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SUNY Downstate Medical Center

College of Nursing

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

Education

Academic Programs

Program Objectives

Bachelor of Science
Program Objectives

  • Use concepts and principles from liberal arts education for application to professional nursing practice.
  • Demonstrate professional standards of ethical conduct, integrity, and social responsibility.
  • Utilize health promotion, maintenance and disease prevention strategies in the care of culturally diverse clients.
  • Apply quality improvement processes to implement safe and quality care for clients across the lifespan and across healthcare settings.
  • Use research findings to guide nursing practice.
  • Apply principles of leadership skills in the delivery of health care in collaboration with an interprofessional team.
  • Demonstrate skills in using client care technologies that support safe nursing practice.
  • Discuss the impact of legal and regulatory process on healthcare delivery and outcomes.
  • Articulate the value of continued professional growth and lifelong learning.

Master of Science & Advanced Certificate Program Objectives

  • Integrate knowledge from nursing and relevant sciences in the clinical management of clients requiring advanced practice nursing intervention.
  • Synthesize a personal and professional practice framework that reflects integrity, ethical practice and commitment to client empowerment.
  • Incorporate clinical prevention and population health concepts in the provision of culturally responsive care to diverse clients across the life-span.
  • Integrate quality improvement processes in the provision of advanced nursing care.
  • Translate relevant research and evidence to improve advanced practice interventions and health outcomes of diverse clients.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills in the delivery of safe and quality care in collaboration with an interprofessional team.
  • Integrate current and emerging healthcare technologies in to the delivery of safe care.
  • Evaluate the impact of legal and regulatory process on advanced nursing practice, healthcare delivery and outcomes.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning.


Program Outcomes
Licensure and Certification Pass Rates

Table 1: NCLEX-RN® Pass Rates for Years 2012-2015
Year N of students taking
NCLEX-RN® for 1st time
Aggregate Pass Rate
SUNY DMC CN (%)
New York State (%) United States (%)
2012 35 100.00 88.25 92.09
2013 45 91.84 78.14 83.04
2014 55 96.36 76.76 81.79
2015 57 96.49 80.57 84.51

Table 2: National Certification Pass Rates by Specialty (2012-2015) *
Specialty » Family NP Women's Health NP Anesthesia Midwifery ¹
Certification Program » ANCC NCC NBCRNA AMCB
2012 SUNY DMC CN (N) 9 2 7 13
% 88.89 100.0 100.0 ² 85.0
National % 80.70 86 70 ** 87.1
2013 SUNY DMC CN (N) 15 2 10 10
% 86.67 100.0 80 60.00
National % 84.51 86 80.00** N/A
2014 SUNY DMC CN (N) N/A 2 11 7
% 100.00 100.00 82.00 79.00
National % 80.00 84.00 79.00** 91.89
2015 SUNY DMC CN (N) N/A N/A 11 7
% 100.00 No aggregate data ³ 91.00 100
National % 81 84 Not Yet Available 93.20

Legend:
ANCC = American Nurses Certification Corporation; NCC = National Certification Corporation
COA = Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs »
AMCB = American Midwifery Certification Board.

*All NP program graduates are eligible to sit for national certification within their population foci. In New York State, students are not required to take national certification for practice, making it difficult to track and trend outcomes. However, graduate students are encouraged to obtain national certification within the first year of graduation.

** COA mandatory threshold

¹ This program is offered in collaboration with the Advanced Certificate in Midwifery program in the College of Health Related Professions (CHRP). All clinical courses are offered in CHRP. The exam results include graduates from both MS in Nurse Midwifery and Advanced Certificate in Midwifery Programs. Pass rates are for first-time takers.

² These pass rates includes first and second test takers.

³ Only 1 graduate sat for exam



Accelerated BS in Nursing

The Accelerated Bachelor of Science (BS) with a major in Nursing program is a 15-month full time program open only to applicants who have earned a baccalaureate degree in any discipline by the date of enrollment. Applicants must meet prerequisite and admission requirements by the start of registration.

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The curriculum of the Accelerated BS program is based on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's Essentials document, delineating the outcomes expected of graduates of baccalaureate nursing programs. The program provides a sequence of professional nursing development that proceeds from (1) understanding the theoretical basis for professional nursing practice, to (2) acquiring and applying knowledge and skills to the practice of professional nursing. Students acquire knowledge and skills in health promotion and maintenance; clinical prevention and population health; organizational and systems leadership, safety and quality improvement approaches; and information technology as it relates to patient care. They are introduced to a basic understanding of how evidence is developed, including the research process.

The program prepares beginning practitioners to assume a variety of nursing roles in different healthcare settings with patients including individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations across the lifespan and across the health-illness continuum. Students' clinical experiences provide opportunities for interactions and collaboration with the interprofessional team. The clinical experiences in hospital and clinic settings take place primarily in Brooklyn. The College of Nursing also maintains affiliations with a broad network of community agencies throughout the boroughs.

