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About Nursing (Dual Degree) at Keuka College

Exceptional academic preparation is the bedrock of a nursing career, and Keuka College and Finger Lakes Health College of Nursing offer an unbeatable opportunity. For nearly a century, Keuka College and FLHCON have each earned reputations as leaders in nursing education. And now, for the first time, we’ve partnered together to offer this dual degree program.

As a student, you’ll benefit from the state-of-the-art facilities at Keuka College, Finger Lakes Health College of Nursing, and Geneva General Hospital. You’ll learn the essentials of patient care and nursing practice, gain incredible hands-on experience through Field Period®, and graduate on the cutting edge of health care technology and health informatics thanks to Digital Learning at Keuka College. 

Nursing (Dual Degree) Program Highlights

Dual Degree

You’ll earn degrees from Keuka College (B.S.) and Finger Lakes Health College of Nursing (A.A.S.). And you’ll be an RN by the end of your junior year.

Outstanding Facilities

From classrooms to hospital rooms, Keuka College and Finger Lakes Health College of Nursing have outstanding, cutting-edge facilities that mimic real-world practice environments.

Field Period®

Your Field Period® will challenge you to reach beyond your comfort zone to explore various nursing roles. Travel overseas or across the street—the choice is up to you!

Explore Nursing (Dual Degree)

Program Overview

The Keuka College/Finger Lakes Health College of Nursing 1+2+1 Dual Degree program provides you the chance to experience the best of both worlds. Keuka College is a top-notch private, liberal-arts college with a history of nursing education dating back to World War II. Finger Lakes Health College of Nursing, located on the campus of Geneva General Hospital, is renowned for its hands-on, clinical-based education. As a nursing student, you’ll take courses on both campuses, taught by professors from both institutions. Don’t worry about travel or registration though—we’ve made the process entirely seamless for you.

Even though you’ll attend classes at two different institutions, you’ll have the option of living on Keuka College’s campus with more than 1,000 other students. You can participate in athletics, join extracurricular activities, and much more.

At the end of your third year, you’ll graduate with an A.A.S. from Finger Lakes Health College of Nursing and will be eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN—the exam that qualifies you for licensure as a registered nurse. At the end of your senior year, you’ll earn a bachelor’s degree from Keuka College. 

No other nursing program provides this level of flexibility, academic rigor, and hands-on experience.    

How the Program Works: Year-by-Year Overview

 Year  Primary Campus  Highlights
 1  Keuka College General Education
Liberal Arts Classes
Nursing Introduction
 2  FLHCON and Keuka College General Education
Liberal Arts Classes
Clinical Nursing Courses
 3  FLHCON and Keuka College Clinical Nursing Courses
General Education
Liberal Arts Classes
 4  Keuka College Upper-Level Nursing Courses

Through the use of research and evidence based practice, health promotion, group collaboration, and leadership principles, you’ll gain the personal and professional confidence needed to become a baccalaureate-prepared nurse. You’ll take courses in professional development, leadership, community/population health, Spanish and American Sign Language, health assessment, Field Period®, and more--all designed to enhance your role as a nurse and to help you pinpoint your career interests and expertise.

Faculty

Keuka College and Finger Lakes Health College of Nursing maintain outstanding reputations as leaders in nursing education. Our nursing faculties are seasoned professionals and innovative educators who are committed to your success. They serve as role models, leaders, practitioners, and advocates who are dedicated to helping you achieve your goals.

Our faculty have expertise in adult and family health care, diabetes management and education, human subject protection, endocrinology, trauma care, cardiopulmonary, pediatrics, lactation, K-12 permanent counseling and teaching, nursing home administration, neonatal care, home health care, peri-anesthesia, obstetrics, bereavement counseling, and health education. 

Keuka College's nursing faculty is listed below, and you can see a list of Finger Lakes Health College of Nursing's faculty here.

Faculty in the Division of Nursing

Digital Learning

Health care relies heavily on the development of digital and technological systems in order to promote continuous improvement both within an organization, and in the lives of the patients we treat.

As a bachelor’s-prepared nurse, you’ll study genetics, epidemiology, and leadership while exploring big data and systems analysis. You’ll learn a wide variety of micro and macro computing strategies, allowing you to grow in your understanding of digital systems to improve patient care, and help advance the health of vulnerable populations.

Global Education

Many nursing students covet the opportunity to travel internationally during their Field Period® experience. International Field Period® experiences offer you an opportunity to travel abroad and experience a new culture without the time commitment of a traditional study-abroad program. Previous nursing students have experienced personal and professional growth during trips to El Salvador, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, and the United Kingdom. 

Research

As a student in the dual degree program, you’ll receive instruction deeply rooted in the evaluation of both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies.

