Sage Slashes Tuition for RN to BSN Students Effective Jan. 1, 2012

October 21, 2011 at 3:51 pm

The Sage Colleges announced today that it will dramatically slash tuition for RN to BSN nursing students effective January 1, 2012. 

The announcement, made at the 2011 Nurses’ Day of Inquiry held at St. Peter’s Health Care Services in Albany, is part of Sage’s commitment to ensure high-quality, patient centered, and cost-effective care while addressing the nursing shortage.  Effective January 1, 2012 Sage's RN students will pay $400 a credit hour for bachelor’s degree courses. The current price is $660 per credit hour. 

In the spirit of partnership and collaboration and with a shared commitment to developing the best trained nurses, Sage will also offer on-site courses at St. Peter's Hospital and Glens Falls Hospital.

Glenda Kelman, chair of the nursing department at Sage is excited to be a part of the new face of nursing in New York State.  'We asked what can we do as an institution to support the advancement of registered nurses?” asked Kelman. "This is the school's answer; instead of $40,000, the program will now cost $24,000.” Most RNs with associate degrees need 60 credit hours to obtain their bachelor’s degree. 

The Institute for Medicine (IOM) last year set a goal of increasing the number of baccalaureate nurses to 80 percent by 2020. Sage, a renowned leader in the education and development of well-trained health care providers, is on the cusp of the changing landscape of the nursing profession.  The challenge is on; Kelman knows that reducing tuition will increase the numbers of better trained nurses more efficiently and will ensure the most cost-effective, highest level of patient care and safety.  

New York was one of five states selected by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the Institute of Medicine to be pilot sites for increasing the number of nurses with higher educations.  Sage was recently awarded a significant grant by the RWJF to translate those recommendations into everyday practice.  The team, led by assistant professor of nursing Kathleen Kelly and School of Management associate dean Kimberly Fredericks, will be analyzing the IOM’s recommendations for the landmark 2010 report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change and Advancing Healthcare. 

Sage President Susan Scrimshaw, an internationally respected medical anthropologist, has made a clear statement about Sage’s commitment to the future of the healthcare industry.  Aligning Sage’s initiatives with those of the IOM and the RJWF reflects Sage’s dedication to ensuring the highest level of quality, safe, cost-effective care.