques and strategies by which to optimize learning. Although the theories and concepts addressed in this course can be applied to any audience of learners, the focus is on patient education. An understanding of the basics of teaching and learning allows the educator to function as a "guide by the side" and as a "facilitator" of learning, rather than merely as a "giver of information". This approach enables clients to act as responsible partners in their own health care. Emphasis is placed on preparing students to assess, teach, and evaluate learners at all stages of development based on their learning needs, learning styles, and readiness to learn. Students conduct critical analysis of education materials, apply research findings to patient education, and consider the legal, ethical, economic, and political aspects of health care delivery on patient education. Prerequisite/corequisite - NSG 330

NSG 475 . Transition to Advanced Nursing Practice (4).

This course is required of nurses who hold a BA or BS degree in a field other than nursing for progression to the MS in nursing program of study. It is designed to include undergraduate nursing content foundational to graduate level course work. The course includes theories, concepts, and principles related to professional issues and trends, health promotion and protection management and leadership, family health, and community health. Students are expected to gain knowledge, through course discussions, presentations, and other approaches, that is essential for success at an advanced level of educational preparation. Prerequisite: RNs with BA or BS degree in a non-nursing field

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