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July 18, 2006

Farmingdale State To Offer B.S. in Nursing

Farmingdale State University of New York will offer its first B.S. degree in Nursing starting in the fall 2006 semester.

Official approval was communicated to the campus by college President Jonathan Gibralter on July 12. Approval came from the State Education Department and the State University of New York. Since 1961, Farmingdale State has offered associate degrees in nursing and has graduated thousands of registered nurses. It is expected that many of those graduates will applaud the opportunity to further their education and enhance their career opportunities through enrollment in this new program.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing specifically targets graduating high school seniors and will satisfy the educational requirements for licensing as registered nurses. This program addresses the need for more nurses educated at the baccalaureate level, who will be able to supervise nursing care delivered in community settings. Additionally these graduates will be educated to move into leadership positions. Increasing the number of administrators qualified to effect change in the nursing profession is vital to improve workplace satisfaction and retention.

The 130 credit program will prepare graduates for social and cultural growth, as well as career and professional growth. Students begin the study of nursing in the first year with two one-credit courses designed to stimulate critical thinking and socialize them into the profession. Students take their first clinical course at the end of their second year. This prepares them for the possibility of working as nursing assistants over the summer. In their final semester, students will complete a senior practicum, which is a concentrated clinical experience in a particular area of interest. This practicum is designed to take place in a healthcare facility in which the student could be employed upon graduation.

The college currently offers the associate degree in nursing, as well as certificate programs in Health Studies and Practical Nursing.