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SUNY Downstate Medical Center

College of Nursing

Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow
Educating the Next Diverse Leaders in Healthcare

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Daisy Cruz-Richman, PhD, RN
Dean and Professor

Dean's Welcome

I am delighted to welcome you to the College of Nursing web site at the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center. It is an exciting time to be a nurse and to consider the many specialty options in nursing and clinical practice sites. There are few other professions that can compete with the satisfaction of caring for people with opportunities to contribute to the quality of life and well-being of others. With the increasing demand for nurses and expanding areas in nursing, opportunities abound for nurses to provide leadership and scholarship in the areas of nursing education, practice and research.

The College of Nursing has grown since its inception in 1966 when it established a baccalaureate program. We have two upper-division baccalaureate programs: an RN-to- BS degree for registered nurses and a 15-month accelerated program for those who already have a bachelor's or higher degree in another discipline. The College also offers a Master of Science (MS) in Women’s Health and Family Nurse Practitioner programs as well as MS in Nurse Midwifery in collaboration with the College of Health Related Professions. We also offer post-graduate or advanced certificates in Women’s Health and Family Nurse Practitioners. All our programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, a nationally-recognized accrediting body for baccalaureate and higher degree programs in nursing. In addition, the College provides continuing education programs for registered nurses in partnership with the University Hospital of Brooklyn.

We take pride in our rich history of preparing qualified nurses, and in our commitment to continue a tradition of educating nurses from underrepresented backgrounds, increasing the diversity of the nursing workforce. We are enormously proud of our graduates who are making a difference- from the bedside in hospitals to ambulatory clinics to community healthcare settings to the halls of academic and research institutions, many of whom are in leadership and management positions throughout the nation. Our diverse, scholarly faculty is engaged in securing a laudable future for our students by ensuring undergraduate and graduate curricula that are responsive to trends in higher education, nursing and health care. Our curricula will stay on the cutting edge in preparing nurses who will become leaders, contributing to the advancement of health care and the nursing profession.

The challenges in health care continue to grow and the need for an educated nursing workforce is greater than ever. If nursing is a future or current passion of yours, I invite you to explore our web site and learn more about our college and programs.