Accelerated Dual Degree Partnership in Nursing (A-DDPN)

Accelerated Dual Degree Partnership in Nursing (A-DDPN)

This 18-month option is specifically designed for candidates with a bachelor’s (BA or BS) degree in another field who are interested in pursuing nursing education for a career as a registered nurse.

The A-DDPN program of study awards both the associate’s degree and bachelor’s degree in nursing. The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree from St. Joseph’s College of Nursing (SJCON) allows students to qualify for NCLEX-RN® examination (National Council Licensure Examination)1 and professional Registered Nursing (RN) licensure. The Bachelor of Science degree in nursing is awarded from Le Moyne College.2


The NCLEX-RN® first time pass rate at SJCON is consistently higher than the state and national averages.


All 28 credits of BS-level nursing courses must be earned at Le Moyne for a student to be granted the BS degree in nursing.

Admission Criteria

  • Bachelor’s degree (BA or BS) in another discipline from an accredited school.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 from the non-nursing bachelor’s degree preferred (consideration may be given to applicants with a cumulative GPA of 2.8 to 2.99).
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 in pre-requisite courses.
  • Favorable letter of recommendation that addresses academic ability and nursing potential.
  • Typewritten personal statement.
  • Personal interview with faculty member/administrative staff from either the Department of Nursing at Le Moyne College or St. Joseph’s College of Nursing may be required.

Admission into the A-DDPN does not guarantee admission or transfer into any other program option at either institution.

Prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of “C”:

Prerequisite Courses
Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II (including labs)8
Microbiology (including lab)4
Introduction to Psychology3
Introduction to Sociology3
Human Growth and Development (also known as Developmental Psychology)
Statistics 3
Chemistry or Regents Chemistry in High School3
Critical Writing3
Selected Elective 300-400 Level3
Total Credit Hours30

Application Deadline

For a July start date, the application deadline is November 1st of the prior year.

Plan of Study Grid
Year I
Term I: July-DecemberCredit Hour
SJCON - Weekend:  
NSG 110 Foundations of Nursing and Health7
NSG 111 Nursing Assessment and Skills I2
NSG 120 Health and Illness Across the Lifespan4
NSG 121 Nursing Assessment and Skills II2
 Credit Hours15
Le Moyne - Weekday:  
NSG 330 Professional Issues and Trends 3
 Credit Hours3
Le Moyne - Weekday:  
BSC 345 Pathophysiology 3
NSG 350 Research in Nursing 3
 Credit Hours6
Term II:January-June
SJCON - Weekend:  
NSG 122 Family Health4
NSG 210 Holistic Health Care5
NSG 211 Nursing Assessment and Skills III2
NSG 212 Health Care Systems5
 Credit Hours16
Le Moyne- Weekday:  
NSG 411 Nursing and Health Policy 3
 Credit Hours3
Le Moyne - Weekday:  
NSG 421 Global Perspective on Family Health 3
NSG 410 Management and Leadership in Nursing 3
 Credit Hours6
Year II
Term III:July-December
SJCON- Weekend:  
NSG 213 Transition Into Professional Practice9
NSG 214 Nursing Assessment and Skills IV1
PHL 346 Ethics and the Nurse3
 Credit Hours13
Le Moyne - Weekday:  
NSG 461 Principles of Teaching and Learning 3
NSG 315 Health Assessment 3
 Credit Hours6
Le Moyne - Weekday:  
NSG 440 Community Health 4
 Credit Hours4
 Total Credit Hours72

NOTE: All 28 credits must be taken at Le Moyne to meet residency requirements to earn a degree. No transfer credit will be granted for BS-level coursework taken at another institution.

If a student is dismissed from either the associate's degree or bachelor's degree portion of the A-DDPN for academic or integrity issues, the student is automatically withdrawn from the A-DDPN.