Nursing

Welcome to Nursing

Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), this rigorous program is designed for students interested in preparing for professional practice as a Registered Nurse (RN). Classroom lectures, college laboratories, and clinical experiences in local health care agencies provide the foundation of knowledge for professional nursing practice.

Due to an overwhelming interest in nursing, entrance into the DCC program is highly competitive and only open to residents of Dutchess and Putnam counties.

Upon completion of the program, the A.A.S. graduate is eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for RNs.

All incoming students are tested in Math, Reading, English, and Biology to determine placement in courses. And after completion of the prerequisite courses with a GPA of 3.0 or better, students are invited to take the Test of Essential Academic Skills exam. The total credits required to achieve the A.A.S. in Nursing is 70. The four semester sequence is only possible when a student has matriculated prior to March 15 and tests into ENG 101 and BIO 131. Be aware that students often require six or more semesters to complete the A.A.S. degree due to entry requirements and clinical space limitations. Once a student enters the clinical nursing science courses, the course of study for completion is four semesters.

Program Goal

The Dutchess Community College graduate nurse is educated to become a licensed Registered Professional Nurse who practices within the scope of the New York State Nurse Practice Act and the American Nurses Association Code of Ethics. As an integral member of the health care team, the graduate advocates and cares for patients and their families using nursing judgment guided by evidence-based practice.

Program Philosophy

Nursing, an essential component of the health care system, is based on the core values of caring, integrity and acceptance with respect to diversity. Using a patient-centered approach, nurses assist individuals, their families and significant support persons to make informed health care choices including prevention, disease management, and end-of-life decisions. 

The philosophy of the Associate Degree Nursing (AD) program complements the philosophy of Dutchess Community College, which has the mutual goal to provide excellence in education to a diverse student body.

The nursing faculty believes the associate degree nursing curriculum provides the basic education necessary to practice as a registered nurse with multiple populations in a variety of settings. In order to meet evolving health care needs, students are encouraged to pursue advanced nursing degrees.

The practice of nursing incorporates evidence-based knowledge, which requires rigorous intellectual inquiry, critical thinking, and an understanding based on the arts, sciences and humanities. Communication and collaboration with other members of the health care team are essential to deliver safe and quality patient care.

The curriculum is based on a conceptual framework incorporating basic needs, adaptation, human development, and applied science. While psychomotor skills and technology competence are essential in contemporary health care, they must be based on sound nursing judgment. Nursing education incorporates knowledge from other disciplines and integrates it with its own body of knowledge. Collectively, the classroom, college laboratory and clinical settings provide opportunities for students to make clinical judgments, reflect on ethical concerns and prepare them for safe nursing practice.  Myriad experiential activities emphasize student-centered learning in an atmosphere that encourages curiosity and active participation.

For continuous improvement of the nursing program, the faculty believes in the ongoing process of assessment and evaluation.

Accreditation

The Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Nursing is registered by the New York State Education Department and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) 3343 Peachtree Road NE Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326: (404) 975-5000, Fax: (404) 975-5020. http://www.acenursing.org/. (Formerly known as National League of Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC).

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The Department of Nursing is a member of the Council of Associate Degree Nursing in New York (CADN), the National Association for Associate Degree Nursing (NOADN), and the National League for Nursing (NLN).