Schools mark first joint-admissions nursing class

First is first: The Suffolk-Stony Brook Nursing First Program is Long Island's first-ever joint-admissions nursing program.

Two collaborating regional medical programs will soon churn out more nurses, with students going in one school and coming out another.

The Stony Brook University School of Nursing and Suffolk County Community College are slated to sign a deal Tuesday launching the Suffolk-Stony Brook Nursing First Program, which will see students automatically transfer between the two institutions.

According to the memorandum of understanding to be signed by SCCC President Shaun McKay and Kenneth Kaushansky, Stony Brook Medicine’s senior vice president of health sciences and dean of the SBU School of Medicine, qualifying students will be accepted first into Suffolk’s Associate of Science Degree in Nursing program, and upon completion will move directly into Stony Brook Medicine’s Registered Nurse Baccalaureate Program.

The baccalaureate program already accepts transfer students with associate degrees in nursing and other majors, though only SCCC students registered in the Nursing First Program are guaranteed acceptance.

The Nursing First Program, scheduled to begin this fall with an initial class of 65 students, marks Long Island’s first-ever joint-admissions nursing program, according to SBU.

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