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Upstate's College of Nursing partners with SUNY Canton to offer nursing doctorate remotely

Upstate Medical University and SUNY Canton have inked an new partnership that will give North Country nurses a new path to earn their advanced nursing degrees.

Representatives from both colleges recently signed a memorandum of understanding allowing Upstate Medical to offer their Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree remotely through SUNY Canton's Margaret D. Sovie School of Nursing. 

SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran said the new arrangement will present more opportunities for area nurses to advance their careers. 

"We created this partnership to help address the critical shortage of highly trained and expert nurses in our immediate area," Szafran said. "As an added benefit, it elevates the prestige of our nursing program and will offer more advanced degree options for our graduates."

Upstate's DNP degree is for nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, and others who play a pivotal role in the future of health care. It prepares for future leadership, health policy and advocacy roles, emphasizing interprofessional practice and information technology.

"We're pleased to partner with our SUNY Canton colleagues to offer this important degree program to area nurses," said Tammy Austin-Ketch, PhD., dean of the College of Nursing at Upstate Medical University. "The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program provides nurses with opportunities to enhance their knowledge and skills in preparation for leadership positions in a rapidly changing health care field." 

SUNY Canton will offer learning and teaching space for students in Upstate Medical's DNP program. Previously, students would have to travel or commute to Syracuse to participate in the program. 

Upstate will access SUNY Canton's distance and online learning strengths to provide valuable classes. 

School of Science Health and Criminal Justice Dean Michele A. Snyder said the collaboration allows both institutions to help broaden access to higher education options.

"This extends Canton's partnership with Upstate to offer stronger opportunities locally and regionally for students interested in pursuing advanced credentialing in the nursing field," Snyder said. "It creates more access opportunities for those in the nursing discipline and bolsters the health care education pipeline."

Upstate Medical's classes at Canton will be offered on an as-needed basis to DNP students from the North Country area. To apply to the program or to view its requirements, please visit Upstate Medical's College of Nursing website.

To view other College of Nursing programs, go here.