Innovative Practitioners, Leaders and Educators

As an advanced practice nurse, you have the opportunity to make a difference in improving the quality of health care for individuals and populations. You’ll be able to apply your advanced knowledge and skills in a diverse, challenging health-care environment.


The demand and opportunities for advanced nursing practice, including nurse practitioners, continues to grow and expand in health care. Advanced practice nurses are engaged as skilled practitioners and innovative leaders, providing high-quality, evidence-based practice and achieving quality outcomes across the continuum of care.

Advanced practice nurses can contribute to achieving the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s (IHI) Triple Aim by improving the health of populations, enhancing the experience of care for individuals and reducing health-care costs.

Program Distinctions

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 3,500 nurses at the bachelor’s and master’s levels, most of which have assumed leadership positions in advanced nursing practice, education and administration. Nearly every chief nursing officer in New York’s Capital Region is a Russell Sage College graduate.


Flexible Course Schedules

Graduate nursing students have diverse backgrounds and experiences, and we work to help meet your needs. Faculty will help advise and plan out a flexible course schedule that also meets the needs of your personal schedule. You’ll be able to complete the program part time, as well as full time. Face-to-face classes with reduced seat time, online and hybrid classes are available.

Health Alliance Agreement

Many of our graduate nursing students are employed in organizations that are members of our Health Alliance Agreement. As a member, you’ll receive a 10% discount on tuition. You can find a list of our community partners and more information on our Alliance page.


The nursing faculty includes doctorally prepared nurses, advanced practice nurses and researchers who teach, mentor and facilitate application of theory to advanced nursing practice to achieve quality, cost-effective outcomes.

Spotlights Pattern

Your Future

As a graduate of this program, you’ll be prepared to pursue what comes next in your career. Graduates of our program will have career opportunities as nurse practitioners, nurse educators, nurse executive-administrators and clinical nurse specialists.

Master’s and Post-Master’s Certificates

  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse
  • Practitioner Across the Lifespan
  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse
  • Practitioner (Post-master’s only)
  • Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Nurse Educator
  • Nurse Administrator

Clinical Experience

Clinical experiences will be individualized with advanced practice, nationally certified preceptors. Specific clinical placement depends on your program track.

Program Objective

The department of Nursing strives to promote graduate nursing 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.

Credits & Completion

The master’s program ranges from 42 to 48 credits and can be completed full-time in approximately two years, or part-time. Post-master’s certificates are determined based on previous graduate coursework and can also be completed on a full- or part-time basis.

Application Requirements

Applicants to the Department of Nursing must be a Registered Professional Nurse and meet Sage Graduate School admission requirements. In addition, students entering the Graduate Program in Nursing must have a 3.0 GPA and have successfully completed an undergraduate statistics course within three years of admission or demonstrate competency by a portfolio or upon advisement.


  • Spring Semester: October 1
  • Fall Semester: March 1

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Professor & Co-Director, Nursing
Professor & Co-Director, Nursing