March 15, 2015

Suffolk Centers Adding Programs For Nurses, Vets

Upadte: The Sayville Center has closed but the Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science (R.N. to B.S.) degree is still offered at Adelphi.

Come Fall 2015, Adelphi University’s Suffolk Centers will offer new master’s degree programs in nursing and new bachelor’s degree programs for veterans.

So said Linn Cartagena, Adelphi’s associate director of Suffolk County centers and head of the program at Sayville Downtown Center.

The number of Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science (R.N. to B.S.) in Nursing students in Sayville has soared to 95, she pointed out. That’s up sharply from 17 in Fall 2012, when it began as Adelphi’s first program there.

Sayville’s first R.N. to B.S. cohort graduated in May 2014. All told, 22 students graduated through December 2014. “Our students range from seasoned professionals to recent community college graduates,” Cartagena said.

“One of the key factors in both attracting students and the retention of the students is the personal service and care they receive. We meet with each and every student each semester to not only plan their schedules but to review where they are going and how the semesters are going.

“We have a strong cohort looking to move on for their master’s once they have completed their B.S. degrees.…We’re currently looking to start a master’s program for the graduating students at the University’s Hauppauge Education and Conference Center,” she said.

That will start in September 2015 with master’s degree programs in nursing administration and public health, she added.

“We are also looking to begin a new program in Fall 2015 for veterans in Suffolk who want to get their bachelor’s degree,” she said. That will be in Sayville, she said, “with hopes that they may move on to Hauppauge for social work graduate studies or to Garden City for other areas of grad school. The concentration will be on the University College social science degree, although we are also looking into the possibility of emergency management.”


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