2024-25 University Bulletin 
    Jul 13, 2024  
2024-25 University Bulletin

College of Nursing and Public Health

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Deborah Hunt, Dean
Fara Maldonado, Executive Assistant to the Dean and Office Manager


Administration and Staff

Maryann Forbes, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Deborah Murphy, Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Programs
Helen Montana, Director of Clinical Placement
Anthony Egan, Assistant Director of Clinical Education and Simulation Lab
Lena Garafalo, Adjunct Faculty Coordinator
Roxanna Raffa, Graduate Clinical Placement Coordinator, RN to BS Student Advisor, Primary Nurse Planner - CE Provider Unit
Kelly Nicholson, Coordinator, Quality Assessment, Regulatory Affairs, & Alumni Outreach
Cait McElroy, Director of Strategic Initiatives

Chairpersons and Directors

Karen Mancini, Chair of Undergraduate Nursing​, Nursing Specialties
Debra Swenson, Chair of Undergraduate Nursing, Foundations in Adult Nursing Practice
M. Marie Cox, Chair of the Department of Graduate Studies in Nursing
Patricia Donohue-Porter, Director of the Ph.D. Program
Dorothy Ferraro, Director of the AGPC NP Programs​
Maria Pilar Martin, Director of Public Health Program​
Charles Cal, Director of Graduate NED/NAD Programs
Janet Raman, Director of the RN to B.S. and Accelerated Programs​
Mary Jahrsdoerfer, Director of Healthcare Informatics
Marissa Abram, Director of the Psychiatric Mental Health NP Program

Undergraduate and Graduate Information

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Marilyn Klainberg

Associate Professors

Christine Coughlin
Patricia Donohue-Porter
Maryann Forbes
Stephen Holzemer
William Jacobowitz
Shan Liu
Ditsapelo McFarland
Edmund Pajarillo
Janet Raman
Yiyuan Sun

Assistant Professors

Korede Adegoke
Deborah Ambrosio-Mawhirter
Wei Liu
M. Pilar Martin
Zainab Osakwe
A. Hasan Sapci
Debra Swenson
Thomas Virgona


Clinical Assistant Professors

Cheryl Best
Stefni Bogard
Charles Cal
M. Marie Cox
Loriann Gross
Beth Heydemann
Ani Jacob
Mary Jahrsdoerfer
Adrial Lobelo
Karen Mancini
Daniel McWeeney
Diane Santangelo

Clinical Associate Professors

Jacqueline Brandwein
Dorothy Ferraro
Kenneth C. Rondello

Senior Adjunct Faculty

Stefni Bogard
Patricia Burke
Father Joseph D’Angelo
Anne D’Antuono
Katrina DeVinci
Pat Dolan
Janet Franzese
Clarilee Hauser
Daisamma Mathew
Helen Murphy
Llynn Newman
Anne Peirce
Nicole Truncale
JoAnn Victor-Fassman


To develop leaders in healthcare who will advance humanistic health outcomes and improve quality of life for individuals and communities.


At the Adelphi University College of Nursing and Public Health, we educate the next generation of healthcare professionals to be committed to excellence as leaders in their disciplines. Our innovative evidence-based teaching and learning environments, combined with our collaborative healthcare and community partnerships, prepare students at all levels. Students will attain the necessary knowledge and interdisciplinary skills to excel as caring practitioners, health informaticists, scientists and scholars.

Core Values

The faculty, staff and students of the Adelphi University College of Nursing and Public Health embrace the following core values as essential aspects of the academic environment and our professional work:


To maintain the highest moral and professional standards in all areas, characterized by:

Trustworthiness and honesty
Moral and ethical decision-making
Responsible action and accountability
Caring science


To promote and maintain a commitment to the highest standards in:

Academic endeavors
Educational innovation
Clinical practice
Lifelong learning
Serving and engaging with communities

Diversity and Respect

To embrace the diversity of our society and develop a global perspective:

Embrace and respect individual differences.
Actively seek to understand perspectives different from our own.
Create an environment of inclusion and innovation.
Recognize the unique contributions of all persons.

The College holds membership in the Council of Baccalaureate and Higher Degree programs of the National League for Nursing, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties.

Additional Information for ALL Nursing Students

Health Regulations for Nursing Majors

All students are required to meet the health regulations for students established by the College of Nursing and Public Health. Annual physical examinations, including tuberculin testing, appropriate laboratory tests, and designated immunizations, are required of all nursing students. The cost of healthcare is the responsibility of the student. Health forms are available online at health.adelphi.edu/forms.

