The Face of Health Care

As a Nursing major, you’ll turn your interest in health care, your compassion and your desire to help others into an exciting and potentially life-saving career.


As a nurse, you’ll provide crucial health care for your patients. You’ll be an important link between family and loved ones to health-care institutions, providing physical, mental and emotional care. Preventative medicine is also a vital component of nursing, and you’ll learn how to educate your patients on this topic.


Faculty are certified nurse practitioners, certified nurse educators, midwives, doctorally-prepared expert clinicians, administrators and researchers with years of experience. Small class sizes ensure that you’re not just a number, and you’ll receive faculty support every step of the way.

Program Distinctions

Russell Sage College has offered a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree for 100 years and is highly regarded by the health care community. Our programs have graduated nearly 6,000 nurses at the bachelor’s and master’s levels, most of whom have assumed leadership positions in practice, education and administration. Nearly every chief nursing officer in New York’s Capital Region is a Russell Sage College graduate.

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

Marcy Fiet, MS, RN, CNM

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Careers with a Nursing Bachelor’s Degree

After you earn your Bachelor of Science in Nursing, you’ll be eligible to take the initial NCLEX-RN licensure examination. Upon passing, you’ll be able to pursue job opportunities across the country. Approximately 95-98% of Russell Sage College nursing graduates are employed in diverse health care settings.

Recent 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.

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Graduate Studies with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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.

Academic/Clinical Learning Experiences

You may pursue your Nursing bachelor’s degree full time or part time. The first two years are designed to broaden your educational experience with general education courses and prerequisites. The last two years include nursing-intensive classes (54 credits) and clinical rotations (760 clinical hours).

Clinical Rotations

You’ll be introduced to faculty-directed clinicals in our state-of-the-art simulation labs. After you gain experience there, you’ll transition to a variety of clinical settings, including acute and community-based care of the adult (including geriatric), pediatric, maternal/child (including labor and delivery), psychiatric and community populations.


In the last semester of your capstone practicum, you’ll have the unique opportunity to select an expanded clinical rotation (240 hours) with a patient population of interest. This real-world experience is invaluable and better prepares students for an exciting nursing career.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program Objectives

The department of Nursing 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.

Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Requirements

120 credits total, consisting of 54 credits in nursing, plus an additional 27 nursing prerequisite course credits, and 60 credits in the Arts & Sciences, including 36 general education credits.

Application Deadlines

  • First-year Students: Rolling Admission
  • Transfer & Graduate Students
    • Spring Semester: October 1
    • Fall Semester: March 1


Transfer Credits

If you’re a transfer student, you’ll be accepted into the program prior to your junior year. You can transfer up to 60 credits from an associate degree program, or up to 75 from a baccalaureate program.

The sequence of nursing courses requires four semesters of study. We’ll work with you to evaluate your prior coursework and establish a schedule for the remaining courses in the curriculum.


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