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 experience in local health care agencies provide the foundation of knowledge.

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

All incoming students are evaluated in Math, Reading, English, and Biology to determine placement in courses. 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 64. The four semester sequence is only possible when a student has tested into ENG 101 and BIO 131 and college-level math. 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.

Upon completion of the program, the student is eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for RNs (NCLEX-RN). Graduation from the program does not guarantee admission to licensing. Individuals who have prior convictions are advised to contact the New York State Board for Nursing for advice on legal limitations. After graduation, many students transfer to upper division baccalaureate nursing programs through articulation agreements. Personal background checks are required at some of the health care agencies utilized for clinical placement.

The Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree is awarded upon completion of this program.

Upon the completion of this program the graduate will:

  • Advocate for patients and families in ways that promote their self-determination, integrity, and ongoing growth as human beings;
  • Make judgments in practice, substantiated with evidence, that integrate nursing science in the provision of safe, quality care and that promote the health of patients within a family and community context;
  • Implement one’s role as a nurse in ways that reflect integrity, responsibility, ethical practices, and an evolving identity as a nurse committed to evidence-based practice, caring, advocacy, and safe, quality care for diverse patients within a family and community context;
  • Examine the evidence that underlies clinical and nursing practice to challenge the status quo, question underlying assumptions, and offer new insights to improve the quality of care for patients, families, and communities;
  • Practice according to the National League for Nursing Core Components and QSEN Competencies.

First Semester

Course No. Descriptive Title Credit Hours
ENG 101 Composition I 3
PSY 111 Psychological Principles I 3
BIO 131 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
NUR 105 Nursing Science I (a) 6
NUR 107 Survey of Professional Nursing (a) 1
TOTAL   17

Second Semester

Course No. Descriptive Title Credit Hours
ENG 102 Composition II 3
PSY 203 Developmental Psychology 3
BIO 132 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
NUR 112 Nursing Science II (a) 8
TOTAL   18

Third Semester

Course No. Descriptive Title Credit Hours
BHS 103 Social Problems in Today's World 3
BIO 212 Microbiology 4
NUR 213 Nursing Science III (a) 8
NUR 215 Parent-Child Nursing (a) 3
TOTAL   18

Fourth Semester

Course No. Descriptive Title Credit Hours
ECO 105, GOV 121, HIS 104, HIS 108 3
NUR 204 Professional Issues in Nursing (a) (c) 1
NUR 216 Nursing Science IV (a) (c) 4
NUR 218 Nursing Synthesis (a) (c) 2
PED Elective (b)   1
TOTAL   11

1. Students are admitted to the Nursing program on a space-available basis. Once admitted, students are expected to enroll in the nursing courses in sequence. Students who deviate from the sequence cannot be guaranteed re-entry into either a particular course or a particular semester.

2. Entry into Clinical Nursing courses requires that a student is CPR certified.

3. All NUR students are required to submit a completed physical examination form prior to clinical courses. All immunizations indicated on the form must be current. When this form is on file, the College Health Office will issue a waiver clearing the student for clinical courses. Hepatitis B Vaccine series is highly recommended and may be required by the clinical facility under the OSHA Standard on Exposure to Blood-borne Pathogens.

a. Nursing courses may not be automatically repeated. A re-entry and an appeal process is outlined in the Nursing Program Handbook.

b. Students may choose the following PED courses: PED 101, PED 106,
PED 111, PED 113, PED 114, PED 115, PED 116, PED 117, PED 120, PED 145, PED 197

c. These courses must be taken in the semester immediately preceding graduation.