Prior to registration for courses, all students are required to submit evidence of the following:

  • Annual Physical
  • Annual TB testing (PPD or Quantiferon with Chest X-Ray if positive)
  • Tetanus/Diphtheria Current (within 10 years)
  • Immune Titer Results for Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Varicella
  • Hepatitis B Vaccine Series or Hepatitis B Declination Statement
  • CPR Certification (see acceptable courses below)
    • American Heart Association - BLS for Healthcare Providers

All Medical Paperwork must be submitted to Health Services in Waldo Hall. A copy of the front and back of the CPR card must be submitted to the Office of Clinical and Community Affairs. After Medical Paperwork and the CPR card has been submitted to the appropriate places, students must then print out a Nursing Health Clearance from CLASS for the appropriate semester and submit it to the Office of Clinical and Community Affairs to be signed and stamped. Students must submit a Nursing Health Clearance for every semester they are registered for clinical courses. The student must pick up the signed and stamped copy of their Nursing Health Clearances and make copies to present to each clinical instructor on the first day of clinical. Failure to submit accordingly will result in suspension from clinical participation. These requirements are reviewed on an annual basis and may be changed at any time. Individual clinical agencies may require additional examinations or reports. These may incur additional costs and are the responsibility of the student. This information is also outlined under the Clinical Clearance Participation Policy in the College of Nursing and Public Health Student Handbook.


Travel expenses and transportation related to clinical experiences are the responsibility of the student. Most clinical experiences require automobile travel. Students cannot be guaranteed clinical experiences adjacent to train or public transportation.

Clinical Education and Simulation Lab

The Clinical Education and Simulation Lab includes five learning laboratories and two computer laboratories. This includes a seminar room with demonstration bed and a small auxiliary laboratory for physical assessment skills. The skills laboratory simulates the hospital setting with all appropriate and supportive supplies and equipment. These include advanced patient care mannequins and simulators, injecta-pads, intravenous training arms, ostomy models, and many other innovative educational devices. In addition to regularly scheduled classes held in the nursing laboratory, open laboratory skills sessions are held regularly, thus providing all students with an opportunity for reinforcement of clinical learning. Two rooms are designed to conduct high fidelity simulation.

College of Nursing and Public Health Organizations

Adelphi University Student Nurses Association is an organization composed of all interested students in the College of Nursing and Public Health. It was formed to bring constituents together to consider and discuss problems, issues, and concerns affecting the members of the College of Nursing and Public Health. The organization stimulates interest and involvement in professional and social issues and provides an environment conducive for informal socialization among its members.

Honors in Nursing

Sigma Theta Tau International, Inc.
The College of Nursing’s honor society is the Alpha Omega Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, Inc., the International Honor Society of Nursing. The purposes of these organization are to:

  • Recognize the achievement of scholarship of superior quality
  • Recognize the development of leadership qualities
  • Foster high professional standards
  • Encourage creative work
  • Strengthen commitment on the part of individuals to the ideals and purposes of the profession of nursing

Junior and senior students who have achieved a 3.0 GPA on the undergraduate level may be considered for membership. Graduate students who have achieved a GPA of 3.5 at the graduate level and who have successfully completed one-quarter of the graduate program may be considered for membership.

Adelphi College of Nursing and Public Health Honors

To be eligible for College of Nursing and Public Health honors, a student must have completed 33 credits in nursing at Adelphi and have achieved a GPA 3.5 in the nursing major and a 3.5 GPA overall.

Undergraduate Information

Educational Strategy

Baccalaureate education in nursing is the foundation for professional practice. The goal of nursing is to address human needs for the promotion, restoration, and maintenance of health, as well as the provision of dignity at the end of life. Human beings-individually and as members of families, groups, and communities-are the focus of the profession. In keeping with these principles, the College of Nursing and Public Health teaches the fundamental value of all people and their potential for being and becoming throughout their lives. Nursing students at Adelphi learn to be accountable to clients, society, and the profession for the quality of care they provide. They also learn that health-related behavior is an individual choice and that health is individually and culturally defined. Respect for self-determination and awareness of cultural diversity are integral to the curriculum.

Undergraduate Programs of Study

B.S. in Nursing
Accelerated B.S. in Nursing
R.N. to B.S. Program

The baccalaureate program in nursing provides the foundation for entry as a generalist into the profession and for graduate education. The College of Nursing’s baccalaureate program offers two curricula. The basic curriculum leads to a Bachelor of Science from the University and eligibility to take the national licensing examination (NCLEX) to become a Registered Professional Nurse. The other curriculum track is for registered nurses from associate degree or diploma programs who wish to continue their education toward the goal of earning the Bachelor of Science degree.


See Bulletin for general undergraduate admissions procedures .

Expenses and Financial Aid

See the Expenses and Financial Aid  section of the Bulletin section for information.

Transfer Credits

The Office of University Admissions, in collaboration with the College of Nursing and Public Health, will evaluate transfer credits. Students who have received an A.S. degree (but not an A.A.S. degree) from an accredited institution prior to their transfer to Adelphi are exempt from all General Education requirements.

