Upstate News

April 29, 2010
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

Upstate brings master’s degree program in nursing to Ithaca; begins Fall 2010

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Upstate Medical University’s College of Nursing will offer for the first time classes in Ithaca for registered nurses interested in earning their master’s degree and nurse practitioner certification. Classes will start this fall and be held at Cayuga Medical Center, 101 Dates Drive, Ithaca.

To receive an application, call Student Admissions at 800-736-2171. Applications are being accepted through June 15. The program, designed to meet the needs of the working nurse, will feature two courses each semester and can be completed in four years of study.

Nurses enrolled in the master’s degree program can receive certification in the following specialties: family nurse practitioner in mental health, family nurse practitioner in pediatrics, nurse practitioner in pediatrics, or clinical nurse specialist.

A nurse practitioner (NP) is a registered nurse with advanced academic and clinical education who provides quality, cost-effective health care to patients. NPs provide primary care with a focus on primary prevention, health maintenance, anticipatory guidance, patient education, and counseling in addition to diagnosing and managing acute and chronic illnesses in a variety of specialties.

Upstate introduced its bachelor’s degree program in nursing in Ithaca at Cayuga Medical Center in 2006. “We’ve been delighted with the interest in the program from the Ithaca area, and believe the addition of a master’s degree program in nursing here also will be well received,” said Elvira Szigeti, Ph.D., R.N., dean of Upstate’s College of Nursing.

Tuition costs for New York state residents are $349 per credit hour for part-time study.

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