Admitted students take 60 credits of concentrated nursing courses in residence at Downstate College of Nursing and transfer in 65 credits of pre-requisite courses to qualify for the BS degree with a major in nursing. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).


RN to BS in Nursing

The Registered Nurse (RN) to Bachelor of Science (BS) program is open only to registered nurses and applicants who expect to complete the process of RN licensure by the date of enrollment. The program is designed to build a professional career and prepare the RN for graduate study in nursing.

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The curriculum of the RN to BS program is based on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's Essentials document, delineating the outcomes expected of graduates of baccalaureate nursing programs. Emphasis is on theory and skills applicable to health promotion and illness prevention; health assessment; clinical prevention and population health in community health nursing; scholarship for evidence -based practice in research; healthcare policies and interprofessional collaboration in organizational leadership and management in nursing.

Clinical experiences in community health nursing and organizational leadership and management in nursing follow the guidelines of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's White Paper on Expectations for Practice Experiences in the RN to Baccalaureate Curriculum. In addition, numerous opportunities are provided for the RN to apply nursing and other theories in their clinical practice and to enhance their development as professional nurses.

The program is offered in three semesters of concentrated study. Each semester is sixteen weeks commencing in the fall. Flexible scheduling permits study for the most part two days during the week. Blended and completely on-line courses are also included in the curriculum.

To qualify for the BS degree, students must complete 125 credits of which 60 prerequisite liberal arts and general education college credits are transferred. A maximum of 27 nursing credits may be transferred upon satisfactory completion of National League for Nursing NACE examinations as indicated in the most recent Student Handbook. Additional Program of Study credits may be awarded for Statistics, Pathophysiology and a 4-credit free elective beyond the 60 credits required for admission. The remaining credits must be taken in residence.


MS in Family Nurse Practitioner

The Master of Science (MS) in Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program prepares registered nurses with advanced theoretical knowledge, clinical judgment, and diagnostic skills that lay the foundation for the care of families across the age continuum.

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As advanced practice nurse, the FNP is prepared to provide comprehensive primary health care services to individuals and families across their life spans, implement evidence-based practice guidelines, critically analyze and implement health care interventions based on individualized assessments of individual/family needs. The FNP practices in the context of community, with advanced knowledge, and awareness of the specific needs of people from diverse populations and cultural backgrounds. FNPs practice primarily in ambulatory care settings. A primary emphasis of this advanced practice role is a holistic approach to management of family health through interdisciplinary collaboration. FNPs are among those who, according to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), contribute significantly to providing health care to underserved populations residing in both urban and rural settings.

The curriculum of the FNP program is based on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's Essentials document, delineating the outcomes expected of all graduates of master's nursing programs. It also reflects the recommendations of the advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) Consensus Model for APRN Regulation: Licensure, Accreditation, Certification, & Education (LACE). It also conforms to the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) educational guidelines and the National Task Force (NTF) Criteria for Evaluation of Nurse Practitioner Programs.

The program (44 credits) is designed to be completed in two years (six semesters) of full-time study. Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the national Family Nurse Practitioner certification examinations offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).


MS in Women's Health Nurse Practitioner

The Master of Science (MS) in Women's Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP) program prepares registered nurses with advanced theoretical knowledge, clinical judgment, and diagnostic skills that lay the foundation for the care of women throughout the lifespan.

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WHNPs provide comprehensive, culturally sensitive primary health care, though a holistic perspective that emphasizes health promotion and disease prevention to women throughout the lifespan. The WHNP is prepared to implement evidence-based practice guidelines, critically analyze and implement health care interventions based on individualized assessments of women's health care needs. The WHNP practices with advanced knowledge, and awareness of the specific needs of women from diverse populations and cultural backgrounds. A primary emphasis of this advanced practice role is a holistic approach to management of women's health, which is facilitated through interdisciplinary collaboration.

As advanced practice nurses, WHNPs perform comprehensive health assessments; conduct risk analyses; provide client education and counseling to promote wellness and prevent disease; diagnose and treat common health problems and acute and chronic conditions. The primary focus of the care provided by WHNPs is in the area of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

The curriculum of the WHNP program is based on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's Essentials document, delineating the outcomes expected of all graduates of master's nursing programs. It also reflects the recommendations of the advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) Consensus Model for APRN Regulation: on nursing guidelines established by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and reflects the recommendations of the advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) Consensus Model for APRN Regulation: Licensure, Accreditation, Certification, and Education (LACE). It also meets the guidelines of the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health.