Textbook, Uniform, and Study Guide Expenses

Students can expect to spend between $300 and $500 per semester for the purchase of textbooks. In addition, beginning in the student’s sophomore year in the nursing program, students can expect to spend between $200 and $400 for laboratory and clinical equipment and uniforms, and approximately $400 for a personal digital assistant, which will substitute for some textbooks. The College of Nursing and Public Health has an official student uniform. Students must purchase a sufficient number of uniforms to present a professional appearance in clinical settings. Uniforms cost approximately $250 and are ordered from our provider online and delivered to you. Clinical agencies may have additional specific requirements that incur additional costs for students.

Clinical Experiences

Clinical experiences are a critical part of the nursing curriculum. Students cannot be assured of a particular site, day, or time for these experiences. All students must complete all clinical hours. Those students who are unable to do so may incur additional time and/or costs to complete requirements. These additional costs are the sole responsibility of the student. These arrangements are made, if necessary, through the office of the Associate Dean and the Director of the Undergraduate Program. Because of the clinical experiences, the College of Nursing and Public Health has additional requirements separate from university requirements such as health clearances and drug calculation examinations that must be completed prior to the beginning of the semester.

Standard of Performance Required for Continuance in the College of Nursing and Public Health

  • All science and nursing foundation courses are prerequisites to the clinical courses. All nursing courses must be taken in sequence.
  • All students must successfully complete the required science courses and lower division nursing courses in order to progress to junior status in the nursing program. The standard of performance required in the College of Nursing and Public Health is C+ or higher in any nursing or science course. A grade of less than C+ (77%) in any nursing or science course is unacceptable for progression in the nursing major.
  • The final grade in any nursing course that includes a clinical component consists of two parts: Nursing Theory, which is letter graded, and Nursing Clinical Laboratory, which is graded Pass/Fail. Students must receive a satisfactory grade in both the clinical and classroom component of the course. If an unsatisfactory grade is received in either component, both the theory and the clinical portions of the course must be repeated.
  • Students who receive a grade of C or lower in one nursing or science course will be placed on College of Nursing and Public Health probation and given the opportunity to repeat the course in which the unacceptable grade was earned. A course may be repeated only once. A concurrent or subsequent failure to earn a grade of C+ or higher in any nursing or science course will result in the student’s being dropped from the nursing major.
  • Grades obtained in all non-nursing required courses will also be reviewed at the end of each semester. The acceptable grade for MTH 113  is a C or better. A grade of less than C- in all other non-nursing courses is unacceptable and students receiving an unacceptable grade will be placed on College of Nursing and Public Health probation. Failure to obtain an acceptable grade in any non-nursing course may mean that the student cannot continue in the nursing sequence. No required course may be taken Pass/Fail.
  • All nursing courses that include a clinical component require a drug calculation examination, the minimum passing score for which is 90%. Any student who fails to attain a score of 90% on the initial drug calculation examination in any clinical course will be offered one opportunity to retest. Students who do not pass the medication calculation examination upon retest will not be permitted to attend clinical and must wait until the following semester to take the clinical course. All drug calculation tests must be completed prior to the start of the semester.
  • Students who are on extended leaves of absence will be required to repeat clinical nursing courses and other courses as required.
  • Any student whose performance is deemed unsafe or who proves to be irresponsible, untrustworthy, unethical, or unprofessional will be dismissed from the nursing program.
  • Additional information regarding requirements and progression are found in the College of Nursing and Public Health Student Handbook.

Independent Study

Students in the College of Nursing and Public Health may take up to a total of 9 credits of individualized study toward the baccalaureate degree.

Graduate Information

Educational Strategy

The emphasis of graduate education is on the development of scholarly critical thinkers with the ability to translate knowledge into practice. Through the process of critical inquiry, students learn to understand the nature of complex human and environmental systems and to develop strategies for effective intervention. Research concepts and skills are subsets of critical inquiry and are considered integral to the roles of nurse practitioner, nursing administrator, nurse educator and the emergency-disaster nurse manager. The master’s curriculum is designed to provide the knowledge base and experience needed to evaluate research designs and methodologies and utilize research findings.

Members of the faculty assume that each student has the potential to be self-directed and the curriculum is structured to maximize student independence, personal development, professional accountability, and continuous learning.

Doctoral Admission Requirements

Please Note: The deadline for receipt of all application materials is February 15 to be considered for the following fall semester.

