Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), this rigorous
program is designed for students interested in preparing for professional practice
as a Registered Nurse (RN). Classroom lectures, college laboratories, and clinical
experiences in local health care agencies provide the foundation of knowledge for
professional nursing practice.
Due to an overwhelming interest in nursing, entrance into the DCC program is highly
competitive and only open to residents of Dutchess and Putnam counties. You must have resided in Dutchess County for six months and New York State for one
year, prior to submitting your application.
Upon completion of the program, the A.A.S. graduate is eligible to sit for the National
Council Licensure Examination for RNs.
The Dutchess Community College graduate nurse is educated to become a licensed Registered
Professional Nurse who practices within the scope of the New York State Nurse Practice
Act and the American Nurses Association Code of Ethics. As an integral member of the
health care team, the graduate advocates and cares for patients and their families
using nursing judgment guided by evidence-based practice.
Nursing, an essential component of the health care system, is based on the core values
of caring, integrity and acceptance with respect to diversity. Using a patient-centered
approach, nurses assist individuals, their families and significant support persons
to make informed health care choices including prevention, disease management, and
The philosophy of the Associate Degree Nursing (AD) program complements the philosophy
of Dutchess Community College, which has the mutual goal to provide excellence in
education to a diverse student body.
The nursing faculty believes the associate degree nursing curriculum provides the
basic education necessary to practice as a registered nurse with multiple populations
in a variety of settings. In order to meet evolving health care needs, students are
encouraged to pursue advanced nursing degrees.
The practice of nursing incorporates evidence-based knowledge, which requires rigorous
intellectual inquiry, critical thinking, and an understanding based on the arts, sciences
and humanities. Communication and collaboration with other members of the health care
team are essential to deliver safe and quality patient care.
The curriculum is based on a conceptual framework incorporating basic needs, adaptation,
human development, and applied science. While psychomotor skills and technology competence
are essential in contemporary health care, they must be based on sound nursing judgment.
Nursing education incorporates knowledge from other disciplines and integrates it
with its own body of knowledge. Collectively, the classroom, college laboratory and
clinical settings provide opportunities for students to make clinical judgments, reflect
on ethical concerns and prepare them for safe nursing practice. Myriad experiential
activities emphasize student-centered learning in an atmosphere that encourages curiosity
and active participation.
For continuous improvement of the nursing program, the faculty believes in the ongoing
process of assessment and evaluation.
The Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Nursing is registered by the New York
State Education Department and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education
in Nursing (ACEN) 3343 Peachtree Road NE Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326: (404)
975-5000, Fax: (404) 975 5020. http://www.acenursing.org/. (Formerly known as National League of Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC).
The Department of Nursing is a member of the Council of Associate Degree Nursing in
New York (CADN), the National Association for Associate Degree Nursing (NOADN), and
the National League for Nursing (NLN).