OCC Nursing Program Among New York State’s Best

Nursing student Matt Duda (left) practices draining a tracheostomy on a simulated patient under the watchful eye of Professor Cynthia Arcuri (right).

Matthew Duda thinks Onondaga Community College’s Nursing program is as good as it gets. “What separates it is the positive learning environment. From day one the message from faculty to the students has been, ‘this is hard but you can do this and we are here to help.’ Our instructors take a genuine interest in helping students succeed. They are always asking the students for feedback in a constant attempt to improve the learning experience.”

People with Registered Nursing.org agree. That’s why the organization recently named OCC’s Nursing program one of the top ten in all of New York State. In its evaluation Registered Nursing.org stated: “Onondaga Community College produces competent and confident nursing graduates who succeed to fill gaps in nursing care throughout the state and beyond. OCC graduates advance the standards of nursing care.” OCC received a score of 93.33 out of 100.

Duda is a 1996 graduate of Bishop Ludden High School who tried his hand at many different occupations before winding up in OCC’s Nursing program. His work history includes positions as an editor and producer at World Wrestling Entertainment and an English teacher in Yemen in a program sponsored by the State Department.

Today life couldn’t be better for Duda. He and his wife Taylor are expecting their first child in the fall. He hopes to be earning his Nursing degree a year from now as he continues on his path to becoming a certified registered nurse anesthetist. He’ll get where he wants to go with guidance from OCC’s Nursing program. “It’s the best value by far. The affordable tuition makes this program ideal for anyone who already owns a mountain of student loan debt or for those smart enough to not take any on in the first place.”

You can learn more about OCC’s Nursing program by visiting the College’s website.

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