Dean's Welcome

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Lori A. Escallier, PhD, RN, CPNP-PC, FAAN
Dean and Professor

Welcome to the SUNY Downstate College of Nursing! By perusing our updated nursing website, you have just initiated step 1 to changing, focusing and re-directing your life. Trust me, as with frequent shifts in technology, the expectations of nursing – as well as the rewards in the discipline – are constantly changing.  Nursing is a dynamic profession with a plethora of career and life changing opportunities.

The uniqueness of attending SUNY Downstate is a diverse kaleidoscope of ethnicities, which spawn and foster a very real, authentic, genuine, multicultural setting. With this setting as a backdrop, SUNY Downstate provides a plethora of pathways for you to impact the nursing profession in the areas that are of greatest interest to you. In some way, in some place, someday soon you will have the opportunity to use your education earned at SUNY Downstate to help save or bring comfort to those that are experiencing health related needs. In effect, your educational roots will be Brooklyn, but the fruits of your labor will be the world!

As a well-established college of nursing, embedded within a dynamic, academic medical center, our faculty are experienced in educating committed and goal-oriented students to become powerful, nurse leaders. Our students will be equipped to deliver healthcare to diverse populations with the utmost confidence.

SUNY Downstate affords innovative state-of-the-art educational programs are derived from superlative planning and quality deliverance.  SUNY Downstate offers two pathways to the baccalaureate degree:

  • RN-to- BS degree for registered nurses
  • 15-month accelerated BS program for second degree students

Additionally, SUNY Downstate offers multiple Master's programs:

  • Master of Science in Women's Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Family Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing Education

SUNY Downstate also offers Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Post-Graduate Certificates in Women's Health, Family Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Educator.

Our Doctor of Nursing Practice program is designed to prepare experts in nursing practice. Our program provides the educational foundation in quality improvement, evidenced based practice, and systems leadership.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program and the post-graduate APRN certificate program at Downstate are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, a nationally recognized accrediting body for baccalaureate and higher degree programs of nursing.

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
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Washington, DC 20002, 202-887-6791

Our administrative staff, faculty, clinical partners, alumni and even our own students work in close concert and harmony, to make your educational experience one that is professional but yet personally rewarding, as well as memorable.

The educational seed  has been sewn and now is the time to expand your nursing roots and consider the College of Nursing, and SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University, an intelligent choice for your collegiate future. With the office phone to my right, and the computer to my left, you are highly encouraged to contact Dr. Lori Escallier at (718) 270-7632 or email me at  

All the Best,
Dr. Escallier