SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News)— Students pursuing nursing at two local colleges will now be accepted into Upstate Medical University as part of a dual admissions partnership.
Onondaga, Cayuga Community Colleges students will now be able to pursue a bachelor of science in nursing after graduating with an associates degree. The dual admission program comes after New York State’s new legislature, requiring nurses to have a bachelor’s degree within ten years of graduation.
The program guarantees job interviews for students after they complete course work with a 3.0 GPA or better. “This is more than just recruiting students to the community college. This is about recruiting them in jobs and retaining them in jobs,” said Director of Special Admissions at Upstate Medical, Krystal Ripa.
Mary Driscoll, Cayuga nursing director, said the partnership will be a successful transition, alike their NCLEX passing rate, which is at 100 percent, “Nurses are involved from the minute they start working there, changing policy. They [students] immediately see that their profession and their role is making a difference in patient outcomes.”
The dual degree admission will launch fall 2020.