The Face of Health Care
At Russell Sage College, 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, clinical nurse specialists, administrators and researchers with years of experience in the field. Small class sizes ensure that you’re not just a number, and you’ll receive faculty support every step of the way.
Russell Sage College has provided nursing education for almost 100 years and is highly regarded by the health-care community. Our programs have graduated more than 4,000 nurses at the bachelor’s and master’s levels, most of which have assumed leadership positions in nursing 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
Assistant Professor of Nursing
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After you graduate from the program, you’ll be eligible to take the initial NCLEX-RN licensure examination. Once you successfully pass, 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.
Graduate Nursing Opportunities
Many graduates of the program continue on at Russell Sage College to pursue graduate degrees in Nursing. 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.
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.
Nursing 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.
- First-year Students: Rolling Admission
- Transfer & Graduate Students
- Spring Semester: October 1
- Fall Semester: March 1
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.