Nursing (Dual Degree)

Earn Two Nursing Degrees in 4 Years and Become a Health Care Hero

Nursing is a calling, and at Keuka College, exceptional academic preparation is the bedrock of a nursing career.

The Dual Degree Nursing program offered by Keuka College and Finger Lakes Health College of Nursing & Health Sciences is 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 & Health Sciences, 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.

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Real Nursing Experience, Starting Your Freshman Year

Hands-on learning is an important part of your Nursing school experience.

In addition to your clinicals, you'll have the chance to complete two 140-hour Field Period® experiences. This will give you the chance to step outside your comfort zone, try something you’ve never done before, and fine-tune your practice area.

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Program Overview

Dual Degree

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 and Health Sciences, 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. 

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.

Be an RN Your Junior Year

At the end of your third year, you’ll graduate with an A.A.S. from Finger Lakes Health College of Nursing and Health Sciences 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.    

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.

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

 

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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.

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 Medical Center, Elmira, N.Y.
  • Camp Whitman, Dresden, N.Y.
  • Chenango County Health Department, Norwich, N.Y.
  • Crouse Hospital, Syracuse, N.Y.
  • Erway Ambulance Service Inc., 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.

Requirements for Freshman Admission

  • High school diploma/GED
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, with an 80% or higher final course grade in biology and chemistry
  • All science courses must have been completed within five years of application

Requirements for Transfer Admission

  • High school diploma/GED
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Minimum of 80% or higher final course grades in high school biology and chemistry. High school science courses can be waived with a "C" or better in college level chemistry and biology courses. If you have completed college level Anatomy & Physiology and earned a "C" or better, biology may be waived.
  • All science courses must have been completed within five years of application.

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Dr. Susan Bezek ’01

Associate Professor of Nursing
Clinical Coordinator

Academic Credentials

Capella University
Ph.D.
University of Rochester
M.S.
Keuka College
B.S.

Dr. Beth Hopkins

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Academic Credentials

St. John Fisher College
D.N.P. in Nursing Practice
Community General Hospital of Greater Syracuse
M.S. in Family Nurse Practitioner
University of Virginia
M.S. in Adult Nurse Practitioner
St. John Fisher College
B.S. in Nursing
Jamestown Community College
A.A.S in Nursing

Biography

Dr. Beth Hopkins brings decades of professional clinical experience as a Nurse Practitioner in Family Health. She has been involved extensively in both professional practice as a F.N.P. and administratively in the development and delivery of health care models for otolaryngology, allergy/asthma, sleep medicine, occupational health, and primary care.

As clinical faculty in nursing, Dr. Hopkins has taught at Virginia Commonwealth University and Upstate Medical University with her primary teaching focus at the graduate level, educating students in the nurse practitioner programs. Additionally, she has been involved in developing and teaching Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Care extensively across the health professions. Dr. Hopkins area of interest is in Pediatric Obstructive Sleep Apnea having conducted her doctoral clinical scholarship project on increasing the primary care providers competence and confidence in early detection and intervention of sleep-disordered breathing in young children.

Professional Interests

Otolaryngology, Allergy/Asthma, pediatric Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Interprofessional Education, and Collaborative Care.

Dr. Patty Mattingly

Associate Professor of Nursing
Program Director of B.S., Nursing

Academic Credentials

Robert Morris University
D.N.P.
University of Maryland
M.S.N.
George Mason University
B.S.

Dr. Jenniffer Mullen

Assistant Professor of Nursing
Laboratory Coordinator

Academic Credentials

Walden University
Ed.D.
Walden University
M.S.
Kaplan University
B.S.
Tompkins Cortland Community College
A.A.S

Stanley Wilczek

Assistant Professor of Management
Adjunct Instructor

Academic Credentials

Harvard University
A.M.P.
Syracuse University
M.B.A.
University at Buffalo
B.S.

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

Contact Information

Dr. Beth Russo ’98

Division Chair

Professor of Nursing

(315) 279-5273
erusso@keuka.edu