The program (44 credits) is designed to be completed in two years (five semesters) of full-time study. Graduates of the program are eligible to apply for licensure in New York State and to sit for the national certification examination given by the National Certification Corporation (NCC), which is the certifying body for the Obstetric, Gynecologic and Neonatal advanced practice nurses.


MS in Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist

The Master of Science in Adult- Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist program is voluntarily closing following the expected date of graduation of all currently enrolled students. The program’s last day of operation as an accredited program will be May 31, 2017.

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As advanced practice nurse, the CNS is prepared to provide direct care to adults and older adults from diverse populations and cultural backgrounds including the frail elderly and their families, with multifaceted complex needs and help them navigate the health care systems. The CNS is prepared to influence nursing practice and outcomes through the application of research evidences within practice settings and intervene at the system level through policy development process and implement advocacy strategies to influence health care. In addition to the direct care role, the CNS is prepared to function as educator, researcher, and provide consultation to interdisciplinary colleagues. Team building, quality monitoring, and case management are key components of the CNS role.

The curriculum of the Adult Gerontology CNS program is based on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's Essentials document, delineating the outcomes expected of all graduates of master's nursing programs. It also reflects the recommendations of the advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) Consensus Model for APRN Regulationon nursing guidelines established by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and reflects the recommendations of the advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) Consensus Model for APRN Regulation: Licensure, Accreditation, Certification, & Education (LACE). It also conforms to the National Organization of Clinical Nurse Specialist (NACNS) Competency guidelines.

The program (41 credits) is designed to be completed in two years (five semesters) of full-time study. Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the Adult Gerontology CNS national certification examinations offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).


MS in Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist

The Master of Science in Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist program is voluntarily closing following the expected date of graduation of all currently enrolled students. The program’s last day of operation as an accredited program will be May 31, 2017.

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As advanced practice nurse, the Pediatric CNS is prepared to provide direct care to children and adolescents from diverse populations and cultural backgrounds in a variety of settings, play a role in primary prevention and management of common health care problems, mange children and adolescents with complex acute and chronic conditions and help families navigate the health care system. The CNS is prepared to influence nursing practice and outcomes through the application of research evidences within practice settings and intervene at the system level through policy development process and implement advocacy strategies to influence health care. In addition to the direct care role, the pediatric CNS is prepared to function as educator, researcher, and provide consultation to interdisciplinary colleagues. Team building, quality monitoring, and case management are key components of the CNS role.

The curriculum of the Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist program is based on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's Essentials document, delineating the outcomes expected of all graduates of master's nursing programs. It also reflects the recommendations of the advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) Consensus Model for APRN Regulationon nursing guidelines established by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and reflects the recommendations of the advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) Consensus Model for APRN Regulation: Licensure, Accreditation, Certification, and Education (LACE). It also conforms to the Core Competencies of the National Organization of Clinical Nurse Specialist (NACNS).

The program (41 credits) is designed to be completed in two years (five semesters) of full-time study. Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the Pediatric CNS national certification examinations offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).


MS in Nurse Anesthesia

The Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia program is voluntarily closing effective December 31, 2017, following the expected date of graduation of all currently enrolled students. The program’s last day of operation as an accredited program will be May 31, 2018.

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The Master of Science (MS) in Nurse Anesthesia program prepares critical care registered nurses with advanced knowledge, skills and critical thinking required to practice as nurse anesthetists.

The program prepares graduates to function in a wide array of clinical settings. Graduates are prepared to be competent advanced practice nurses, providing anesthesia care to patients across the lifespan at all levels of acuity, undergoing procedures of varying complexity. Certified nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) provide anesthetics to patients as independent practitioner or in collaboration with surgeons, anesthesiologists, dentists, podiatrists and other qualified healthcare professionals. As advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), they are given a high degree of autonomy and professional respect. They provide anesthesia care for patients before, during and after surgical and non-surgical procedures.

The curriculum of the Nurse Anesthesia program is based on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's Essentials document, delineating the outcomes expected of all graduates of master's nursing programs. It also reflects the recommendations of the advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) Consensus Model for APRN: Licensure, Accreditation, Certification and Education (LACE). It also meets the educational and clinical standards required by the Council on Accreditation (COA) of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.

Students receive their clinical training in various hospitals throughout the city: private, public, government, and state.

The program (61 credits) is designed to be completed in seven semesters, four of which on full-time study. Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the certification examination given by the National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists. Graduates far exceed the minimum of 550 cases required by the COA.

Accreditation

In addition to CCNE accreditation, the SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn Nurse Anesthesia Program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA), which is located at 222 Prospect Ave., Park Ridge, IL 60068. The COA can be contacted at 847-665-1160. The program is accredited through May 2018.

