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Counseling Nurse Advanced Certificate

Changes in society as well as in the health care system result in increased stress to the population in general and more specifically to health care consumers. Consequently, counseling is often needed for assistance in coping with these changes and stressors. Since nurses are key health care providers throughout the health care system, they can provide this needed counseling with additional knowledge and skills beyond their baccalaureate preparation.

This 15-credit program provides an opportunity for nurses working in a variety of settings (hospice, schools, nursing homes, and other community agencies; in-patient and out-patient psychiatric facilities; and general hospitals) and with different age groups (child, adolescent, adult and aged) to increase their learning and skills in counseling individuals, groups, and families. Nurses can help counsel clients and families to promote mental health in resolving losses and other crises, to adjust to and cope with acute and chronic health challenges, and to deal with mental health issues.

Admission Requirements:

The general admission requirements for Sage Graduate School must be followed. An interview with the Director of the Graduate Program in Nursing is recommended.

Admission Criteria:

  • Registered nurses with a baccalaureate degree. If the degree is not nursing, then the required upper department level nursing courses (12 credits maximum) which are comparable to baccalaureate nursing must be taken prior to admission.
  • GPA of baccalaureate program must be at least 2.75 GPA. Probationary admission is possible if GPA lower. Probationary is changed to regular admission if first course taken is at least a “B.”
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Career goals statement

For further information contact the graduate program in Nursing at 518-244-2384 or e-mail [email protected].

Program Summary

Choice of a or b: 3 Credits


(80 hours practicum with on-site preceptor. Students with faculty design their clinical to build on their own expertise in having worked with a particular client population and further develop career goals. Clinical practicum may be conducted in home geographical location.)

*Required courses in psychiatric-mental health Master’s of Nursing.

Total Credits Hours Required: 15

Additional Information:

Since the above courses are included in the master’s of nursing, students can pursue their studies in the master’s psychiatric-mental health nursing track. (Even the 80 hours of practicum can be applied to the total required for the master’s.) If students wish to pursue other nursing program areas for the master’s, nine credits plus the practicum hours can be applied.