Daemen’s nursing programs have been named among the top of their kind in the region and in New York by Nursing Schools Almanac, an online educational resource for those looking to study nursing.
The 2022 rankings placed Daemen at No. 22 in the state and No. 65 in the Mid-Atlantic region, which includes all of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Only 20 percent of institutions made the rankings.
During the selection process, Nursing Schools Almanac collected data on 3,000 colleges and universities. The three dimensions used in the evaluation of each school included academic prestige, breadth and depth of program offerings, and student success.
Given that nursing has been established for more than 40 years at Daemen, and has a strong regional reputation and identity, the university’s inclusion in the rankings is of no surprise, said Cheryl Nosek, professor and chair of the Department of Nursing at Daemen.
“We are honored to be given this distinction by the Nursing Schools Almanac,” said Nosek. “We’re very proud of our nursing programs and the range of program options, both undergraduate and graduate, that students have to help them pursue their career goals.
The site acknowledged Daemen’s 1+2+1 nursing program, describing the curriculum as “innovative,” citing the university’s partnerships with local community colleges to provide a wider array of educational options to students.
“It’s a unique program that confers two degrees – an associates degree in nursing (AAS) and a bachelors of science with a major in nursing – in only four years,” said Nosek. “The program enables students to work as a registered nurse after just their third year.”
Nursing Schools Almanac also cited Daemen’s flexible course and program options for students, stating, “Daemen’s nursing department strives to integrate several methods of instruction, including traditional classroom, distance education, hybrid, and online.”
Nosek said, “We recognize that our students are working, have families, and other obligations while they are completing our programs, therefore we strive to be as user-friendly as possible to help them move forward at a pace that works for them while maintaining our high standards.”
She added, “We individualize students’ program plans to ensure that their class schedules fit in with their other responsibilities. Our nursing faculty go above and beyond to promote student engagement and success.”
All of Daemen’s nursing programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing and include – in addition to the 1+2+1 program – an RN-BS program, as well as master’s degrees in adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner, nursing executive leadership, nursing education, as well as various opportunities for nursing student certification and RN-to-MS accelerated programs for registered nurses with a non-nursing bachelor’s degree.
Nursing Schools Almanac has highlighted Daemen on multiple occasions for its programs through Alamac’s nursing school rankings.