Nursing for Registered Nurses

[BS for RNs]

New for Registered Nurses

» Reduced tuition! Now $400 per credit hour.

» Courses offered on site at Glens Falls Hospital and St. Peter's Hospital

» Option for dual admission to the BS/MS program.

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The B.S. program for RNs is designed to serve working professionals who are already registered nurses or are eligible candidates for the National Examination for Licensure as Registered Professional Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Building upon the registered nurses' knowledge and clinical experience, the program is geared at broadening horizons in collaborative and contemporary nursing practices, while at the same time developing leadership skills, increasing marketability and advancing career opportunities with a self-paced flexible format that accommodates the schedule of the busy adult.

Program Highlights

  • Reduced Tuition! Now $400 per credit hour
  • On-site courses offered at Glens Falls Hospital and St. Peter's Hospital
  • Part of the program coursework is web-based for additional convenience
  • Two first-level graduate nursing courses are offered during the final year to help accelerate graduate education and serve as the basis for early entrance into the Master's program in Nursing
  • More than 20 area hospitals, health departments, home care and ambulatory care settings provide a wide range of clinical experiences for students
  • Nursing faculty all have graduate preparation in nursing and have expertise in fields such as acute care, community health, and gerontology.
  • Sage's nursing program has been accepted as a John A. Hartford Foundation Baccalaureate Program Partner for dissemination of Best Nursing Practices in Care for Older Adults
  • Accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Professional Benefits

  • Graduates assume leadership roles within organizations that influence home health care delivery and the welfare of society
  • Sage graduates are better poised to serve as managers and educators in helping to aid in the national nursing shortage
  • Professionals have a clear sense of their role and are better prepared to serve as health advocates and maximize their own potential.

Accreditation

The Sage Colleges is accredited by the Middle States Association Commission on Higher Education. The Department of Nursing is a member agency of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, the National League for Nursing, and the Council of Deans of Nursing in Senior Colleges and Universities in New York State.

The Baccalaureate and Masters Degree Programs in Nursing at The Sage Colleges are accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, D.C., 20036, (202) 887-6791. All nursing programs are registered with the New York State Education Department. The Nursing Program has been a participant in the John A. Hartford Foundation Baccalaureate Program Partner for dissemination of Best Nursing Practices in Care for Older Adults.


Degree Requirements

Required Upper Division Nursing Courses : 25 Credits

  • NSG 331 Contemp Professional Nsg Practice : 4 Credits
  • NSG 332 Assess for Hlth Pro and Risk Red : 3 Credits
  • NSG 402 Comm/Publ Hlth Nsg in Chng Wld : 6 Credits
  • NSG 404 Leadership in Professional Nsg : 3 Credits
  • NSG 558 Paradigms & Perspectives of Advanced Practice Nursing (see graduate catalog) : 3 Credits
  • NSG 559 Nursing in a Sociopolitical-Environment (see graduate catalog) : 3 Credits
  • NSG 448 Topics in Nursing : 3 Credits

Science : 12 credits
A minimum of 12 credits in Science is required.

  • BIO 201 Anatomy and Physiology I : 4 credits
  • BIO 202 Anatomy and Physiology II : 4 credits
    • BIO 117 Human Physiology course may be substituted for BIO 201/BIO 202
  • BIO 208 Microbiology : 4 Credits
  • CHM 111 General Chemistry I : 4 Credits or PHY 101 Physics I with lab : 4 credits

Required Support Courses : 18 credits

  • PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology
  • PSY 202 Human Development or PSY 208 Developmental Science
  • PSY 207 Statistics w/Computer Applications
  • SCI 120 Nutrition Science
  • SCL 101 Intro to Sociology
  • SCL 350 Research for the Professions

Note: In associate degree nursing programs, the student often completes chemistry or microbiology, but not usually both sciences.  Typically, students transfer in credits for anatomy & physiology I & II, chemistry or microbiology, psychology 101, psychology 202 or 203, sociology 101, humanities 112, and might have computer literacy, nutrition and humanities courses.


General Education Requirements
LIFE Skills Curriculum

Requirement # of
credits
HUM 112 Language and Community
• Complete HUM 112. 
(HUM 112, HUM 113, ENG 101, or ENG 102 may be used to fulfill this requirement).
3
Humanities
• Complete two of the following: ARH, COM, EGL, HUM, PHL, SPA, FRE
6
Social Science
• Complete two of the following: CRM, ECO, HIS, PSC, PSY, PSYC, SCL
6
Science
• Complete two of the following: BIO, CHM, PHY, SCI
6-8
Mathematics
• Complete MAT 110 or higher
(ECO 215 or PSY 207 may be used to fulfill this requirement).
3
Interdisciplinary Topics
• Complete one course ITD 300 level
3
Technology Competency
• Waiver competency test available
0-3
Experiential-Based Learning
(Internship)
in the major
Capstone Seminar
(Senior Project)
in the major
Total LIFE Credits 30-32

*Note: One three credit course may “double count” in helping students to meet both a major requirement and general education requirement. Course credits are not doubled however.


BS/MS Program

The BS/MS program is an early entrance into the MS program offered at Sage Graduate School. This program has been developed to meet the needs of students and clinical agencies in the northeast region. The program provides a sequence of courses to: 1) facilitate the progress of registered nurses who wish to obtain both a baccalaureate and a master’s degree in nursing, and 2) increase the number of nurses who are prepared in advanced practice to help meet societal needs. A major advantage of this program is the application of up to 12 credits toward both degree requirements. Qualified students can obtain the MS degree in a shorter period of time. Candidates for the BS/MS program must have and maintain a 3.00 GPA in all undergraduate coursework and a 3.0 GPA in graduate work. Application to the BS/MS program is accomplished through the Sage Graduate School after successful completion of specified course work and upon recommendation of faculty of the Nursing Department. Evaluation for continuation in the program will occur after the completion of each semester of coursework.


Options for Students with 90 Transfer Credits

  • Nursing: Sample Plan for 90 Credits Transfer Students:
    Sample plan for RN students who transfer 90 credits that meet both the required nursing and support courses and the required general education courses.
  • Accelerated option for 90 Credit Transfer Students:
    Students who are able to transfer in 90 credits may be able to work with their advisor to develop an individualized accelerated program. Please contact the Nursing Department for more information, nursing@sage.edu.

Sample Full-time Program Plan

First Year

Fall

  • NSG 331 - Contemp Prof Nsg Practice
  • NSG 332 - Assess for Hlth Pro and Risk Red
  • LIFE Interdisciplinary course (ITD 348)
  • CHM 111 - General Chemistry I (or summer)
  • SCI 120 - Nutrition Science

Spring

  • NSG 402 - Comm/Publ Hlth Nsg in Chng Wld
  • Statistics Course
  • SCL 350 - Research for the Professions
  • Humanities Course: HUM/PHL/EGL/COM/Foreign Language Humanities elective

Summer

  • BIO 208 - Microbiology
  • CSI 150 - Advanced Computer Literacy

Second Year

Fall

  • NSG 558 - Paradigms & Perspectives of Advanced Practice Nursing (see graduate catalog)
  • Humanities course
  • Liberal Arts elective
  • NSG 448 - Topics in Nursing (or elective graduate nursing course)

Spring

  • NSG 404 - Leadership in Professional Nursing
  • NSG 559 - Nursing in a Sociopolitical-Environment (see graduate catalog)


Summer

  • Complete remaining liberal arts and sciences courses not transferred in.