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Educational Next Steps


Your nursing education doesn’t have to stop with an associate’s degree. Crouse Hospital College of Nursing offers a number of programs that make it easy for you to maximize your educational potential, better preparing you for your future career.  

2+2 Bachelor’s Degree Program

The 2+2 Bachelor’s Degree Program allows you to become a nurse with a bachelor’s degree. Students in the program can attend and complete our associate’s degree program in nursing at Crouse Hospital College of Nursing to become a registered nurse (RN), then transfer to the SUNY Upstate College of Nursing for the next two years. Students accepted into the 2+2 program are guaranteed a place in the SUNY Upstate College of Nursing when the associate’s degree program is completed.  

Why Become a Bachelor’s Prepared Nurse?

Nursing is the largest healthcare occupation and one of the most respected careers. Obtaining both an associate’s and a bachelor’s degree makes you more employable, giving you the opportunity to earn a higher salary with more career options. Additionally, the 2+2 program at the College of Nursing at SUNY Upstate is the longest established program of its kind in the Syracuse area.  

Joint Admissions Program with Crouse Hospital School of Nursing and SUNY Upstate Medical University College of Nursing

The joint admissions program is a great way to continue your formal education in nursing after graduating with an associate’s degree from Crouse Hospital College of Nursing. Acceptance into this program guarantees students admission into the bachelor’s degree program in nursing at SUNY Upstate Medical University provided they complete the associate degree program at Crouse and meet the established matriculation criteria.



Students must have completed their first two semesters of nursing courses at Crouse Hospital College of Nursing while maintaining at least a 3.0 GPA. They must also have received all liberal arts and science required credits from a regionally accredited college or university.


Application Process:

Phase One

Interested students in their third semester, who have a GPA of 3.0 or better, must submit an application for admission and a “Permission to Release Information” form to the director of Crouse Hospital College of Nursing in early September.

Crouse Hospital School of Nursing faculty review the applications and select four students and four alternatives. Student recommendations are then sent to SUNY Upstate Medical University College of Nursing. Notification of acceptance into the Joint Admissions Program will be sent from SUNY Upstate Medical University.


Phase Two

Before February 1, prior to the fall semester of matriculation, the accepted student must submit formal SUNY Upstate and College of Nursing applications and transcripts for all previous college coursework, as well as documentation of CPR certification to SUNY Upstate’s Office of Student Admissions.

The student will receive a formal acceptance into the program with these stipulations:

  • The student must have completed all admission prerequisites to the College of Nursing
  • The student must have maintained at least a 3.0 GPA in the final semesters at Crouse Hospital College of Nursing
  • The student must receive RN state licensure by the end of the first semester of study at SUNY Upstate Medical University 

Perioperative Nursing Academies at Crouse Hospital

Crouse Hospital is committed to providing extraordinary nursing care and fostering a dynamic work environment where all are valued, respected and are provided the opportunity for personal and professional growth.

The new Crouse Hospital Perioperative Nursing Academy offers the foundation for excellence and learning. This educational and career development initiative provides an in-depth orientation to the challenges and rewards of professional nursing practice in the perioperative arena.



Eligibility: The program is open to Registered Professional Nurses who are interested in pursuing a career as a Perioperative nurse. The process begins by completing Crouse Hospital's online employment application (once in the system, select job requisition #6546, "OR Nurse Academy"). Under the coordination of Human Resources, selected candidates will be invited to complete a job shadowing experience with a circulating nurse in the surgical suite and interview with the Academy Selection Committee.


Acceptance: There are a limited number of academy spaces. Admission is competitive and not guaranteed.

Commitment: Those accepted must agree to a two-year commitment in the OR after completion of the program.


Basics of the Program

Crouse Hospital’s Perioperative Nursing Program is unique to this community. It includes:

  • Use of Periop 101 (an online core curriculum developed by AORN)
  • Hands-on training in a brand new OR clinical simulation lab
  • Specialty trained mentors and preceptors
  • Newly developed service-specific clinical pathways
  • Ongoing feedback and evaluation

Completion, Celebration & Challenges

Progression through the program is expected to take nine to 12 months. Transition points in the program will be times of celebration and recognition.


The challenge is to join our team as we prepare for opening the state-of-the-art Witting Surgical Center at Crouse Hospital in 2011.


Consider applying if you:

  • Value patient advocacy
  • Thrive in an environment that requires flexibility, adaptability and self-reliance
  • Enjoy working on a collaborative team
  • Love the challenge of organizing tasks, time, equipment and materials
  • Desire opportunities to develop and expand your leadership skills



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