To be considered for admission to the doctoral program in nursing, applicants must:

  • Have an M.S. or M.S.N. from an accredited nursing program (CCNE or NLNAC approved)
  • Be licensed as a registered nurse (RN) in the state of New York
  • Complete the Graduate Application form
  • Provide the admission committee with three professional letters of reference from a supervisor, committee chair, former professor, etc.
  • Submit satisfactory GRE scores (taken within the last five years)
  • Submit evidence of successful completion of a graduate-level statistics course completed in the last five years
  • Submit all academic transcripts
  • Provide a professional writing sample, preferably scholarly writing such as a publication
  • Submit a personal essay describing academic and professional goals
  • Interview with at least two faculty members in the College of Nursing and Public Health

Admission requirements are not weighted. All requirements must be fulfilled and the applicant’s dossier complete before interviews are scheduled with faculty members. Following interviews, the admission committee determines each applicant’s admission to the program. Financial aid for tuition is available in the form of the new Federal Faculty Loan Program and Graduate Assistantships.

Additional Information for Graduate Students in the College of Nursing and Public Health

Advanced Standing

The transfer of credits earned at another institution is allowed only for comparable graduate courses completed with a grade of B or higher within five years preceding the date of entrance to the Adelphi University College of Nursing and Public Health. Evaluation of advanced standing is made by the College of Nursing and Public Health. A maximum of 6 graduate credits may be accepted as transfer credits applicable toward the M.S. degree.


Students are considered to be matriculated when they have been accepted into the program as a degree student and are enrolled in at least one course. Students in the master’s program have five years from the date of first enrollment to complete their requirements.

Textbook and Study Guide Expenses

Students can expect to spend between $200 and $300 per semester for the purchase of textbooks and the College of Nursing and Public Health Study Guides. Textbooks are also available at the Reserve Desk in the Swirbul Library.

Leave of Absence/Continuous Matriculation

Students must enroll in “continuous matriculation” if they decide not to take courses for a semester. Students may also apply for a Leave of Absence in some circumstances. The College of Nursing and Public Health Student Handbook outlines both procedures and student responsibilities.

GPA Required for Graduation

A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required for all graduate students for graduation. The doctoral program in Social Work requires a minimum GPA of 3.3 for graduation.

Grading System

Courses completed with a grade of A or B are automatically applied toward degree requirements when the course in question is applicable towards such requirements. The minimally acceptable grade in all required courses is B-.

For further information on the University grading system, and on Withdrawals (W’s) and Incompletes (I’s), see the section titled “Grading System” in this Bulletin.

Students in the graduate program in nursing must maintain a GPA of 3.0 in order to progress. The College of Nursing and Public Health Student Handbook outlines policies for failing grades and GPAs earned that are below a 3.0.

Financial Aid

The Office of Student Financial Services provides students with information on a variety of scholarships and loans. See the Expenses and Financial Aid  section of this Bulletin for more information.

Master’s Degree Admission Requirements

Admission is for fall semester each year. Unless otherwise indicated, the following are required for admission into all programs of study at the master’s level:

  • Applicants must meet all University admission requirements as set forth in the Graduate Bulletin.
  • Be currently licensed as a registered professional nurse or eligible for licensure in the state of New York. (submit copy of license)
  • Have completed a baccalaureate degree in nursing from a nationally accredited undergraduate nursing program**
  • Have a grade point average of “3.0” (on a 4 point scale) or better from each undergraduate program in which the student has completed 12 credits or more
  • For the Nurse Practitioner Program: applicants must have at least a grade of B in all undergraduate science courses. If this requirement is not met, pre-requisite course(s), before fall admission may be required and are offered in the College of Nursing and Public Health
  • Have completed an introductory/basic statistics course with a grade of “B” or higher.
  • Have completed an undergraduate research course with a grade of “B” or higher.
  • Have submitted official transcripts of all prior academic work requested to the Office of Admissions
  • Have submitted two letters of reference from supervisors or former faculty (instructors) who can describe the applicant’s ability to complete graduate studies; thus, these should be from individuals who have graduate degrees/preparation.
  • Completed the application form and submit the required application fee.
  • Proof of BCLS or ACLS certification as required by each specialty program

Clinical Experience Requirement for all graduate programs:
Applicants should have two years of clinical nursing practice before registering for the specialty courses; specialty courses follow a year of required core courses.

Requirements for the Post-Master’s Certificate Programs:
Applicants to a post-master’s certificate program must have a master’s degree in nursing.

Please see the College of Nursing and Public Health Student Handbook for all other policies related to admission, and for progression and graduation policies.

The faculty reserves the right to require additional supporting data or prerequisites from applicants to all programs.

Programs of Study 


Nursing: Undergraduate

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Bachelor of Science

Nursing: Graduate

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Master of Science

Advanced Certificates: Graduate

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Advanced Certificate

Nursing Doctoral

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Doctor of Nursing Practice

Doctor of Philosophy

Public Health: Undergraduate

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Public Health: Graduate

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Master of Public Health

Healthcare Informatics: Graduate

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Master of Science

Advanced Certificate