Nurse

Agreement with SUNY Empire State College Paves Path for Nurses

SUNY Corning Community College and SUNY Empire State College have implemented a Pathways Transfer Agreement in Nursing. Students who receive their associate degree in nursing at SUNY CCC and meet the appropriate academic requirements will be accepted into the Bachelor of Science degree in nursing program at SUNY Empire State.

“SUNY CCC  has made a decision to proactively advocate for our students’ next step,” said Dr. L. Dean Fisher, Provost. “More and more positions require advanced degrees. SUNY CCC has more than a dozen pathways to partner institutions that ease the transition and ensure that the resources – time and money – that students invest in their education are spent wisely.”

“Better-educated nurses means better health care for the people of the state,” said Bridget Nettleton, Dean of SUNY Empire’s School of Nursing and Allied Health. “In addition to higher quality health care, the pathways partnership opens new online learning avenues to successful careers for SUNY CCC graduates. SUNY CCC nursing graduates are very well-prepared to succeed at SUNY Empire, and we look forward to educating them at the bachelor’s and master’s levels.”

According to the Bureau of Labor, the employment rate of registered nurses is expected to increase by 15 percent through 2026. The estimated growth is due to the emphasis on preventative care and growing rate of chronic conditions. This partnership comes at a time when New York State’s “BSN in 10” Law requires all registered nurses to complete their bachelor degrees within 10 years of receiving their initial RN license.

SUNY Empire State will ease the transition process for SUNY CCC graduates changing from classroom- and clinical-based learning to an educational model comprised significantly of online work. This agreement provides an affordable and convenient baccalaureate degree option for SUNY CCC graduates who want to remain close to home.