2017-18 University Bulletin 
    Jul 22, 2024  
2017-18 University Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Nursing and Public Health


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Elaine Smith, Acting Dean


Jane H. White, Associate Dean for Research
Andrea McCrink, Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Programs
Liz Cohn, Director of the Center for Health Innovation 
Patricia Donohue-Porter, Director of the Ph.D. Program 
Margaret Silver, Director of the RN to B.S. Ascend Program 
Jodi DiGennaro, Assistant to the Dean for Administrative Services 
Irene Ferguson, Coordinator of Special Projects 
Deborah Murphy, Coordinator of Clinical and Community Affairs

Kelly Nicholson, Coordinator, Quality Assessment, Regulatory Affairs, & Alumni Outreach
Diane Petrouskie, Coordinator of the Learning Resource Lab
Kristin Zona, Assistant Coordinator of Clinical and Community Affairs
Nicole Schmidt, Senior Student Relations Specialist
Joanne Maldonado, Student Relations Specialist
Elizabeth Scannell, Coordinator of Graduate & Undergraduate Studies, Hudson Valley


Maryann Forbes, Adult Health Nursing
Deborah Ambrosio-Mawhirter, Nursing Foundations
Marilyn Klainberg, Family, Mental Health and Community Systems in Nursing

Marie Cox, Graduate Studies in Nursing

Undergraduate and Graduate Information

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Patrick Coonan
Marilyn Klainberg
Anne Peirce
Jane White
Philip Alcabes

Associate Professors

Judith Ackerhalt
Liz Cohn
Christine Coughlin
Patricia Donohue-Porter
Maryann Forbes
Stephen Holzemer
Andrea McCrink
Ditsapelo McFarland
Edmund Pajarillo
Janet Raman
Yiyuan Sun
Arlene Trolman

Assistant Professors

Korede Adegoke
Deborah Ambrosio-Mawhirter
Akhtar Ghassemi
William Jacobwitz
Shan Liu
Wei Liu
M. Pilar Martin
Tonya Samuel
A. Hasan Sapci
Margaret Silver
Thomas Virgona

Clinical Assistant Professors

Marissa Abram
Cheryl Best
Stefni Bogard
Jacqueline Brandwein
Charles Cal
M. Marie Cox
Patricia Facquet
Loriann Gross
Clarilee Hauser
Beth Heydemann
Ani Jacob
Karen Mancini
Teresa Mascitti
Deborah Murphy
Debra Swenson
Susan Zori

Clinical Associate Professors

Diane Dembicki
Maureen Roller
Kenneth C. Rondello
David Williams


Ulrich Rosa

Senior Adjunct Faculty

Father Joseph D’Angelo
Anne D’Antuono
Katrina DeVinci
Pat Dolan
JoAnn Victor-Fassman
Janet Franzese


Mission Statement

The mission of the Adelphi University College of Nursing and Public Health is to advance the art and science of nursing and public health, and to promote scholarship in nursing and public health. Through research, education, and practice, students and faculty seek to enhance the quality of life for all people.


Nursing is both an art and a science, built on a foundation of knowledge, theory and research. Nursing makes unique and distinct contributions to the health care system and to society as a whole. The goal of nursing care is to address human needs across the lifespan and promote, protect, maintain, and restore health and human dignity. Nurses act as compassionate providers of care, managers, leaders, educators, researchers, consultants, advocates, and collaborators.

The faculty of the Adelphi University College of Nursing and Public Health believe that nursing education provides the foundation that will guide future nursing practice. Education at all levels, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral, is oriented toward preparing students to participate fully in the health care system, and in the care of patients, families, communities and aggregate populations. As nurses, we strive to promote wellness and eliminate disparities within the context of increasing globalization of health care. As a faculty, we believe in a student-faculty partnership, with each assuming responsibility to meet these components of nursing education: scholarship; dissemination of knowledge; utilization and evaluation of evidence-based practices and technological advances, collaboration, and a commitment to quality and core values.

Core Values

The faculty, staff, and students of the Adelphi University College of Nursing and Public Health embrace and aspire to exemplify the following core values in all aspects of our education and professional work:


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

  • Trustworthiness
  • Openness
  • Moral and ethical decision making
  • Responsible action
  • Honesty


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

  • Academic endeavors
  • Clinical practice
  • Scholarship
  • Lifelong learning


To promote and maintain a culture of mutual respect, including:

  • The right to self determination
  • The rights, beliefs and values of all individuals
  • Recognition of the unique contributions of all persons


To accept responsibility for individual actions or inactions by reflective practice:

  • Acknowledge, accept and meet educational and professional standards
  • Garner resources and support for individual needs


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

  • Embrace and value individual differences
  • Actively seek to understand perspectives different from our own
  • Create an environment of inclusion

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
    • American Red Cross - CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Provider

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.

College of Nursing and Public HealthResource Center

The College of Nursing and Public Health Resource Center 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.

The baccalaureate curricula of the College of Nursing and Public Health are registered by the New York State Education Department, Division of Professional Education. The baccalaureate nursing program is also accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, D.C. 20036-1120, 202.887.6791. The College holds membership in the Council of Baccalaureate and Higher Degree Programs in the National League for Nursing, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.


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

Public Health: Undergraduate

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Nursing: Graduate

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Master of Science

Doctor of Nurse Practitioner

Doctor of Philosophy

Advanced Certificate

Public Health: Graduate

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Master of Public Health

Nutrition: Graduate

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Master of Science

Healthcare Informatics: Graduate


Master of Science

Advanced Certificate