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Nursing (B.S.)

Baccalaureate preparation in Nursing provides a foundation for a nursing career, which includes roles in acute care and community based care environments and for graduate education in advanced practice. Many opportunities are available for baccalaureate-prepared nurses in today’s health care system. Students must complete all support courses in BIO, CHM/PHY, SCI, and PSY prior to beginning any NSG courses.

Nursing Program Requirements : 85-86 credits

Support Courses : 31-32 credits
Complete all of the following:

BIO 201 Anatomy and Physiology I : 4 credits
BIO 202 Anatomy and Physiology II : 4 credits
BIO 208 Microbiology : 4 credits
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology : 3 credits
PSY 202 Human Development : 3 credits -or- PSY 208 Developmental Science : 4 credits
SCI 120 Nutrition Science : 3 credits
SOC 350 Research for the Professions : 3 credits

Complete one of the following science courses with laboratory : 4 credits
   CHM 103 Introduction to General Chemistry (recommended)
   CHM 111 General Chemistry I
   PHY 101 General Physics I

Complete one sociology course : 3 credits
   SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology (recommended)

Nursing : 54 credits
Complete all of the following:
NSG 201 Theoretical Basis of Nursing : 4 credits
NSG 207 Health Assessment and Professional Strategies : 4 credits
NSG 212 Nursing Concepts I : 4 credits
NSG 323 Nursing Concepts II : 6 credits
NSG 325 Family Community Health Nursing I : 3 credits
NSG 326 Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing : 4 credits
NSG 333 Nursing Concepts III : 6 credits
NSG 345 Nursing Pharmacology : 3 credits
NSG 355 Reproduction and Sexuality : 4 credits
NSG 405 Leadership/Management in Nursing : 2 credits
NSG 409 Professional Role: Challenges and Issues : 2 credits
NSG 425 Family and Community Health II : 4 credits
NSG 450 Transitions in Professional Practice : 8 credits

Degree Completion Notes
Total credits required for bachelor degree (minimum): 120 credits
Completion of General Education coursework required
1/2 of major requirements must be completed at Sage
Cumulative GPA required for graduation (minimum): 2.000
Major GPA required for graduation (minimum): 3.000

Suggested Course Sequence

The following is a general schedule for the Nursing major. Check all course descriptions for prerequisites before planning your course schedule. Other course sequences are possible and may be required to accommodate students in clinical placements. Consult your advisor or the Nursing Program Coordinator. Note also that one can introduce flexibility into this recommended sequence by shifting elective and/or general education slots around to allow one to select other courses of personal interest or compensate for scheduling conflicts.

Year 1- Fall: 16 credits
WRT 101 (3 credits)
PSY 101 (3 credits)
SOC 101 or Sociology Elective (3 credits)
CHM 103 & CHM 103L (4 credits)
RSC 101 (3 credits)

Year 1- Spring: 16 credits
WRT 201 (3 credits)
BIO 201 & BIO 201L (4 credits)
SCI 120 (3 credits)
General Education Requirement (3 credits)
Elective (3 credits)

Year 2- Fall: 17 credits
PSY 208 (4 credits)
BIO 202 & BIO 202L (4 credits)
RSC 201 (3 credits)
General Education Requirement (3 credits)
General Education Requirement (3 credits)

Year 2- Spring: 16 credits
BIO 208 & BIO 208L (4 credits)
SOC 350 (3 credits)
General Education Requirement (3 credits)
General Education Requirement (3 credits)
General Education Requirement (3 credits)

Year 3- Fall: 12-15 credits
NSG 201 (4 credits) ¹
NSG 207, NSG 207L, NSG 207R (4 credits) ¹
NSG 212, NSG 212L, NSG 212R (4 credits) ¹
¹Completion of: CHM 103 or CHM 111 or PHY 101, and BIO 201, BIO 202, BIO 208, SCI 120, PSY 101, and PSY 202 or 208, is required.

Year 3- Spring: 16 credits
NSG 323, NSG 323L, NSG 323R (6 credits)
NSG 325, NSG 325L (3 credits)
NSG 326, NSG 326L (4 credits)
NSG 345 (3 credits)

Year 4- Fall: 17 credits
RSC 301 (3 credits)
NSG 333, NSG 333L (6 credits)
NSG 355, NSG 355L (4 credits)
NSG 425 (4 credits)

Year 4- Spring: 12 credits
NSG 405 (2 credits)
NSG 409 (2 credits)
NSG 450, NSG 450L (8 credits)

Degree Completion Notes

Total credits required for bachelor degree (minimum): 120 credits
Cumulative GPA required for graduation (minimum): 2.000
Major GPA required for graduation (minimum): 3.000
1/2 of major requirements must be completed at Sage (minimum)
Completion of all required General Education coursework.

