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

Nursing StudentThe goal of this partnership is to deliver a strong educational foundation developed during your first year at SUNY Polytechnic Institute. Your educational foundation will be coupled with a hands-on learning approach by enrolling in your second year at St. Elizabeth College of Nursing (SECON); you will complete over 590 hours of clinical time. A student completing the 1+2+1 program can earn two nursing degrees in four years - and live on the SUNY Poly campus!

How to apply
Submit the the Common Application or the online SUNY application.

You will need: 

  • An official high school transcript 
  • SAT and/or ACT scores 
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Supplemental Application

Admission to the Dual Degree (1+2+1) Nursing Program is competitive, but each application is reviewed on an individual basis to determine your fit and potential for success in this unique degree option.

Please note that the cost of pursuing this degree option varies from the typical SUNY Poly degree program. Years 1 & 4 are charged at SUNY Polytechnic Institute tuition rates; years 2 & 3 are charged at St. Elizabeth's tuition rates. Four year scholarships are not currently available for students entering SUNY Poly under this Nursing Partnership. Please see St. Elizabeth's associate degree program for more information on St. Elizabeth's cost of attendance. 

Dual Degree (1+2+1) Nursing Program brochure (pdf)

Sample Plan of Study

Gina Liscio
Director of Admissions
(315) 792-7500


Who is eligible for admission into this dual degree partnership?
The 1+2+1 dual degree partnership is intended for high school students who are immediately entering college, following graduation. Students that wish to transfer into the partnership must meet certain eligibility requirements.

How do I apply?
Submit the online SUNY application or The Common Application or visit www.SUNY Poly.edu/apply now. You will need:

An official high school transcript Your SAT and/or ACT scores Two letters of recommendation

Supplemental Application
When filling out an 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. When filling out a paper application, check the box indicating you are not declaring a major and enter the NSGSE code in the Special Campus Project section on page A5. Your application will be received at the SUNY Poly Admissions Office and an admissions counselor will note you are applying for the 1+2+1 Nursing Partnership.

Admission to the 1+2+1 program is competitive, but each application is reviewed on an individual basis to determine your fit and potential for success in this unique degree option.

How is financial aid handled?
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)

IMPORTANT: Since SUNY Poly & SECON follow a strict plan of study for this program, taking courses out of sequence may result in students not receiving full financial aid (if eligible) during years 2 and 3. For any additional questions or concerns, contact the SECON Financial Aid Office at (315) 801-8206. Use our costs calculators to estimate the total cost of attendance for the partnership

  • Years 1 & 4: SUNY Poly Net Price Calculator SUNY Net Price Calculator
  • Years 2 & 3: As the Net Price Calculator is based on first time, full time students, it is not used for years 2 and 3. Refer to the SECON website for more information. SECON Financial Aid

MATRICULATION: Upon acceptance in the 1+2+1 program, students will matriculate at SUNY Poly for year 1 and be assessed a $200 enrollment confirmation fee. They will have an undeclared major (a special code for SECON) and will also be identified as a SECON applicant. During years two and three, students will be matriculated at SECON and will be responsible for payment of the $50 matriculation fee. If a student is unsuccessful in SECON nursing courses at any time during years 2 and 3, the student will be academically dismissed. However, the student may reapply to SECON. If reaccepted, the student will be offered the option to remain in the 1+2+1 program or attend the SECON traditional nursing program. Students with a clinical failure will not have the option to reapply to SECON or the 1+2+1 program.

Are scholarships available?
Merit scholarships awarded by SUNY Poly are applicable to Year 1 of the partnership only (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 is successfully completed.

How will I be billed?
Similar to how financial aid is awarded, billing statements are sent electronically and 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

What costs will I pay?
You are required to be aware of the total cost of attendance for each year of enrollment in the partnership.

Visit SUNY Poly tuition and fees for the current tuition and fee schedule.

Visit SECON tuition and fees for the current tuition and fee schedule.
*There is an additional charge for room, board, uniforms, books and supplies.

Where will I live?
There is housing available for students at both facilities. Students are required to live on campus at SUNY Poly for year 1 if they do not live within a 30 mile radius of SUNY Poly. Students then have a choice to live off campus, in SECON rental houses or on the SUNY Campus for years 2 through 4.

*Note: During years 2 & 3, students begin SECON classes 2 to 3 weeks prior to the start of the academic year for SUNY Poly. They will also need to stay an additional 4 weeks in the summer for NUR122 and NUR300. Students in the SUNY dorms may be assessed additional charges during this time.

Is food service available?
Your “board” is your food service plan. On campus students choose SUNY Poly’s board plan when choosing their residence hall room. SECON does not have a dining hall, but students are able to use the St. Elizabeth Medical Center cafeteria on a cash basis during its hours of operation.

How is Orientation handled?
Students beginning Year 1 will participate in SUNY Poly’s Freshmen Orientation program. Students beginning Year 2 of the partnership will participate in SECON Freshman Orientation. More information about SUNY Poly Orientation.

*Students are invited to join St. Elizabeth College of Nursing at their Fall Open House for a special informational session where all questions and concerns will be addressed. Parents are invited to attend this event.

Who advises me on what courses to take, and when?
Students will be assigned an advisor while attending SUNY Poly & SECON. The advisor will be the student’s advocate in all matters during the duration of this program. If he/she is unable to answer any questions or concerns, the advisor will assist students in obtaining the needed information from the correct individuals at SUNY Poly and/or SECON.

Advisor Contact Information:

YEARS 1 & 4
Office of Nursing and Health Professions
Phone: (315) 792-7295

YEARS 2 & 3
Phone: (315) 801-8347

Taking courses outside of the Plan of Study, without prior approval, may result in the courses not counting toward the program and/or the student not being eligible to progress in a timely manner.

Some courses within this program have prerequisites that must be satisfied before progress can occur. Students who take Advanced Placement (AP) courses in high school will receive credit for grades 3 and above only.

What are the requirements to begin the associate’s degree program at St. Elizabeth College of Nursing?
Students must follow the 1+2+1 plan of study and maintain at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA after Year 1. SECON requires transfer courses to be completed with a ‘C’ grade or higher. Students will be notified if they do not meet these requirements. 

What are the benefits of pursuing this partnership? 
By enrolling in the 1+2+1 Program, students are:

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

Who do I contact for more information? 
For information on applying:

State University of New York Polytechnic Institute 
Admissions Office 
admissions@sunypoly.edu or 315-792-7500 

St. Elizabeth College of Nursing
Admissions Office 
conadmis@secon.edu or 315-801-8253 





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