Utica U, SUNY Oneonta enter into articulation agreement

Oneonta graduates will be able to earn second bachelor’s degree in Utica

UTICA, NY (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) — Two local colleges agreed to articulate their nursing degree programs on Wednesday, Jan. 24 to address the demand for nurses across New York State.

Utica University President Todd Pfannestiel and SUNY Oneonta President Alberto Cardelle met on the Utica campus on Wednesday to finalize an agreement that will give students in nursing an opportunity to earn another degree in their field.

“Utica University has long sought solutions and new ideas through partnerships with other academic institutions and industry that advance our mission of serving students. Our relationship with SUNY Oneonta is a very natural one,” Pfannestiel said in a statement. “The universities are aligned in our commitment to the Mohawk Valley. We share not only a culture of academic excellence and student-centeredness but also a dedication to advancing workforce and economic development in the region and state.”

According to the University, the program is aimed at giving SUNY Oneonta graduates a seamless transition into Utica University’s Bachelor of Science Accelerated Nursing Program. Once there, they will be able to earn another bachelor’s degree through the University’s program.

The program will be open to first-time matriculated first-year students at SUNY Oneonta, as well as current students there who have completed fewer than 90 college credits.

The following majors will also be eligible for the accelerated program:

  • Biology
  • Anthropology, specifically the Health and Human Biology concentration,
  • Sociology, specifically the Aging Studies track,
  • Communication Studies, and
  • Philosophy, specifically the Applied Philosophy concentration.

Tuition, financial aid and scholarships for the program will be determined by both institutions.

Upon completion of the degree and other prerequisites at SUNY Oneonta, students will pursue their second bachelor’s degree at Utica. Once accepted to the program, students are given a seat for the cohort the following semester — either in January, May or August. Students can also select either Syracuse, Latham (NY), or St. Petersburg (FL) to complete the program.

In the final semester of the program at Utica, students will have the opportunity to interview for a registered nurse position at a partner healthcare network.

“SUNY Oneonta is proud to be a part of the Early Assurance Program, Accelerated Bachelor of Science Nursing Agreement with Utica University. It is an important moment that demonstrates how working together, we can address New York’s nursing shortage and the well-being of our communities while providing relevant educational experiences for our students,” Tracy Allen, Dean of the School of Sciences at SUNY Oneonta, said in a statement.

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