Graduates of Baccalaureate or Associate Degree Programs or Transfer Students

A person with an earned baccalaureate or associate degree - in a discipline outside of nursing - may enroll in the Nursing program, transferring in up to a maximum total of 66 credits.

Graduates of Registered Nurse Programs

A Registered Nurse (RN) who has matriculated at Russell Sage College prior to Spring 2003 may complete the Bachelor of Science degree, with advanced standing. Advanced standing is granted for the successful completion of examinations or by validation from approved courses taken at other colleges. Registered nurses earn a BS degree on a full-time or part-time basis. The program features scheduling so that the students may continue employment. Registered nurses interested in beginning baccalaureate coursework should apply to the Russell Sage College RN/BS program in Sage’s School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE). A nursing student works closely with a nursing advisor to plan the program of study.

Russell Sage COllege 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 master’s degree programs in nursing at Russell Sage College 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.


The Mission Statement of the Department of Nursing is to provide and promote baccalaureate, graduate, and doctoral nursing education in an environment that 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. Russell Sage College strives to prepare graduates who are assertive and practice client advocacy, 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 both professionals and citizens striving to influence health care delivery, nursing education, and the welfare of society.

Program Characteristics

The program emphasizes faculty advisement and program planning. The nursing program leading to a Bachelor of Science Degree may be completed by full- or part-time study. Transfer students may complete the program in 5 semesters (minimum of 21 months), depending on the number of prerequisites that they have completed. Nursing student scholarships and loans are available. Professional courses start in the freshman or sophomore year and continue through the senior year. Clinical experiences are available at Capital District agencies such as  Albany Medical Center; St. Peter’s Health Care; Albany Stratton VA Health Center; Visiting Nurses Associations; Albany, Schenectady and Rensselaer County Health Departments; the Capital District Psychiatric Center; Bellevue Women’s Center; Seton Health System; Ellis Hospital;  Northeast Health; and a variety of other health agencies.

Clinical Laboratory Requirements

Students are responsible for providing their own transportation for clinical experiences. Students are required to carry liability insurance and have a current physical examination including immunizations and titers. Hepatitis B immunization is required prior to clinical experience. This health clearance is required for each clinical semester. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification is required of all students before entering sophomore clinical courses and must be current for all clinical courses. Students may not attend clinical unless cleared and are responsible for costs incurred for clinical make-up related to not meeting these requirements. A $40.00 fine will be assessed to students whose health clearance information is not received in the Nursing Department in a timely manner. Students are financially responsible for costs associated with learning modules, standardized tests, and certain laboratory experiences/equipment. ATI (Assessment Technology Institute) is a company that provides audio and video remediation materials. Fees for ATI will be assessed on tuition bills at three levels; when registered for NSG 201, NSG 323, and NSG 405.

Academic Standards

The Nursing Department requires the following academic standards:

  • For all students, the overall cumulative gradepoint average (GPA) must meet the college standards.
  • Admission to the Nursing program, either as a new student to the College or as a continuing student declaring Nursing as a new major, requires a cumulative GPA of 3.000 for all coursework required for the Nursing program.
  • Students must maintain a major GPA of 3.000 to progress in the Nursing Program.*
  • Student progress in the Nursing program is reviewed at the end of each semester by the program’s undergraduate Academic Standards Committee.
  • A student whose nursing cumulative GPA is below a 3.000 may be put on probation in the Nursing major for the next semester and will not be permitted to progress in her Nursing course sequence.
  • Students will not be permitted to begin any NSG courses without a major GPA of 3.000 in her required supporting courses.

Failure to meet academic standards and/or probation requirements may result in dismissal from the Nursing program (i.e., students will be required to select a different major if they wish to continue at Sage).

Students must receive a grade of “C” or higher (2.000) in all nursing 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. Appeals of decisions by the Academic Standards Committee may be made by submitting a written petition to the coordinator of the BS program. 

* Nursing GPA includes all nursing and required support courses.

Current Sage Students who wish to Request a Major Change to Nursing

Admission to the Nursing program as a continuing student declaring Nursing as a new major requires a cumulative GPA of 3.000 for all coursework required for the Nursing program. Requests for major changes to Nursing are only reviewed twice a year, at the end of the fall and spring terms. Sage students must contact the Offices of Academic Advising for more details on this process. Note: qualified candidates may be denied admission to the program if space is not available.