Program Statistics

  • Attrition rate for class graduating in December 2015: 0%
  • Employment of graduates within 6 months of graduation: 100%
  • Certification pass rate for first time takers who graduated December 2015: 91%

MS in Nurse Midwifery

The Master of Science (MS) in Nurse Midwifery program is offered in collaboration with the College of Health Related Professions (CHRP). The collaborative Nurse Midwifery program is designed for registered nurses with baccalaureate degrees in nursing who are entering the separately registered Advanced Certificate Program in Midwifery offered by CHRP and who wish to pursue an MS degree in Nurse Midwifery through the College of Nursing. CHRP's' Advanced Certificate Program in Midwifery, is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME).

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The MS in Nurse Midwifery program provides the students with advanced theoretical knowledge, clinical judgment, and diagnostic skills that lay the foundation for the management of women's health care and their newborns. The program prepares students to practice midwifery through a strong didactic component that includes advanced courses in pathophysiology, pharmacology, and health assessment.

As advanced practice nurses, Certified Nurse Midwives provide prenatal care, labor and delivery management, postpartum care, well-woman gynecologic care, and primary health care for normal, healthy women and their healthy newborns. They practice independently in a wide array of clinical settings and collaborate with physicians when women in their care develop complications.

The curriculum of the Nurse Midwifery program reflects the recommendations of the advanced practice registered nurse consensus model for APRN regulation: Licensure, Accreditation, Certification and Education (LACE). It also meets the American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM) Core Competencies and the ACNM Standards of Practice.

Upon completion of the program (38 credits at CHRP and 20 credits at CON), graduates are eligible to take the national certifying examination administered by the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB) to become a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM). Graduates are also eligible to register with New York State as a licensed midwife.


Advanced Certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner

The Advanced Certificate Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program is designed for registered nurses with Master of Science degree in nursing or in one of the advanced practice nursing roles. The program prepares registered nurses with the advanced theoretical knowledge, clinical judgment, and diagnostic skills that lay the foundation for the care of families across the age continuum.

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As advanced practice nurse, the FNP is prepared to provide comprehensive primary health care services to individuals and families across their life spans, implement evidence-based practice guidelines, critically analyze and implement health care interventions based on individualized assessments of individual/family needs. The FNP practices in the context of community, with advanced knowledge, and awareness of the specific needs of people from diverse populations and cultural backgrounds. FNPs practice primarily in ambulatory care settings. A primary emphasis of this advanced practice role is a holistic approach to management of family health through interdisciplinary collaboration. FNPs are among those who, according to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), contribute significantly to providing health care to underserved populations residing in both urban and rural settings.

The curriculum of the FNP program is based on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's Essentials document, delineating the outcomes expected of all graduates of master's nursing programs. It also reflects the recommendations of the advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) Consensus Model for APRN Regulation: Licensure, Accreditation, Certification, and Education (LACE). It also conforms to the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) educational guidelines and the National Task Force (NTF) Criteria for Evaluation of Nurse Practitioner Programs.

The program (35 credits) is designed to be completed in six semesters. Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the national Family Nurse Practitioner certification examinations offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).


Advanced Certificate in Women's Health Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

The Advanced Certificate in Women's Health Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program is designed for registered nurses with Master of Science degree in nursing or in one of the advanced practice nursing roles. The program prepares registered nurses with the advanced theoretical knowledge, clinical judgment, and diagnostic skills that lay the foundation for the care of women throughout the lifespan.

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Women's Health Nurse Practitioners (WHNP) provide comprehensive, culturally sensitive primary health care, though a holistic perspective that emphasizes health promotion and disease prevention to women throughout the lifespan. The WHNP is prepared to implement evidence-based practice guidelines, critically analyze and implement health care interventions based on individualized assessments of women's health care needs. The WHNP practices with advanced knowledge, and awareness of the specific needs of women from diverse populations and cultural backgrounds. A primary emphasis of this advanced practice role is a holistic approach to management of women's health, which is facilitated through interdisciplinary collaboration.

As advanced practice nurses, WHNPs perform comprehensive health assessments; conduct risk analyses; provide client education and counseling to promote wellness and prevent disease; diagnose and treat common health problems and acute and chronic conditions. The primary focus of the care provided by Women's health Nurse Practitioners is in the area of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

The curriculum of the WHNP program is based on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's Essentials document, delineating the outcomes expected of all graduates of master's nursing programs. It also reflects the recommendations of the advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) Consensus Model for APRN Regulation: Licensure, Accreditation, Certification, and Education (LACE). It also meets the guidelines of the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health.

The program (35 credits) is designed to be completed in five semesters. Graduates of the program are eligible to apply for licensure in New York State and to sit for the national certification examination given by the National Certification Corporation (NCC), which is the certifying body for the Obstetric, Gynecologic and Neonatal advanced practice nurses.


These nursing programs are approved and registered through the New York State Education Department's Office of the Professions, and are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).


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