The immediate application of research findings to your nursing practice will foster a learning platform in the classroom and within your future day-to-day practice. An introductory course in Nursing Research will provide the principles of scientific inquiry, as well as the opportunity to define a research problem and to initiate a literature search. Continuous research, analysis, and inquiry will be the foundation for your success throughout the duration of the program.

Experiential Learning

As a nursing student, you will complete two 140-hour Field Period® experiences as part of your degree requirements. Field Period® gives you the opportunity to step outside your comfort zone and try something you’ve never done before. You might choose to join a group expedition to Costa Rica or the Dominican Republic, or complete an individual experience within your organization. Other examples of Field Period® sites include:

  • AIDS Community Resources, Syracuse, N.Y.
  • Arnot Odgen MedicalCenter, Elmira, N.Y.
  • Camp Whitman, Dresden, N.Y.
  • Chenango County HealthDepartment, Norwich, N.Y.
  • Crouse Hospital, Syracuse, N.Y.
  • Erway Ambulance ServiceInc., Elmira, N.Y.
  • Finger Lakes Migrant Health, Penn Yan, N.Y.
  • Geneva General Hospital, Geneva, N.Y.
  • Hmong Christian District – Medical Mission to Laos
  • Hospice of the Finger Lakes, Auburn, N.Y.
  • Mission of Miracles – Medical Mission to Honduras
  • Rochester General Hospital, Rochester, N.Y.
  • South Port Correctional Facility, Pine City, N.Y.
  • The Healing Tree, Newark, N.Y.

Accreditation

Keuka College is accredited by the New York State Board of Regents and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The CCNE address is: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036. Telephone: (202) 887-6791.

Finger Lakes Health College of Nursing is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The ACEN address is: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326. Telephone: (404) 975-5000.

The Dual Degree program is registered by

University of the State of New York,
The State Education Department, Office of the Professions,
Division of Professional Licensing Services
89 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12234-1000
www.op.nysed.gov; 518-474-3817, ext. 280

Keuka College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Those with questions may contact the organization at:

Middle States Commission on Higher Education
3624 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Telephone: (267) 284-5000

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Finger Lakes Health College of Nursing is accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). Those with questions may contact the organization at:

Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES)
7777 Leesburg Pike Suite 314
N Falls Church, VA 22043
Phone: 703-917-9503

Admissions Requirements

You may apply to the Nursing (Dual Degree) program either through the Keuka College or Finger Lakes Health College of Nursing website. Admissions requirements include:

  • High school diploma or GED.
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5, with an 80% or higher in biology and chemistry.
  • All science courses must have been completed within five years of application. 
  • If you have completed Anatomy & Physiology and earned a "C" or better, biology may be waived. 
  • Satisfactory references

Apply online beginning Feb. 1, 2017

What can you do with this degree?

Thinking about your future career? Here are some sample job titles that people with similar degrees have at organizations around the country.

• CCU Nurse
• Clinical Nurse Specialist
• CNS
• Community Health Nurse
• Coronary Care Unit Nurse
• Emergency Room RN
• Endoscopy Registered Nurse
• Hospice Registered Nurse
• Obstetrical Nurse
• Oncology Registered Nurse
• PACU Nurse
• Pediatric Registered Nurse
• Post-Anesthesia Care Unit Nurse
• Psychiatric Nurse
• Registered Nurse
• RN
• Triage Registered Nurse
• Advanced Nursing Professor
• Clinical Nursing Instructor
• Clinical Nursing Professor
• Registered Nursing Professor
• Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
• Adult Nurse Practitioner
• Cardiology Nurse Practitioner
• Certified Nurse Practitioner
• Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
• Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner

Demand & Salary Data

Career Group Career Summary Median Annual Wage in 2015sort ascending Predicted Openings Between 2014 and 2024 Change in Demand for These Jobs, 2024 vs. 2014 Education Typically Needed
Nurse Practitioners

Diagnose and treat acute, episodic, or chronic illness, independently or as part of a healthcare team. May focus on health promotion and disease prevention. May order, perform, or interpret diagnostic tests such as lab work and x rays. May prescribe medication. Must be registered nurses who have specialized graduate education.

$98,190 74,700 44,700 Master's degree
Registered Nurses

Assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records. Administer nursing care to ill, injured, convalescent, or disabled patients. May advise patients on health maintenance and disease prevention or provide case management. Licensing or registration required. Includes Clinical Nurse Specialists.

$67,490 1,088,400 439,300 Bachelor's degree
Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary

Demonstrate and teach patient care in classroom and clinical units to nursing students. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

$67,480 25,400 13,200 Master's degree

Data Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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