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College of Nursing

History

The College of Nursing was established in 1967, and has grown from a baccalaureate only program to an academic program offering both a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing. The RN-to-BS program is one of the largest in New York State, admitting over 100 RNs annually. In addition to the RN-to-BS program, the College of Nursing has developed a 15-month Accelerated BS Program in nursing for college graduates in 2003. The College is one of four Colleges of Nursing in New York State that offers a Master of Science degree in all areas of advanced practice nursing, including clinical nurse specialists, nurse practitioners, nurse midwives and nurse anesthetists. The Clinical Specialist track focuses on Continuity of Care for Adults established in 1986 and the High Risk Mothers and Infants established in 1988. The Nurse Practitioner Program began in 1993 with a Women's track, followed by the establishment of a Family Nurse Practitioner track in 1995. Two advanced certificate programs in women' s and family nurse practitioners for nurses who already hold a Master's degree is also offered in the College of Nursing. Additionally, applicants may obtain concurrent degrees in Master's in Public Health and Master of Science in any of the advanced practice nursing role. Moreover, the College has a well-established continuing education offering programs to RNs and a Nursing Center located in downtown Brooklyn. The Center provides non-institutionalized nursing care, health teaching, counseling and support services to elderly residents of the area, free of charge.

The College of Nursing is proud of its 42-year history of preparing qualified nurses and serving the urban community of Brooklyn. The College is also committed to continue its tradition of educating nurses from underrepresented backgrounds, increasing the diversity of the nursing workforce. In response to the current nursing shortage nationwide, Colleges of Nursing across the country are being challenged to develop creative ways to expand student enrollment. Intensifying the current nursing shortage is a shortage of faculty. The College of Nursing at SUNY-DMC has begun collaborative partnerships with healthcare agencies to increase faculty capacity. The University Hospital of Brooklyn, as an integral component of SUNY DMC made such collaborative partnership a success and a model for future endeavors.