St. Bonaventure University

Dual Degree Nursing Program

St. Bonaventure University partners with the Cattaraugus County Campus of Jamestown Community College in a blended campus program in which students earn an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing from JCC and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from St. Bonaventure.

CCNE logoThe Dual Degree Nursing Program at St. Bonaventure University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is an autonomous accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the public's health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing.

Two degrees, two programs committed to excellence 

Nursing student receiving instructionThis unique dual degree opportunity blends the expert faculty and facilities of two accredited* nursing programs, enabling students to obtain their registered nurse license and complete their B.S. in nursing in four years. 

Students apply for admission to St. Bonaventure and live on the SBU campus. They take classes at SBU and at JCC's Cattaraugus County Campus, located in the heart of downtown Olean.

All but two classes freshman year are taken at St. Bonaventure. In years two and three, all classes except one each semester are taken at JCC. Senior year, all classes are at St. Bonaventure.

Studies in the first, second and third year of the program prepare students to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) while taking liberal arts and sciences through a blended-campus approach. 

Upon finishing their third year, students earn an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing degree from JCC and can take the NCLEX-RN to become registered nurses, allowing them to begin entry-level practice.

Since the last year of the program is presented in a hybrid format, students have the freedom to begin working as registered nurses if they choose to gain experience while finishing their bachelor’s degrees at St. Bonaventure.
The SBU/JCC Dual Degree Nursing Program enables graduates to satisfy the New York state requirement that nurses who graduate from associate degree or diploma nursing programs obtain a bachelor's degree in nursing within 10 years of initial licensure.

A nursing student in a simulated care stationFacilities & resources

Nursing student in a simulation labSt. Bonaventure's nursing programs are part of the university's Dennis R. DePerro School of Health Professions, which is housed in Francis Hall, where $15 million in renovations in 2020-21 transformed one of the grandest buildings on campus into a state-of-the-art health care education center.

Facilities include a physical diagnosis lab with 3,000 square feet of floor space that includes:
  • three exam rooms
  • inpatient stations with hospital beds and real working nursing equipment, such as Alaris IV pumps, MedRX medication carts for simulation, and manikins for every bed
  • outpatient learning stations with clinic exam tables and divider curtains
There are also student breakout rooms throughout the building, a locker room, as well as modern classrooms, meeting spaces, labs and faculty offices.

Jamestown Community College offers dedicated classrooms and labs for dual-degree students, as well as teaching technology and student learning space. A dedicated nursing arts laboratory is also available that includes high- and low-fidelity simulation manikins, clinical supplies, and presentation technology equipment.

  • Application timeline for fall 2023

    Applications will be considered until seats are filled.
    • Qualified applicants will be contacted individually about scheduling a Zoom interview.
    • Interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis, as needed.

    *If an applicant is offered a seat in the program, they must accept or decline the seat by May 1, 2023 – the national enrollment deadline.

    Admission requirements and procedures

    Prospective students apply for admission to St. Bonaventure, indicating dual degree nursing as their major. This is a competitive program, with a limit of 22 admissions per year.

    It is recommended that applicants have a 90% or above high school average and that they have successfully completed high school or college chemistry. A strong science-based academic background is highly recommended.

    Students must meet certain benchmarks to advance through the program. They will have a faculty adviser to help them meet the program benchmarks and guide them through the process of meeting requirements of the AAS program at JCC.

    Students in the program are responsible for their own transportation to and from the two campuses.

    This program requires that students have the series of vaccinations against COVID-19.

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      Mar 29, 2023 | A May 5 conference being organized by faculty in St. Bonaventure's Dennis R. DePerro School of Health Professions will address conditions in the social environment of Western New York that affect a wide range of health outcomes and the quality of life.

      Mar 16, 2023 | Dr. Connie Perkins, RN, CNE, founding director of nursing, and Darla Kent, clinical assistant professor of occupational therapy, have achieved certification to teach mental health first aid to students and the community.

      Feb 24, 2023 | Connie Perkins, Ph.D., RN, CNE, and Tom Buttafarro, director of government and community relations at St. Bonaventure, accompanied Master's Entry to Practice nursing students to the Olean offices of two state representatives on Feb. 17 to lobby for legislation affecting nurses.


    *Jamestown Community College and St. Bonaventure University are accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

    JCC's Associate of Applied Science in Nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.

    St. Bonaventure’s nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).