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Nursing RN (B.S.)

The Nursing RN to BS program in the School of Professional and Continuing Education is for for registered nurses (RN). The program is designed to serve students who are already Registered Nurses or are eligible candidates for the national examination for licensure as Registered Professional  Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

The program builds on the registered nurses’ knowledge and experience, broadens their horizons in collaborative and contemporary nursing practice and advances their career opportunities. The program is self-paced, flexible and designed to provide students with the opportunity to complete their degree while working. Registered nurses work closely with a nursing advisor to plan the program of study. 

The mission statement of the Department of Nursing at Sage is to provide and promote baccalaureate, graduate, and doctoral 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. The department endeavors to prepare graduates who are critical thinkers, who utilize, transmit, and develop new knowledge through  systematic models of scholarly inquiry, and who demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning. Preparation for excellence in nursing practice is achieved through the integration of arts and sciences, humanistic concern for the health and well-being of others, and an awareness and appreciation of cultural diversity in a pluralistic society. The Sage Colleges strives to prepare graduates who are assertive and practice client advocates, enabling clients to maximize their own potential. The global and technological context in which the nursing profession continues to evolve is emphasized, with the expectation that our graduates will assume leadership roles as professionals, and  citizens in organizations to influence health care delivery, nursing education, and the welfare of society.


The baccalaureate and master’s degree programs in nursing at The Sage Colleges are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202)  887-6791, and New York State Education Department.

The Nursing Program is a member agency of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the Council of Deans of Nursing of Senior Colleges and Universities in New York State. 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.


The program requires completion of upper division nursing courses which build on the student’s Associate degree nursing courses. The liberal arts courses provide a broader education for students in the changing health care environment. The curriculum contains four undergraduate nursing courses that expand nursing knowledge and experience in contemporary practice, health promotion, community/public health nursing and leadership. The  discipline-based elective course provides the flexibility to offer contemporary topics of critical interest to nurses. The two graduate nursing courses provide the core of advanced practice and a basis for early entry into the  Master’s Degree program. Some of the course work will be web-based.

Students entering SPCE may transfer up to 90 credit hours toward the bachelor’s degree credit requirement. Students must complete a minimum of 30 credits in residence, upper level courses specified by the requirements of his/her program, and LIFE Skills/general education classes as specified by the catalog. All credits earned as a direct requirement of an Associate’s Degree with a grade of “C-” or better, are eligible for transfer credit toward a baccalaureate degree at SPCE. SPCE will accept up to a total of 66 credits earned at a two year college regardless of whether an Associate’s Degree was awarded. Not all accepted credits are applicable toward degree requirements. Students should meet with academic advisors to ascertain the applicability of previously acquired credits. Students typically transfer in 36–54 credits of liberal arts credits from their associate degree program or other college programs, with an additional 30 credits of nursing being validated. A minimum of 30 credits must be completed at Sage, with 60 credits of liberal arts and a total of 120 credits required.

Clinical Placements

Students are responsible for providing their own transportation for clinical experiences, and are required to carry liability insurance and have a current physical examination, including immunizations and titers. Hepatitis B  immunization is required prior to the clinical experience. Documentation of health clearance is required. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification is required of all students before entering a clinical experience. A $40.00 fine will be assessed for students who do not have health clearance information received in the Nursing Department on a timely basis. Students must meet the requirements of the clinical during the course.

Degree Requirements

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 or BIO 213 Human Physiology with Lab 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

Support Courses : 19 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

Total completed credits required for bachelor degree (minimum): 120 credits.

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.

Academic Standards

Student progress in the program is reviewed at the end of each semester by the Nursing department’s undergraduate Academic Standards Committee. Appeals of decisions by the Nursing Academic Standards Committee may be made by submitting a written petition to the Coordinator of the BS program.

Nursing requires the following academic standards:

  • Admission to the RN to BS program requires a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher and successful completion of NCLEX-RN, national examination for licensure as Registered Professional Nurses or eligible for NCLEX-RN examination
  • For all students, the overall cumulative gradepoint average (GPA) must meet the college standards.
  • Students must receive a grade of “C” or higher in all nursing courses.  
  • GPA in the major includes all nursing and required support courses. Nursing students must have a nursing major GPA of 3.00 (minimum) by completion of 12 credits of 300-level nursing (NSG) courses and for all subsequent semesters. 
  • A student whose nursing GPA is below a 3.00 after completion of 12 credits of 300-level NSG courses will be reviewed by the Nursing Program’s Academic Standards Committee and will be put on probation in the Nursing major for the next semester.  
  • Successful completion of NCLEX-RN examination required for enrollment in 400-level or above NSG courses.
  • Policies related to Academic Standards such as probation, dismissal, and readmission and the Code of Conduct can be found, in detail, in the Nursing Department Student Handbook.
  • For additional information, call the Nursing Program at (518)-244-2231 and/or write: Department of Nursing, The Sage Colleges, 65 First Street, Troy, New York 12180 or 140 New Scotland Avenue, Albany, New York 12208 (e-mail: [email protected]).

Sample Full-time Course Plan

First Year


  • NSG 331 Contemp Prof Nsg Practice
  • NSG 332 Assess for Hlth Pro and Risk Red
  • LIFE Interdisciplinary course (ITD 300-level course)
  • SCI 120 - Nutrition Science


  • 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 (if needed)

  • Liberal Arts elective
  • Liberal Arts elective

Second Year


  • 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)


  • NSG 404 Leadership in Professional Nursing
  • NSG 559 Nursing in a Sociopolitical-Environment (see Graduate Catalog)
  • Liberal Arts elective
  • Liberal Arts elective


Degree Completion Notes:
Completion of Literacies of Connection General Education Requirements
Total credits required for graduation (minimum): 120 credits
Cumulative GPA required for graduation (minimum): 2.00
Major GPA required for graduation (minimum): 3.00
1/2 of major requirements must be completed at Sage