Dual Degree Program for Registered Nurses

RN Dual Degree Program of Study

Number, type of course and credits required depends on transferred/challenged courses.The nursing program builds on a foundation of liberal arts and sciences. Students are expected to complete approximately 40 percent of their liberal arts/pre-requisites prior to nursing courses.

The RN/Dual Degree Program (DDP) allow students to accelerate their learning by enrolling in both undergraduate and graduate courses throughout their program of study for the purpose of attaining both degrees. Students are awarded a baccalaureate degree upon successful completion of the undergraduate requirements, and a master's degree upon completion of the graduate requirements. Students are responsible for the policies in the Graduate Student Handbook while completing this portion of the program. Please refer to the Undergraduate Course Catalog (PDF) for more details about this program.

Challenge Exams/Testing Programs

  • All students are required to take standardized tests throughout the program. Academic remediation/support is required for those students who do not achieve the required test score.
  • Challenge exams may be taken once, failure to achieve national average necessitates taking the appropriate course(s). Diploma School graduates may take Challenge Examinations in the following areas: RN Assessment Exam nursing courses: NUR 139, 209, 259, 299, 329, 349, 359 (31 credits) NUR 229 (3 credits) [Pathophysiology]
  • Science Challenge Exams schedule and sequence are as follows:
    • BIO 245 (Microbiology) A workshop is offered prior to the test, and the exam is given every fall Semester.
    • BIO 120 (Anatomy and Physiology I) A workshop is offered in January prior to the beginning of the Spring Semester. BIO 120 exam will be given in February.
    • BIO 121 (Anatomy and Physiology II) A workshop is offered in March and the exam is given in April.
    • Dates are arranged each semester by the Biology Department, ext. 6387.

Applications for these exams may be obtained from the Biology Department, K108. Science challenges must be completed prior to the nursing.

All challenges may be taken only once. Other liberal arts credits may be earned through CLEP, NYCPEP, RED exams or division examinations.

Course Semester One Credits
Module*** 0
NUR 351 Integrative Nursing Practice 3
NUR 350 Health Assessments in the Community 2
**ETH 505 Contemporary Ethics 3
General Education Requirements 3
ENV 101 Environmental Studies 3
Semester Two Credits
NUR 352 Culture of Health in Chronic Illness 3
**NUR 510 Current Issues in Nursing 3
General Education Requirements/Elective 6
Semester Three
NUR353 Public Health Issues in World Health 5
*NUR 505 Advanced Nursing Theory 3
General Eduction/Elective 3
Semester Four
NUR 496 Leadership/Management 5
NUR 389 Nursing Research 3
*NUR 515 Organizational Theory 3
General Education/Core/Elective 3-4

Note: The following semesters indicate the continued program of study per individualized track.


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