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.

Nursing Careers


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. (Formerly known as National League of Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLN-AC).

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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).