Dual Degree Partnership in Nursing (DDPN)

The DDPN represents a unique articulation agreement between Le Moyne College and St. Joseph’s College of Nursing at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center. This 1+2+1 DDPN requires two years of fulltime study at Le Moyne College (years one and four) and two years of full-time study at St. Joseph’s College of Nursing (years two and three) to satisfy both the associate degree and bachelor degree requirements (see the following DDPN curriculum plan).

In addition to the B.S. program objectives, the purposes of this articulation model are to:

  • Provide an innovative approach that contributes to the recruitment and retention of applicants pursuing nursing education.
  • Promote the smooth transition of qualified applicants intending to complete the DDPN at Le Moyne College and St. Joseph’s College of Nursing.
  • Provide students with a dynamic four-year living and learning campus environment at Le Moyne that enhances their personal and educational development.

Admission Criteria for DDPN Students

See admission process and requirements for full-time freshmen under Enrollment Information, General Information in this catalog.

High school seniors are required to apply simultaneously to both Le Moyne College and St. Joseph’s College of Nursing by completing a Le Moyne College application, which serves as a joint application to both institutions. The decision to admit students considered qualified for the DDPN will be at the sole discretion of the appropriate admissions committee of each college. Progression of students to the second year of the DDPN at St. Joseph’s College of Nursing will be decided prior to the fall semester of enrollment. Agreement on the number of students accepted each year into the DDPN will be at the discretion of the two institutions.

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

High school seniors who are accepted to the DDPN must meet all of the conditions of their acceptance as required by each individual college. Students already enrolled in their first year of study at Le Moyne College who have not previously applied for and/or been accepted to the DDPN may be considered for acceptance as a change of major internal transfer on an individual basis. Because of limited space, this is a very competitive process based on the pool of applicants. In addition, a very limited number of students who have completed college credits at another institution can be considered on an individual basis for acceptance to the DDPN as an external transfer.

Students admitted to the Dual Degree Partnership in Nursing (DDPN) apply for full-time financial aid from Le Moyne College in years one and four and full-time financial aid from St. Joseph’s College of Nursing in years two and three of the program of study. It is important to note the following information in pursuing this curriculum plan:

  1. If students are involved in a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) sport, scholarships can only apply during years one and four of the program. Given the rigor of the curriculum, students who choose to become involved in athletics are encouraged to join a club sports team.
  2. If students are awarded a Le Moyne Scholarship, it will only apply for years one and four while they are full-time at Le Moyne.

Students will be admitted to Le Moyne College as undeclared majors and will declare their major as Nursing at the completion of the third year of study at St. Joseph’s College of Nursing and prior to beginning their fourth year of study at Le Moyne College.

  • Students must meet the academic, health, technical standards and financial requirements of both institutions.
  • Students must maintain full-time status while enrolled in the first and fourth years at Le Moyne College and the second and third years at St. Joseph’s College of Nursing
  • Students must live on the Le Moyne campus or be a commuter student during all four years of study.
  • Students must successfully complete all first-year courses at Le Moyne College prior to beginning the second year of study at St. Joseph’s College of Nursing.
  • It is expected that once a student is accepted into the DDPN, all lower division liberal arts and science courses in the curriculum will be taken and successfully completed through Le Moyne College as per the DDPN program of study plan. If a course needs to be repeated or if an exceptional circumstance exists, a waiver of this policy will be considered on an individual basis. However, please be aware that this waiver, if granted, may have potential financial or other implications.

Verification of eligibility for progression to St. Joseph’s College of Nursing following the first year at Le Moyne College must be submitted in writing by the Chair of the Department of Nursing to the Dean of the St. Joseph’s College of Nursing no later than March 30th prior to the fall semester of the second year of study. Evidence for progression requires:

  • A written report from the Chair of nursing at Le Moyne College of the student’s academic status related to achievement of course work in year one.
  • An official transcript from Le Moyne College to be sent to the dean at St. Joseph’s after the student’s completion of the spring semester of year one. To progress to year two, the student must be in good standing with a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 2.75 by the end of the spring semester prior to progressing to the fall semester at St. Joseph's College of Nursing and also minimum grade of “C” or above must be earned in the five required liberal arts and sciences courses completed during year one as indicated in the program of study.
  • If a student is dismissed from either the associate's degree or bachelor's degree portion of the DDPN for academic or integrity issues, the student is automatically withdrawn from the DDPN.

