Originally created by the Dominican Sisters of Blauvelt to train women for a teaching career in the Catholic tradition, current day Dominican College in Orangeburg, New York now offers a strong liberal arts education, both online and on campus.
Dominican College is now co-educational, offering over 34 different undergraduate majors across several disciplines, from the original education instruction, to business and nursing, as well as almost a dozen Master’s degree programs, a PhD offering (in Physical Therapy), and certificate programs. Located just outside New York City, Dominican is now a co-educational school for all faiths, with a diverse student body of around 1,800 looking to pursue a professional education with a strong liberal arts base.
The college employs a “student-centered” approach to educating, offering a number of programs not just for kids looking for a Bachelor’s degree, but for adults and those who can’t allow school to interrupt life. While many of the traditional undergrad majors are still offered online courses that go hand-in-hand with in-class work, Dominican understands the needs of working adults looking to further education, creating both distance learning programs that meet only a couple times on campus, as well as accelerated and weekend courses.
Online classes are fully accredited and are flexible enough to fit just about any schedule. Master’s degree and certificate programs offered online are varied, each with the same attention and teacher involvement as in-class education, with email and office hours that allow for consistent contact should questions arise.
For example, the college offers a Master of Science in Education degree for the teacher’s of the visually impaired that meets only twice per semester, with the rest of the coursework being done online. Many Master’s programs are designed like this, allowing for only occasionally interruption of their daily life. Dominican has always offered alternative options, even in the beginning when their night classes were expanded to allow male learners before the school was officially coed. Other programs, such as the an accelerated program that allows you to complete you last year of undergrad while you are beginning work on your first post-graduate year keep their tradition of flexible education.
Blackboard is, of course, used to facilitate online work, be it assignments or applications, and all coursework is monitored by a faculty that enjoys a low 15:1 student-teacher ratio, the low class sizes offering the individual attention that many students don’t get in other colleges. It’s location in the Hudson Valley is perfect for bringing in out-of-state learners, as its location 20 miles from Manhattan allows for those weekend learners to come from as far as Pennsylvania and Canada. Adult learning programs also offer accelerated evening classes, with terms lasting just eight weeks and classes that meet during the week for four hours at night. At least one class from each session is conducted online and faculty consist of both fully accredited teachers and industry professionals, giving a complete class in a fraction of the time and earning up to 36 credits a year. This is most evidently helpful in their Nursing programs, with three different programs meant to raise an RN to a BSN without depriving them of necessary on the job time.
Without ever losing their “values oriented” approach to educating, Dominican is a complete learning experience for those near and far.