Earn two degrees in 4 years - 1+2+1 Nursing Partnership with SECON

Nursing StudentThe 1+2+1 dual degree partnership program is a truly unique college experience with a goal of delivering a strong educational foundation during the first year of study at SUNY Polytechnic Institute. The development of this foundation is then coupled with a hands-on learning approach in years two and three at St. Elizabeth College of Nursing (SECON) where students will complete over 600 hours of clinical time. A student completing the 1+2+1 program will earn both an associate and bachelor’s degree in nursing degrees in four years.

SUNY Poly and St. Elizabeth College of Nursing take pride in the individual advisement and attention given to students. Together we are stronger in preparing students to be successful nurses in the 21st century!

SUNY Poly provides:

  • Technologically sophisticated classrooms and laboratories
  • Personal mentoring by faculty and staff
  • A full range of recreational and extracurricular activities on the most beautiful campus in the SUNY system

St. Elizabeth College of Nursing provides:

  • The best preparation to work in today’s fast-paced health care environment
  • One-to-one relationships with faculty
  • The most extensive hands-on clinical experience (over 600 clinical hours) available in a nursing program today

Benefits of the 1+2+1 Nursing Partnership Program:

  • Students have the opportunity to live on-campus at SUNY Poly for all four years.
  • Students will complete both the RN and BSN program in four years. Students are not waitlisted.
  • The nursing curriculum is carefully designed to support academic success.
  • Graduates of the partnership program are in high demand; SUNY Poly has earned top accreditations and St. Elizabeth’s NCLEX-RN® pass rate is one of the top in the state!



The 1+2+1 dual degree partnership program is intended for high school students who are immediately entering college, following graduation. Students that wish to transfer into the partnership program must meet certain eligibility requirements. Contact admissions@sunypoly.edu to set-up a meeting with a counselor to learn more.

Students and parents are invited to join both SUNY Poly and SECON at their Open House programs. Visit each campus website for visit information:

Apply online by submitting the SUNY Application or The Common Application
You will also need to submit:

  • An official high school transcript
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Supplemental Application (if applying through SUNY Application)

Important Notes:

  1. When filling out the on-line application, you must choose Undeclared as your SUNY Poly major. When you select ‘Undeclared,’ you will have an option to “see notes.” Under the notes section, select NSGSE for the Special Campus Project Code as prompted.  
  2. The submission of SAT and/or ACT scores is optional (College Board/SAT School Code: 0755, ACT School Code: 2953).

Shortly after applying, you’ll receive an email inviting you to track your application status. You’ll find out how to create a login to your applicant portal, where you can see your checklist of application materials and, eventually, review your admission decision.

Financial aid is determined based on the year and campus of enrollment.

  • Years 1 and 4 - Complete the FAFSA with SUNY Poly Title IV/School Code (011678)
  • Years 2 and 3 - Complete the FAFSA with SECON Title IV/School Code (006461)

Merit scholarships awarded by SUNY Poly are applicable to Years 1 and 4 of the program (applied towards SUNY Poly’s cost of attendance), unless otherwise stated. Students have the opportunity to apply for SECON scholarships for Years 2 and 3 after the first semester of nursing at SECON is successfully completed.

How will I be billed?
Similar to how financial aid is awarded, billing statements are sent electronically and payment is due to the campus at which the student will be matriculated, depending on the year of the partnership that they are entering.

  • Years 1 & 4 = SUNY Poly
  • Years 2 & 3 = SECON

You are required to be aware of the total cost of attendance for each year of enrollment in the partnership.

  • All new first-year students are required to live on campus at SUNY Poly for year one unless granted a housing waiver to reside with a parent within a 30 miles radius of campus.
  • In years two and three, students can choose to either stay on campus at SUNY Poly or live on campus at SECON in their rental houses.
  • In year four, students can reside on campus at SUNY Poly, or live off-campus in their own housing and commute. Students can remain on SUNY Poly’s campus all four years if they choose

*Note: During years 2 & 3, SECON classes begin 2 to 3 weeks prior to the start of the academic year at SUNY Poly. They will also need to stay an additional 4 weeks in the summer for NUR 122 and NUR 300. Students residing in the SUNY Poly residence halls may be assessed additional charges during this time.

  • At SUNY Poly, students residing on campus choose a board plan when submitting their on-campus housing application. Commuter students have access to the various eateries on campus as well.
  • At SECON, students are able to use the St. Elizabeth Medical Center cafeteria on a cash basis during its hours of operation.
  • Students beginning Year 1 of the program will participate in SUNY Poly’s Freshmen Orientation program.
  • Students beginning Year 2 of the program will participate in SECON's Freshman Orientation program.

Students will be assigned an advisor while attending SUNY Poly & SECON who will be the student’s advocate in all matters during their time in the program. If they are unable to answer any questions or concerns, the advisor will assist students in obtaining the needed information from the correct individuals at each campus.

Students must follow the 1+2+1 plan of study and maintain at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA after Year 1 at SUNY Poly. SECON requires transfer courses to be completed with a ‘C’ grade or higher. Students will be notified if they do not meet these requirements. 

  • Exposure to the typical four year college lifestyle at a fraction of the cost.
  • Participation in over 600 hands-on clinical hours beginning their first semester at SECON.
  • Eligibility to take the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX) and work as an RN after graduation from SECON in Year 3.
  • Experience a nursing curriculum that is designed to support academic success with experienced faculty who are consistently available to help. 

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