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The first Catholic college for women in New York State,
College of New Rochelle was founded in 1904 by the Ursuline Order.
it comprises the all-women School of Arts & Sciences, and three
which admit women and men: the School of New Resources (for adult
the School of Nursing and the Graduate School. The main campus of
the College is located in lower Westchester County, 16 miles north of
New York City. The College maintains six other campus locations
in New York
City. Visit the College’s website at www.cnr.edu
ENROLLMENT BOOM MARKS TURNAROUND AT
THE COLLEGE OF NEW ROCHELLE SCHOOL OF NURSING
NEW ROCHELLE, NY, October 28, 2004 --
For the past decade, the future for nursing and nursing schools in the
U.S. has been bleak at best. Limited career and salary growth,
overwhelming workloads, and a chaotic healthcare environment, have all
played a role in discouraging people from pursuing a nursing
The School of Nursing (SN) at The College of New Rochelle (CNR) was no
stranger to these broad national trends sweeping the health care
field. Just a few years ago, the School was plagued by the
challenges of decreasing enrollment. Today, the outlook for the
College’s nursing school shows vital signs of robust health.
For the 2004-05 academic year, the School of Nursing reports that:
increased media attention over the past few years on the industry-wide
shortage of qualified nurses has helped fuel awareness and interest in
the nursing profession and the programs we offer,” said Donna J.
Demarest, R.N., Ed.D, Dean of the School of Nursing at CNR.
total enrollment for SN has increased 33% since 2000-01.
freshmen class in its four year undergraduate program is one of the
largest in the school’s history.
school’s accelerated baccalaureate program for those holding degrees in
other fields, launched in 2003, has attracted a 50% higher response
than expected this year. The newest class of 29 students includes a
former software developer, architect, and an emergency medical
technician. They will graduate after an intensive 18 month program vs.
the typical four years it takes to get a B.S.N. degree.
percent of men pursuing undergraduate and master’s degrees at CNR has
also doubled, increasing from 3% in 1994 to 6% in 2004.
school’s accelerated program for RNs continues to have wide appeal for
nurses who wish to obtain their baccalaureate degrees before pursuing a
“Our recent rebirth can be attributed to the overall strength of our
undergraduate and master’s programs and the satisfaction that our
graduates have with their SN education once they return to the field.
The goal of every SN program is to provide nurses with the tools they
need to succeed in the dynamic health care environment of today and the
SN offers students courses geared to contemporary heath care
issues. Students may take “Transcultural Perspectives in Health
Care” as well as a “Community Health Nursing” course that provides the
opportunity to work in settings including a Native American Indian
reservation, AIDS/HIV program or asthma management program for grade
Established in 1976, the School of Nursing is widely recognized for
innovation and excellence in programming that is responsive to the
public’s changing health needs. The School offers six programs: a
traditional four-year undergraduate program leading to a bachelor of
science in nursing; an accelerated program of study for RNs seeking a
B.S.N.; an accelerated B.S.N. program for those holding degrees in
other fields; an accelerated RN to M.S. program; and an M.S. degree
program with tracks in holistic nursing, acute care nurse practitioner,
family nurse practitioner, and health care management. Post
master’s programs are available in all acute care tracks, HIV Aids, and
the Nurse Educator role.
The baccalaureate program at CNR prepares a nurse generalist who
practices in a variety of settings with clients of all ages from
diverse and multicultural populations. A CNR graduate is prepared to
assume beginning leadership roles and facilitate change to improve the
quality of client care in the health care system. The master’s program
prepares a nurse professional at advanced levels of practice in health
care management. Specialty options in the program provide opportunities
at all levels of advanced practice including health promotion and
restoration, disease prevention and provision of care in acute and
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