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Associate degree-prepared registered nurses can now earn a bachelor’s degree in Nursing locally, through a partnership between Dutchess Community College and Alfred State College, another SUNY institution recognized for its outstanding nursing program. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing opportunity is open to graduates of DCC’s nursing program who are licensed nurses as well as other RNs seeking a four-year degree.
The innovative collaboration provides convenience and affordability. Students will complete 64 credits, with some general education courses available through DCC and specialized courses delivered by Alfred State College faculty at the main campus. A short residency also will be required at Alfred State College.
The need for RNs to complete a bachelor’s degree has intensified. A national goal is to increase the proportion of nurses with baccalaureate degrees to 80% by 2020, and hospitals and other medical facilities are increasingly hiring nurses who have earned a bachelor's degree.