Accelerated Nursing Program

This full-time, in-person program in Albany, New York, provides students who already hold a bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing with the 54 credits in nursing and 760 clinical hours needed to graduate with an Accelerated B.S. in Nursing in as few as 16 months. This equals four semesters, which includes one summer semester.

Start the program in the fall, and finish the program in December the following year.

  • First fall semester: 12 credits
  • Spring semester: 16 credits
  • Summer semester: 14 credits
  • Final fall semester: 12 credits
  • Begin clinical experiences in your first semester and gain experience in our state-of-the-art Nursing Simulation Lab. Practice with full-body patient simulation manikins before you begin working with real patients.
  • After you gain experience there, you’ll transition to a variety of clinical settings, including acute and community-based care of adult (including geriatric), pediatric, maternal/child (including labor and delivery), psychiatric and community populations.
  • In your last semester, you’ll select an expanded clinical rotation (240 hours) with a patient population of interest. After you earn your Bachelor of Science in Nursing, you’ll be eligible to take the initial NCLEX-RN licensure examination.
  • Expert faculty: Learn from faculty who are certified nurse practitioners, certified nurse educators, midwives, doctorally-prepared expert clinicians, administrators and researchers with years of experience.
  • Individualized attention: Take classes in person and receive the mentorship you deserve.
  • Opportunities for service: Our faculty and students are dedicated to making a difference in community health, and they participate in numerous volunteer and service learning opportunities. Be a nurse who transforms lives.
  • Enriched clinicals: You’ll be introduced to faculty-directed clinicals in state-of-the-art simulation labs.
  • Name recognition: You will graduate with a Russell Sage degree, which is meaningful given our 100-year history in nursing and health care education.

Course Requirements

Credits and Completion

In this Accelerated B.S. in Nursing program, up to 60 credits can be applied from the previous bachelor’s degree program.

Russell Sage College strives to promote baccalaureate education in an environment which emphasizes the development of individuals as professional nurses with a vision of their own power and a clear sense of self and their professional role.

Total investment for 16-month Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program
Comprehensive student fee$2,325
Books, supplies, and clinical and testing fees$4,448
Minus minimum institutional aid-$26,250
Total program investment*$42,548
*Students may be eligible for additional federal or state aid depending on their individual circumstances. They should be sure to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid to obtain additional eligibility information. All costs are estimates based on current information.
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Do you work at Albany Med Health System?

Albany Med Health System and Russell Sage have partnered to address the nursing shortage through innovative programs like this one. Albany Med employees pursuing the accelerated bachelor of science in nursing degree at Russell Sage can:

  • Gain hands-on experience in clinical practicums offered across the Albany Med Health System. 
  • Get guaranteed per-diem/part-time employment at Albany Medical Center during your program, and Albany Med will make every effort possible to accommodate your course schedule.

Easily Apply

Apply any time and start in the fall semester.

“You’re not just getting your nursing bachelor’s degree. You’re getting a liberal arts education that supports the work you’re going to do …”

Marcy Fiet, MS, RN, CNM

Your Future Career with a Bachelor’s in Nursing

Recent Sage graduates are registered nurses on the medical/surgical intensive care, medical cardiology, neonatal intensive care, pediatric intensive care and other units at Albany Medical Center; on a cardiovascular progressive care unit in Tavares, Florida; and in other lifesaving positions throughout New York state and across the country.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics:


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Graduate Studies

Many students with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing  pursue a Master of Science in Nursing at Russell Sage College. The master of science degree program offers a variety of nurse practitioner programs, including adult-gerontology primary care, family, psych, and adult-gerontology acute care.

“I’m able to come back and speak to nursing students about what I do as a forensic nurse“

Tess Carstensen, nurse practitioner and Russell Sage College alumna
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