To meet the graduation requirements for the Associate Degree in Applied Science (A.A.S.) from St. Joseph’s College of Nursing, students must satisfy the required course work as designed in the DDPN curriculum plan.

Upon successful completion of the St. Joseph’s Associate Degree nursing program, students will have earned an A.A.S. degree with a major in nursing and are expected to successfully challenge the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX) for licensure as a Registered Professional Nurse in the summer between the third and fourth years of study.

Progression into the fourth year of full-time study at Le Moyne College for completion of the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in nursing requires the student to have a minimum G.P.A. of 2.0 and evidence of R.N. licensure.

Typical Program for Dual Degree Partnership in Nursing (1+2+1 Plan)

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
First SemesterCredit Hour
BSC 201 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 1 4
WRT 101 Critical Writing 1, 2 3
HST 110 World Civilization I 3
PSY 101 Introductory Psychology 1 3
COR 100 First Year Seminars: Transitions 3
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
BSC 202 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 1 4
ENG 210 Major Authors 3 3
HST 111 World Civilization II 3
SOC 101 Introductory Sociology 1 3
NSG 330 Professional Issues and Trends 3
A cumulative GPA of 2.75 must be achieved by the end of the spring semester of Year I to remain enrolled in the DDPN.  
 Credit Hours16
Intersession
Optional Summer Session  
 Credit Hours0
Sophomore Year
First Semester
NSG 110 4 7
NSG 111 4 2
PSY 220 4 3
PHL 110 Introduction to Philosophy 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
NSG 120 4 4
NSG 121 4 2
NSG 122 4 4
BSC 205 4 4
PHL 210 Moral Philosophy 3
 Credit Hours17
Intersession
Optional Summer Session  
 Credit Hours0
Junior Year
First Semester
NSG 210 4 5
NSG 211 4 2
NSG 212 4 5
BSC 345 Pathophysiology 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
NSG 213 4 9
NSG 214 4 1
PHL 346 4 3
NSG 315 Health Assessment 3
Study for and take NCLEX exam  
 Credit Hours16
Senior Year
First Semester
ENG 310 Literature and Culture 3
NSG 350 Research in Nursing 3
NSG 410 Management and Leadership in Nursing 6 3
Selected Elective (300 or 400 level and related to health care) 3
MTH 110
Introduction to Statistics I (no Computer Lab) 7
or Introduction to Statistics I (with Computer Lab)
3-4
THE 100-THE 400 Level 3
 Credit Hours18-19
Second Semester
NSG 421 Global Perspective on Family Health 3
REL 100-400 (Core) 3
NSG 411 Nursing and Health Policy 3
NSG 440 Community Health 6 4
NSG 461 Principles of Teaching and Learning 3
COR 400 Senior Studies: Transformations 3
Service Learning Completed (A total of 10 service learning hours are required for graduation)  
 Credit Hours19
Intersession
Optional Summer Session - 2 courses from Year IV  
 Credit Hours0
 Total Credit Hours132-133
1

Required for progression to the nursing program at St. Joseph’s and a minimum grade of C must be earned in each course.

2

WRT 100 Introduction to Critical Writing may need to be taken before enrolling in WRT 101 Critical Writing depending on outcome of entry English placement exam.

3

If WRT 100 Introduction to Critical Writing is taken in the first semester and successfully completed, then WRT 101 Critical Writing must be taken in the second semester and ENG 210 Major Authors in the summer session.

4

These courses are part of St. Joseph's program of study and are taken at St. Joseph's College:

  • NSG 110 Foundations of Nursing and Health
  • NSG 111 Nursing Assessment and Skills I
  • PSY 220 Human Life Span Development
  • NSG 120 Health and Illness Across the Lifespan
  • NSG 121 Nursing Assessment and Skills II
  • NSG 122 Family Health
  • BSC 205 Microbiology
  • NSG 210 Holistic Health Care
  • NSG 211 Nursing Assessment and Skills III
  • NSG 212 Health Care Systems
  • NSG 213 Transition into Professional Practice
  • NDG 214 Nursing Assessment and Skills IV
  • PHL 346 Ethics
5

BSC 345 Pathophysiology and the Selected Elective are major support courses for the B.S. degree and a minimum grade of C must be earned in these courses.

6

Includes clinical hours

7

May take MTH 111 Introduction to Statistics I (with Computer Lab) as substitute. MTH 110 Introduction to Statistics I (no Computer Lab)/MTH 111 Introduction to Statistics I (with Computer Lab) is a major support course for the B.S. degree and a minimum of C must be earned in this course.