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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 communitybased care environments and for graduate education in advanced practice. Many opportunities are available for baccalaureate-prepared nurses in today’s health care system.

Degree Requirements

Total Nursing credits: 54

Select one of the following (with laboratory): 4 Credits

Select one sociology course: 3 Credits

 The following is recommended

Total required supporting courses: 27 Credits

General Education Requirements

 not fulfilled by Major or required Supporting Courses

Humanities/Arts (may include cross-cultural) : 12 credits

Quantitative Reasoning Course: 3 Credits

Cross-Cultural Course: 0-3 Credits

Electives: 9-12 Credits

  •  3-6 credits must be liberal arts courses (in order to earn a total of 60 liberal arts credits).
  • HSC 301: Pharmacology is recommended as a general elective (not liberal arts).

Total credits required for degree: 120


If the Language Requirement is satisfied through proficiency or waived, then an additional 6 credits of other humanities must be taken.

Graduates of the nursing program are eligible to take the national examination for licensure as Registered Professional Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Suggested Course Sequence for BS Degree in Nursing

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.

First Year

1st Semester

Total: 14.5 Credits

2nd Semester

Total: 14.5 Credits

Second Year

1st Semester

Total: 14 Credits

2nd Semester

Total: 17 Credits

Third Year

1st Semester

Total: 15 Credits

2nd Semester

Total: 15 Credits

Fourth Year

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 75 credits, (60 from Associate Degree level courses).

Graduates of Registered Nurse Programs

A Registered Nurse (RN) who has matriculated at RSC 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 Sage College of Albany RN/BS  program in Sage After Work (SAW).

A nursing student works closely with a nursing advisor to plan the program of study.


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 master’s 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.


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. The Sage Colleges 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.

BS/MS Program

The BS/MS program is an early entrance into the Master’s program. It provides an opportunity for those who desire a Master’s degree, to complete up to 12 credits of Master’s coursework while completing the baccalaureate  degree. The program was developed to meet the needs of students and clinical agencies in northeastern New York. The program provides a sequence of courses to: 1) facilitate the progress of basic students and registered nurses  who wish to obtain both a baccalaureate and a master’s degree in nursing, and 2) increase the numbers 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 BS and MS degrees in a shorter period of time.

Candidates for the BS/MS program must have a 2.75 GPA in all undergraduate coursework. Students in the BS/MS program must maintain a 2.75 GPA in undergraduate work and a 3.0 GPA in graduate work. Application to the BS/MS  program is made after successful completion of specified coursework and upon recommendation of faculty of the Department. Prior to acceptance into the program, basic students must complete the first semester of the junior  year. Evaluation for continuation in the program will occur after completion of each semester of coursework.

Academic Standards

The Russell Sage College 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 students declaring Nursing as a new major, requires a cumulative GPA of 3.0 for all coursework required for the Nursing program.
  • Students must maintain a major GPA of 3.0 to progress in the Nursing Program.*
    • A student whose nursing cumulative GPA is below a 3.0 after completion of 12 credits of 200-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.
    • Student progress in the program, subsequent to the 200 level, is also reviewed at the end of each semester by the program’s undergraduate Academic Standards Committee.
    • 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 Russell Sage).
  • Students must receive a grade of “C” or higher 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.