Dual Degree Partnership in Nursing (DDPN)

The Dual Degree Partnership in Nursing (DDPN) represents a unique articulation agreement between Le Moyne College's Department of Nursing and St. Joseph's College of Nursing at St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center. The DDPN requires two years of full-time study at Le Moyne College (years 1 & 4) and two years of full-time study at St. Joseph's College of Nursing (years 2 & 3) for high school graduates pursuing a nursing career.

Students attend Le Moyne College full time in Year 1, taking core liberal arts and science courses while adjusting to the rigors of college academics. They put their classroom learning into practice during Year 2 when they begin nursing courses and begin direct patient care at St. Joseph's College of Nursing. Students continue taking nursing courses at St. Joseph's for Year 3, graduate, and then take the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX). They return full time to Le Moyne College in Year 4 to complete the bachelor's degree program requirements. 

Learn more about the partnership with St. Joseph's College of Nursing here.

Year 1
Le Moyne College Nursing Student
  • Start full-time study at Le Moyne College and take science and liberal arts courses.

  • Be part of a dynamic campus community and take advantage of recreational and social activities, support services, and residential and academic learning communities.

  • Meet people with similar interests by joining one of the more than 70 student clubs and organizations at Le Moyne College.

  • Cheer on the Dolphins in NCAA Division II competition or play one of many intramural and club sports like football, basketball, soccer, volleyball, softball, swimming, track and hockey.

Nursing Student in Practice

  • Start full time at St. Joseph's College of Nursing while continuing to complete liberal arts requirements at Le Moyne.

  • Gain more than 180 hours of direct patient care experience each semester at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center.

  • Make extra money and gain additional direct patient care experience working part time as a student nursing assistant at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center.

*To progress into the nursing curriculum for Year 2 of the DDPN, students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 and a minimum grade of “C” (2.0) or better from a regionally accredited college or university in required coursework that must be completed during Year 1. 

Nursing Student Nursing a Baby

  • Continue nursing courses at St. Joseph's College of Nursing and clinical with up to 225 hours at St. Joseph's Hospital and other community agencies. 

  • Earn an associate’s degree in applied science.

  • Participate in the Commitment to Nursing Ceremony—a tradition at St. Joseph’s for more than 100 years.

  • Eligible for the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX), on which St. Joseph’s graduates consistently score above the state and national average and, if successful, work as a RN.

Nursing Dual Degree Program Students
  • Complete the nursing curriculum at Le Moyne.

  • Graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in nursing.

  • Enter a profession with excellent job placement and get started on a rewarding career.
Campus Life
DDPN students live on the Le Moyne campus for all four years. There, they may enjoy an array of social and cultural events, such as concerts, films, lectures, club meetings and more. Only three miles separate Le Moyne from St. Joseph’s College of Nursing, giving students in Years 2 and 3 easy access between campuses.
DDPN students may participate in club and intramural sports at Le Moyne College. They also have full use of Le Moyne’s recreation center—a modern facility with a swimming pool, fitness center, weight room, elevated jogging track, racquetball courts and more. 

Patient Care
St. Joseph’s College of Nursing integrates direct patient care experience into every aspect of the curriculum. Students may also practice their skills in St. Joseph’s state-of-the-art simulation lab. Because they gain so much direct patient care experience, graduates enjoy plentiful job opportunities, including those at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center.
Student Support
The DDPN offers several options to help students make a smooth transition from high school to college, including: 

• Nursing Residential and Academic Learning Community in which first year students reside near one another, creating opportunities for group study and shared community service projects. 

• Academic Support Center, offering tutoring services and seminars on topics such as time management and study skills.

• Regular faculty advising, peer mentoring, support groups and first-year advisement seminar. 

Get in Touch

Contact the Administrative Assistant for Undergraduate Nursing:

Department of Nursing


(315) 445-5435


Contact the Department:

Department of Undergraduate Nursing
Grewen Hall 204
Le Moyne College
1419 Salt Springs Road,
Syracuse, NY 13214


(315) 445-5435