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Message From The Dean

Tammy Austin-Ketch, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANPTammy Austin-Ketch, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP

On behalf of the faculty, staff and students I would like to welcome you to the SUNY Upstate Medical University College of Nursing. It continues to be the only nursing program in the region that is part of an academic medical university. We are an institution that remains committed to protecting the health of our community while continuing to stay focused on academics, research, community engagement and public service.

It has been my privilege to lead the SUNY Upstate Medical University College of Nursing since 2018.  Diversity, equity, and inclusion are necessary to achieve both academic and institutional excellence. At the SUNY Upstate Medical University College of Nursing we are deliberate in our efforts to ensure that each student, staff and faculty feel a sense of belonging and know that their contributions are valued and are an essential part of our institutional success.

We recognize the growing demand for highly-qualified nurses in leadership roles, clinical care, teaching, and research and have designed our programs around the idea that nurses can have a great career and a great life while getting a great education. Nursing faculty are lifelong learners who are abreast of changes in technology, medicine and teaching and continue to play an essential role in reshaping and delivering quality healthcare.

Education continues to be an integral part of our college’s mission to leverage the powerful, professional voice of Nursing through outstanding education, clinical expertise and research to improve health across the communities we serve. Central to the success of our students are faculty who have dedicated themselves to preparing and mentoring future generations of nurses.

COVID-19 has made the past two years especially challenging to higher education. As dean of the College of Nursing, I am proud to report that our faculty, students and staff has spent many hours on Zoom, in virtual clinical, in virtual classrooms, simulation labs, doing research or volunteering their time in vaccine clinics. This Spring, students were able to return to campus including being able to celebrate their first in-person commencement in two years since the pandemic. It was evidence of the resilience of our students, faculty and staff who have had to navigate ongoing challenges of the pandemic to ensure the educational success of our nursing students.

I would like to take this opportunity to encourage all of you who are beginning or enriching your professional nursing career to explore the Upstate Medical University College of Nursing and we look forward to helping you reach your career goals and becoming future healthcare leaders.


Sincerely Yours,

Tammy Austin-Ketch, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP
Dean and Professor, Upstate Medical University College of Nursing